Review of the Wheat Port Code

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The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources was tasked with conducting the three-year statutory review of the Wheat Port Code. The review was announced on 29 September 2017, and an issues paper was released to start the first round of public consultation. After considering the 14 submissions received and additional input from consultations and research, the review released its interim report on 10 April 2018.

The second round of consultation closed on 25 June 2018. Eleven submissions on the interim report were received, and the review taskforce met directly with over 30 stakeholders—including government agencies, grower and industry representative bodies, exporters and PTSPs—in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth during the second round of consultation.

The review proposed a small number of amendments aimed at improving the operation of the code. These amendments largely stemmed from the ACCC’s practical experience in monitoring the code’s operation over the first three years. However, the opportunity was also taken to look more deeply into related matters—in particular, proposals from the ACCC to extend coverage of the code to all bulk grains and to apply baseline regulatory access arrangements to vertically integrated up-country storage and handling networks.

The review made 12 recommendations for consideration and response by government in due course.

For more information please contact:

Email: Wheat Port Code Review

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources was tasked with conducting the three-year statutory review of the Wheat Port Code. The review was announced on 29 September 2017, and an issues paper was released to start the first round of public consultation. After considering the 14 submissions received and additional input from consultations and research, the review released its interim report on 10 April 2018.

The second round of consultation closed on 25 June 2018. Eleven submissions on the interim report were received, and the review taskforce met directly with over 30 stakeholders—including government agencies, grower and industry representative bodies, exporters and PTSPs—in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth during the second round of consultation.

The review proposed a small number of amendments aimed at improving the operation of the code. These amendments largely stemmed from the ACCC’s practical experience in monitoring the code’s operation over the first three years. However, the opportunity was also taken to look more deeply into related matters—in particular, proposals from the ACCC to extend coverage of the code to all bulk grains and to apply baseline regulatory access arrangements to vertically integrated up-country storage and handling networks.

The review made 12 recommendations for consideration and response by government in due course.

For more information please contact:

Email: Wheat Port Code Review