Australian Government Traceability Grants Program – Round 2

Enhanced Traceability, Interoperability and Open Data Standards

On behalf of the National GS1 Traceability Advisory Group (NGTAG) Steering Committee, we are delighted to acknowledge the importance of the national government initiative to enhance supply chain traceability.

We refer specifically to the recent announcement of Round 2 Grant Funding by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment that the funding grant window is now open (applications close 21 January, 2021).

More information regarding the Traceability Grants Program Round 2 can be viewed on the Government website.

This program provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate interoperability and the use of open data standards for product traceability.

The Steering Committee will explore options to leverage Round 2 Grant Funding to assist with NGTAG work programs, including the Industry [Traceability] Readiness Review as actioned in recent meetings. We would also encourage members to consider opportunities and promote key messages aligned to key objectives of the group, specifically:

  1. A cross-sector approach that recognises linkages between sectors of the economy, including but not limited to the agriculture sector, health and transport/ supply chain logistics
  2. Interoperability to ensure that traceability systems and solutions can communicate with one another as a connected digital supply chain, and;
  3. Global data standards to ensure we build open (non-proprietary) systems that genuinely focus on reducing the cost of doing business, and provide access to international markets

There has been continued focus on traceability with industry organisations and governments initiating projects and pilots in many sectors. Our concern remains that, some of these activities may lead to duplication and multiple frameworks, adding cost and/or barriers to market access for Australian industry. NGTAG was formed to provide a forum for discussion about the importance of a national approach to traceability, trade and the interaction of Australian industry and governments. 

Global data standards

Global data standards are deeply entrenched in many parts of agribusiness and associated economic sectors with all major processors, traders and retailers strongly aligned. The extent and relevance of industry adoption of standards is often overlooked. It is nevertheless fundamental to the way our economy and global trade systems work. Industry or country-specific supply chain standards and solutions create inefficiency, waste and reduce industry competitiveness.

NGTAG is committed to supporting the national effort to enhanced traceability and modernise trade and supporting regulatory systems. National and global alignment is critical to ensure we don’t end up with ‘islands’ of information unable to identify, capture and share information, of crucial importance to enhanced traceability, trade modernisation and related regulatory reforms.

NGTAG’s objective is to support Australian industry maintain and build global competitiveness, sustainable economic growth and positive socio-economic outcomes and opportunity for all Australians.

GS1 support for applicants

GS1 Australia is pleased to support and work with industry and business, solution providers and research organisations that are committed to helping industry understand and use global data standard for trade. Specifically, via the use of GS1 keys, data carriers and related standards relevant for improved supply chain performance, integrity and safety.

As part of this formal support package, GS1 Australia can provide applicants with;

  • A letter of support for your application
  • A standard agreement for technical support
  • Access to all necessary standards information
  • Advice on project scope and outcomes


If you have any questions or suggestions relating to the above, please reach out to the NGTAG Steering Committee and Secretariat at:


Ram Akella                                  David McNeil
NGTAG Co-Chair                          NGTAG Co-Chair