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.


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

Signatories of the National Traceability Accord agree to:

  1. Openly collaborate on end-to-end traceability in a non-competitive way, for the benefit of all.
  2. Utilise global data standards, update or develop new standards when necessary and strive to support interoperability to the greatest extent practical.
  3. Commit to share traceability insights to enhance product safety and recall, biosecurity and authenticity in both domestic and global markets.
  4. Recognise the need to share traceability data with supply chain partners based on data sharing agreements, whilst protecting privacy and intellectual property.
  5. Agree to share relevant product data amongst themselves along with external entities for timely resolution. Signatories will commit to the timely disposal of data shared along with the supporting artefacts.
  6. Share a common goal to enhance traceability to achieve safer and more responsible production and consumption, to gain market access, more effectively meet regulations, to increase efficiencies and capitalise on circular economy opportunities.

Why do we need Traceability? 

  • To improve market access for Australian industry
  • To meet export market requirements and regulations
  • To improve product safety in Australia
  • To remain globally competitive
  • To improve supply chain efficiency

How will the National Traceability Accord be used?

  • To foster a ‘traceability culture’ leading to trust, interoperability and end-to-end supply chain traceability.
  • To guide government policy across portfolios based on industry’s vision for traceability.
  • To inform new members of the National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group and other domestic and international bodies of the group’s purpose and vision.

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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