Agricultural policies and support

Australia - Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2011


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At 3% of total farm income, government agricultural support to producers in Australia is now the second-lowest in the OECD, having been reduced from already relatively low levels in 1986-88.

The more recent decline in support from 2008 to 2010 is mainly due to a reduction in support triggered by drought conditions.

Policy developments

  • There has been substantial and continuing progress since 1986-88 in removing policies that distort agricultural production and trade.

  • Remaining producer support is dominated by the Exceptional Circumstances Program. The decline in producer support in recent years reflects the transitory nature of these payments as they are only triggered in response to severe and rare weather events.

  • Continued strong support to the farming community through General Services, particularly in research and development, provides opportunities for innovative approaches in the agriculture sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, better manage soils, and adapt to climate change.

  • A new initiative to protect Australia’s natural environment, launched in 2009, provides tools for communities, farmers and other land managers to meet the challenges of producing food and fibre in more sustainable ways.

  • Overall, the key challenges continue to be to increase the economic viability of farming while also providing for the conservation of natural resources and managing the impacts of climate change.


Australia: OECD Producer Support Estimates (PSE) 
Level and composition by support categories, 1986-2010

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Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2011:
OECD Countries and Emerging Economies
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