Inquiry into Australia's food processing sector

Inquiry into Australia's food processing sector

16 August 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-1-74229-657-9

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Members of the Committee (PDF 0KB)
Terms of Reference (PDF 0KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 0KB)
List of Recommendations (PDF 0KB)
Chapter 1 - Australia's food processing sector (PDF 0KB)

Overview of Australia's food processing sector
Challenges for the food processing sector
Opportunities for the food processing sector
Context of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - The taxation and regulatory environment (PDF 0KB)

The case for reform
The current regulatory environment
Growth in regulation and red tape
The need for cross jurisdictional reform
Taxes—state and federal

Chapter 3 - The effectiveness of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (PDF 0KB)

The current market
Unconscionable conduct and misuse of market power
Concluding committee comments

Chapter 4 - Food labelling (PDF 0KB)

Country of Origin Labelling Regime
Blewett Review
Concerns about Labelling
Options for reform
Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Agreement Issues

Chapter 5 - Biosecurity and food safety (PDF 0KB)

The role of biosecurity
Cost recovery
Harmonisation of audit arrangements
Import and export issues

Chapter 6 - Skills development and labour market issues (PDF 0KB)

The food processing labour market
Shortage of food science and agriculture graduates
Other labour shortages
Workplace relations issues

Chapter 7 - Innovation, research and development (PDF 0KB)

The importance of research and development
Government support for research and development

Chapter 8 - Australian food exports—opportunities and challenges (PDF 0KB)

Opportunities for export
The challenges to export
Free trade agreements
Committee view

Chapter 9 - Concluding comments (PDF 0KB)
Government Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 0KB)

The Food Processing Sector in Australia
Trade Policy Implications
Regulation and Competition Policy Implications
Bio-security issues
Cost recovery policy issues
Anti-Dumping Measures
Transport and Freight issues
Workforce issues
Energy Costs and the Carbon Price
Concluding Remarks

Minority Report by Nick Xenophon Independent Senator for South Australia (PDF 0KB)
Appendix 1 (PDF 0KB)
Answers to Questions on Notice
Additional information received
Appendix 2 - Public Hearings: Witnesses (PDF 0KB)

13 December 2011, Canberra
10 February 2012, Sydney
8 March 2012, Shepparton
9 March 2012, Shepparton
12 April 2012, Devonport
17 April 2012, Adelaide
18 April 2012, Perth
11 May 2012, Canberra
15 May 2012, Canberra

Appendix 3 - Employers' Recruitment Experiences in the Food Processing Sector (PDF 0KB)
Appendix 4 - Relevant Extracts from New Zealand's Fair Trading Act 1986 (PDF 0KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Select Committee on Australia's Food Processing Sector
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3583
Fax: +61 2 6277 5719