National Traceability Accord


End-to-end traceability requires harmonisation within and across government and industry. To achieve a harmonised approach and the benefits of traceability, an agreed set of principles are required, enabling a whole of economy adoption. The National Traceability Accord is a set of principles that the signatories have voluntarily endorsed. Support of the National Traceability Accord is open to all companies across Australia, with many associations, retailers and brands already represented as signatories.

              The National Traceability Accord is a welcome industry initiative aligned with the DAWE-led National Traceability Framework. We look forward to exploring how it can complement existing Government policies and priorities to strengthen supply chains and build resilience." David Hazlehurst, Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE)

Media Release: Australia's National Traceability Accord announced


1. For the greater good

Traceability systems can deliver competitive advantages to individual companies. It is its aggregate value across the economy that will deliver greater safety for all Australians and lift Australia’s brand in key export markets.

2. Interoperability and global data standards

Interoperability of traceability systems is critical to ensure transparent and cost-effective implementation of solutions. Interoperability is needed within and across sectors, domestically and internationally.

3. Traceability insights, collaboration and sharing

The business value of full product traceability can be harnessed through collaboration and sharing of traceability insights along with necessary data on both critical incident as well as on a regular basis.

4. Transparency with privacy

Transparency is a key principle for responsible sharing of traceability data to establish full end-to-end product traceability. The signatories recognise that the sharing of traceability data with supply chain partners must be done with data sharing agreements and privacy protections in place.

5. Resolution of incident and data disposal

Resolution of product safety incidents, including food safety, in a timely manner is one of the key criteria for successful implementation of traceability solutions.

6. Traceability with purpose

Traceability must deliver benefits that are tangible, measurable and meaningful to consumers, industry and governments. In this respect, traceability is a means to an end, rather than an objective on its own.


The following signatories have voluntarily endorsed the National Traceability Accord

The National Traceability Accord is facilitated through the National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group.


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