6 October 2017

Review of port terminal access (bulk wheat) Code of Conduct

A review of the Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct (Wheat Port Code) is underway.

Summary of changes and key points:

  • The department is reviewing the Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct (Wheat Port Code) as required by regulation.
  • The department invites you to provide feedback on the code by completing the online survey and/or making a written submission through the department’s stakeholder engagement platform Have your Say.
    An issues paper that provides background on the Wheat Port Code and poses some questions to bulk wheat exporters is also available on Have your Say.
  • The department will arrange meetings with industry stakeholders to discuss their views. We are also available to meet with you in Canberra or to attend key industry events.
  • Submissions close on 24 November 2017. The department will consider submissions before publishing a draft report and seeking further industry feedback in February 2018.

The Wheat Port Code regulates bulk wheat port terminal service providers to ensure bulk wheat exporters have fair and transparent access to port terminal services.

The Wheat Port Code replaced the ‘access test’ provisions of the Wheat Export Marketing Act 2008 after the repeal of the Act in 2014. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission enforces the code.

(For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at

Source: Australian Government Department of Agriculture & Water Resources Export Industry Advise Notice 2017-39 dated 4 October 2017

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