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Government Reforms to Wheat Export Marketing

23 September 2011

AUSTRALIA - Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, has today announced the Government's response to Productivity Commission recommendations regarding wheat export market reforms.

Minister Ludwig said the Government has accepted the recommendations in the Productivity Commission’s report, including deregulating the wheat export market and reducing costs to growers and exporters.

“The Government supports the recommendations provided by the Commission and believes they will improve future wheat marketing arrangements,” Minister Ludwig said.

“These recommendations will be implemented through a staged process to continue the transition towards full deregulation.”

Minister Ludwig said the first stage will see the application of a ‘lighter–touch’ accreditation scheme under current legislation from 1 October this year.

“This will reduce the level of administrative red tape for exporters, including accredited port terminal operators, and allow growers more time to adapt to the new environment,” he said.

The WEA and the wheat export charge will be abolished on 30 September 2012. Access test requirements to support open competition will remain in place until 2014.

From 1 October 2014, the market will be fully deregulated and access issues will be governed by a code of conduct and general competition law administered by the ACCC.

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