Up to $1.65M is available from Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) to help open improve access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products.


Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC)

The Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) programme aims to open, improve and maintain access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products by building stronger relationships with:

  • trading partners
  • neighbouring countries
  • international organisations.



The Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) programme objective 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.

The focus of the ATMAC programme is to support projects that aim to achieve the programme objective by:

  • 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
  • helping Australia meet its international obligations, such as commitments made under the World Trade Organization Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement



Programme funding of $3.1 million (plus GST) is available over four years from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2019. Individual projects will receive from $55 000 to $1.65 million (GST inclusive), provided through grants.


Eligible Projects

Project activities that are likely to meet the programme objective and attract funding include:

  • research and development projects
  • training programmes
  • practical demonstration activities
  • supporting delegation visits, missions or technical exchanges
  • attending relevant conferences or workshops
  • working groups.

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 programme criteria.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for funding under the ATMAC programme, applicants, whether an individual or an organisation, must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be capable of entering into a legally binding agreement with the Commonwealth. This includes:

  • companies incorporated under the Corporation Act 2001
  • incorporated associations incorporated under state or territory association incorporation legislation
  • Indigenous corporations incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
  • body corporates created under state or territory legislation, including local governments and universities
  • legally constituted partnerships (all partners must sign or authorise the signing of the agreement)
  • state or territory departments and agencies
  • individuals.



The program is ON HOLD and is currently unable to accept applications for grant funding due to an internal review of funding allocations.  Information on the program’s status will be updated on this site. Applicants who have already submitted an application for funding will be advised outcomes as soon as possible.


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