Wheat Exports Australia

(Abolished 31 December 2012)

Wheat Exports Australia (WEA) was established on 1 July 2008 following changes to Australia's legislated wheat export arrangements. WEA was an Australian Government agency within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) portfolio.

Under the Wheat Export Marketing Act 2008 (the Act), WEA's primary role was to administer the Wheat Export Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme).

The Scheme allowed for the accreditation of bulk wheat exporters which met the specified 'fit and proper' criteria and for WEA to exercise its monitoring and enforcement powers. This promoted a competitive bulk wheat export market that gave growers more choice in the marketing of their wheat.

As an independent statutory body, WEA had the power to grant, suspend, cancel or vary bulk wheat export accreditations.

On 29 November 2012, the Wheat Export Marketing Amendment Bill 2012 was passed by the Australian Parliament.

Under the Bill, the Wheat Export Accreditation Scheme and the Wheat Export Charge were abolished on 10 December 2012 and WEA closed on 31 December 2012.

Port access test requirements and continuous disclosure will be monitored by the ACCC until 30 September 2014 when they will be removed dependent on the development and implementation of a mandatory industry code of conduct covering access to grain export terminals.

The Government will also establish a national wheat industry advisory taskforce to examine current arrangements along the supply chain and provide recommendations on the appropriate use of surplus funds from the Wheat Export Charge.

Port Terminal Map

Port Terminal Map

The map shows the 19 grain port terminals in Australia - the colour coded tags provide details of the associated shipping stem and related port authority.

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WEA Annual report 2013:

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WEA final reports 2012: