The Australian Government released the National Food Plan white paper in 2013 following public consultation.

The National Food Plan sets out key goals to grow Australia’s domestic industry and increase the value of its food exports.

To achieve its vision for Australia’s food system the government has set the following
16 goals for the nation for 2025:

1. The value of Australia’s agriculture and food-related exports will have increased by 45 per cent (in real terms), contributing to an increase in our gross domestic product.

2. Australia will have stronger food trade and investment relationships with countries across the region and the capabilities to promote Australian interests.

3. Australia will have a globally recognised food brand that is synonymous with high-quality, innovative, safe and sustainable food, services and technology.

4. Australia’s agricultural productivity will have increased by 30 per cent, helping farmers grow more food using fewer inputs.

5. Innovation in Australia’s food manufacturing industry will have increased, building scale and capability through collaborations to make the most of emerging opportunities in the Asian region.

6. Australia’s agriculture and fisheries workforce will have built its skills base, increasing the proportion with post-school qualifications.

7. Australia’s infrastructure and biosecurity systems will support a growing food industry, moving food cost-effectively and efficiently to markets and supporting new export opportunities.

8. Participation by Australian food businesses in the digital economy will have increased, driving productivity gains and innovation and creating connections with global markets.

9. Australia will be among the top five most efficiently regulated countries in the world, reducing business costs.

10. Australia will have built on its high level of food security by continuing to improve access to safe and nutritious food for those living in remote communities or struggling with disadvantage.

11. Australia will be considered to be in the top three countries in the world for food safety, increasing the reputation of Australia’s exports.

12. Australians will have the information they need to help them make decisions about food.

13. Australian children will have a better understanding of how food is produced.

14. Australia will have contributed to global food security by helping farmers in developing countries gain access to new agricultural technologies.

15. Australia will produce food sustainably and will have adopted innovative practices to improve productive and environmental outcomes.

16. Australia will have reduced per capita food waste.

View RDA Sunshine Coast’s National Food Plan submission.