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The purpose of the Code of Practice is to describe practices that the grain industry use to ensure Australian grain and grain products meet domestic or export customer requirements. Customer requirements include those stipulated in contracts and regulatory requirements at a State, Federal and international level. Adherence to the Code is mandatory for GTA Members.
A series of Technical Guideline Documents are also being developed to support members meet the requirements as outlined by the Code.
Of particular note in relation to Trade & Market Access is the Technical Guideline Document outlining Grain Certification
In line with the industry Code of Practice, the Australia grain production sector have developed the on-farm guide Growing Australian Grain - Safely managing risks with crop inputs and grain on farm
The GTA Trading Standards are a critical tool for anyone purchasing, selling, trading, brokering or operating in the commercial grain industry. They are reviewed annually by the GTA Standards Committee with significant input from industry.
GTA Trading Standards describe the particular qualities and characteristics of particular grades of various grain commodities with reference to common characteristics (such as protein, moisture and screenings). The use of agreed or defined Standards facilitates contracting by giving parties to contracts common reference points on which to base negotiations.
GTA produces Trading Standards for cereals and coarse grains only. Standards for Pulses and Oilseeds are produced by Pulse Australia and the Australian Oilseed Federation respectively. Other industry groups also produce specific standards to target commodies i.e. birdseed. GTA makes these available from our website for the convenience of our members.