Australian AgriFood Data Exchange

NEW: A Request for Information is open to the technology community to implement a series of experiments, designed to test the viability and feasibility of the prioritised use cases of the Australian AgriFood Data Exchange. Read more about this opportunity.



The Australian AgriFood Data Exchange has a vision to create an interconnected data highway for Australia’s AgriFood value chain.

The Australian AgriFood Data Exchange seeks to provide a digital platform that enables​:

  • The permissioned exchange of data between AgriFood industry participants​
  • Timely access to information that supports decision making for the AgriFood value chain​
  • Release management capacity
  • Standardisation and consistency of industry data assets​
  • The capacity to adapt, incorporating new use cases for data exchange that deliver value and support resilience of AgriFood value chain participants ​
  • Increased transparency of AgriFood industry data to support multiple use cases (e.g. regulatory compliance, collaboration between public & private data sets)

Primary use cases for informing the Australian Agrifood Data Exchange design

Following industry consultation, prioritised use cases of the Australian AgriFood Data Exchange include reducing the burden of regulatory compliance, identifying and anticipating biosecurity risks, benchmarking performance to inform decision making, and bringing traceability to the entire value chain. Further use cases will be considered as additional funding comes into the project. Experimenting with different methods of data exchange, technology vendors and sharing data for these four use cases will occur in 2021 to help test and refine the requirements and policies for the Australian AgriFood Data Exchange.

  1. Centralised Data for Compliance and Certification

The ability through the data exchange to have centralised compliance data that allows rapid response to evolving compliance requirements and get/give access to relevant compliance artefacts to any parties along the supply chain (i.e. certifications, customs requirements).

  1. Biosecurity and contamination information

The ability to have a single view of disparate data sources to identify any contamination source or presence of pests (i.e. trucking day/load, field/block/paddock stock/harvest came from, fertiliser and agrichem in that paddock, hormone or animal health treatments, any biosecurity issues on farm in recent years, identify and link existing surveillance database and systems).

  1. Voluntary benchmarking for comparisons and decisions

The ability to share benchmarking data with any required parties quickly and easily, whilst ensuring data remains confidential, consistent and validated.

  1. Supply and origin traceability

The ability to build the full story about produce on its journey through to the consumer, with details from each aspect of the supply chain (i.e. property, quality, weight, journey, certifications, origin, welfare, exposure to fertiliser/chemicals etc.) and be able to receive feedback from others in the supply chain.


The project has received support from the organisations below and the Honourable Andrew Robb AO has been appointed Independent Chairman to lead the governance and direction of the project. AAFDX - investors and supports


Register your interest

The door remains open for additional project supporters to join this unique collaboration between government, industry and research bodies.


If you have any questions or if you would like more information please email the Project Management Office.


Technology vendors invited to collaborate with agrifood leaders to help enable data sharing

A Request for Information (RFI) is open to the local and global technology community to implement a series of experiments, designed to test the viability and feasibility of the prioritised use cases of the Australian AgriFood Data Exchange, and to understand different approaches and solutions taken by vendors, which will ultimately help inform a business case to support the operational and funding requirements for a minimum viable product.

Experiments will be delivered from November 2021 culminating in their presentation at a Demo Day in February 2022. The RFI is available on the Meat and Livestock Australia tender website and submissions close on 5 October 2021 at 2pm AEDT.

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