Competitiveness of Tasmanian Agriculture for 2050

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Sitting under Tasmania’s Sustainable Agri-food Plan 2019-23, and beside our Growing Tasmanian Agriculture – Research, Development and Extension for 2050, the Discussion Paper below considers the ongoing competitiveness of our state’s land-based agricultural sector and how all parties seize opportunities and tackle complex problems to meet our 2050 AgriVision target. 

  Competitiveness of Tasmanian Agriculture for 2050 Discussion Paper   (784Kb)

Supporting and listening to Tasmania’s agriculture and food producers continues to be a key part of the government’s plan. More and more, what drives value and advantage in the market place is the ability to collaborate across enterprises, industry, research bodies and government. It is for this reason that as part of this White Paper process the government has undertaken preliminary consultation with stakeholders and is now seeking further input to shape the initiatives that will be taken forward. 

Your response to this Discussion Paper will help inform the final White Paper actions and you are encouraged to make a submission or complete the ​online survey

How to have​​ you​​​​​​r ​say

All written submissions must be received by Monday 24 February 2020. 

Submissions can be completed online using the SurveyMonkey ​survey​
or can be forwarded to: 

The Project Team: ​White Paper on the Com​petitiveness of Tasmanian Agriculture for 2050
GPO Box 44 

Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website.

No personal information other than an individual’s name or the organisation making a submission will be published.
For further information please contact ​

Important infor​​​​mation

  • Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
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The Right to Inform​​ati​​on​ Act 2009 and ​confidentiality

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.  You may also be contacted to provide any further comment. 


Accessibilit​​​y of su​​b​​​missions

  • The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information.  We are therefore committed to ensuring Government information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.
  • Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.
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In providing your submission please consider each of the main themes and where relevant to your enterprise, address the questions below:

Focus Area​​​s

Innovating for the Future
  1. ​What are the innovation barriers or opportunities to be further pursued in your industry or agriculture more broadly?
  2. Are there Tasmanian Government policies that would promote greater innovation and uptake of technology in agriculture?
Smarter Regulation
  1. What types of service improvements and management solutions can be considered to maximise value from our infrastructure and natural resources?
  2. What new tools could be used to enable an adaptive and outcome-based approach to regulation?
  3. What further opportunities do you see for red tape reduction, streamlining or harmonisation for your industry or agriculture more broadly?
Investing in People
  1. What other ways can Government support industry to help workers undertake ongoingtraining or skill development in response to technological advancements and innovation?
  2. What else can the Tasmanian Government do to deliver skills for a modern and evolving agricultural sector?
Managing R​isk​​​
  1. What are the prospects and major risks you are concerned about in your industry or the agri-food sector?  What aspects should be a focus for Government?
  2. What are the additional policy directions for the Tasmanian Government that would support preparedness, management, resilience and adaptation to risk?
Harnessing Natural Cap​​ital
  1. What additional steps can be taken by Government to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the state’s unique natural qualities that you or your industry are progressing?
  2. What other Tasmanian Government policies could be developed that would underpin the sustainable use of our natural resources to promote competitiveness in agriculture?
​​Capitalising on our Brand
  1. Do you, or do you plan to employ strategies to capitalise on the Tasmanian Brand in domestic and international markets? Please provide examples.
  2. What additional Tasmanian Government policies would support growth in high value markets and trade for Tasmanian agricultural and food products?

Emerging ​​​Priorities

Circular Economy
  1. How do you think Tasmania could lead the way in building a circular economy?
  2. Are you aware of examples of good practice which you can share?
Digital Transformation
  1. Can you provide examples of global technologies and business models that have had positive impacts on agriculture?
  2. How could industry foster and government promote accelerated adoption of technologies in Tasmania?
  3. What projects have you identified that could create opportunities to increase scale and reduce input costs?
Agricultural Innovation at the Core
  1. How can we​ translate marketing, cultural and production learnings from other successful sectors to agriculture, and across industries and the value chain?​


AgriGrowth Tasmania
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS
Phone: 1300 292 292

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