What is Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC)?

The Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) is a grant to open, improve and/or maintain access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products by building stronger relationships with trading partners, neighbouring countries and international organisations.

The ATMAC program is a component of Portfolio Budget Statement program 1.13: International Market Access.

 

Background

The ATMAC program is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to modernise agricultural trade and grow agricultural exports. It is also consistent with the Government’s economic diplomacy agenda, which has trade as one of its four pillars supporting Australia’s economic interests. The program began as an initiative under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and aims to assist Australian industries in breaking down technical barriers to trade for Australian agricultural exports and secure new and improved access to premium markets.

The program will run over four years from 2019–20 to 2022–23. The Budget 2019–20 included a commitment to extend the program with a total of $6 million in administered funding over four years. The program funding will be equally distributed across each financial year from 2019–20 to 2022–23.

 

Objectives

The objective of the program is to open, improve and/or maintain access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products by building stronger relationships with trading partners, neighbouring countries and international organisations.

This will be achieved by funding activities and projects that closely align with and supports Australian government objectives in enhancing agricultural trade, and demonstrate a strong focus on outcomes such as:

  • undertaking research and development in collaboration with trading partners to help identify, use, open or improve mutually beneficial agricultural trade opportunities
  • working with overseas governments and international organisations to develop common regulatory and technical requirements and standards
  • building evidence to inform Australia’s position on international agricultural trade policy and advocacy of standards
  • sharing technical expertise and research to increase trading partners’ knowledge of Australia’s biosecurity, food safety and compliance regimes and practices, and to increase their preparedness to respond to exotic pest and disease incursions
  • promoting good biosecurity risk management practices, improving scientific capabilities and strengthening surveillance efforts in trading partner and neighbouring countries
  • build agricultural trading relationships through cooperation activities that increase mutual understanding of technical and policy issues that affect market access such as non-tariff measures
  • helping Australia meet its international obligations, such as commitments made under the World Trade Organisation Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement.

The funding priorities for the 2020 grant opportunity are to:

  • help realise market access opportunities created for Australian exporters under recently ratified free trade agreements
  • contribute to the negotiation of protocols for new and improved market access
  • assist Australian industry in breaking down technical and non-tariff barriers to trade for Australian agricultural exports
  • assist trading partner’s knowledge of Australia’s biosecurity, food safety and compliance regimes and practices, and to increase capacity to respond to exotic pest and disease incursions.

 

Funding

The Australian Government has announced a total of $6 million GST exclusive over four years from 2019–20 to 2022–23 for the ATMAC program.  For the 2019–20 grant opportunity, a total of $1.5 million is available, with a maximum grant period of 18 months.

  • The minimum grant amount is $20,000 (GST exclusive)
  • The maximum grant amount is $400,000 (GST exclusive).

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your grant activity/project must demonstrate an eligible expenditure of at least $20,000 (GST exclusive).

Eligible activities can include:

  • research and development projects
  • training programmes
  • practical demonstration activities
  • supporting delegation visits, missions or technical exchanges
  • attending relevant conferences, workshops and forums
  • working groups.
  • feasibility studies
  • competitor analyses or sector or market analyses
  • commercial solutions.

Projects may occur in Australia or overseas.

Applicants may apply for funding for projects that benefit partner organisations based overseas, provided they meet all other program criteria.

 

Eligible Applicants

The ATMAC program is targeting large industries and producers. To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Company
  • Incorporated Association
  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Local Government
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority
  • Partnership
  • Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Non-Corporate Commonwealth Statutory Authority
  • Commonwealth Company
  • Cooperative
  • International Entity
  • Sole Trader
  • Statutory Entity
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust3

Applications from consortia are acceptable, as long as you have a lead applicant who is solely accountable to the Commonwealth for the delivery of grant activities and is an eligible entity as per the list above. Eligible organisations can form a consortia with ineligible organisations.

Applicants must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or be able to obtain one prior to receiving funding
  • be capable of entering into a legally binding agreement with the Commonwealth
  • request project funding of at least $20,000 (GST exclusive)
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution.

 

Timing

Applications close 31 January 2020.

 

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