ARC Training Centre
The ARC Training Centre for Uniquely Australian Foods works in a collaborative partnership with Indigenous Enterprise and Advisory groups. Together, we aim to transform the Native Food and Agribusiness Sector through scientific, social, economic and legal research on native foods, plants and ingredients. In accordance with our Policies and Procedures, we adhere to best practice research protocols to protect the rights, aspirations and interests of our First Nations partners, and to support First Nations enterprises (and others) identify and develop products and services across the entire native foods value chain.
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Training Centre funding scheme (project IC180100045), the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the University of Queensland.
Native foods represent a major opportunity for premium Australian products in both domestic and export markets, capitalising on consumer interest in the provenance and traditional heritage characteristics of foods.
Expected outcomes include technical information to support further research, branding and market development, best practice development in social factors and legal arrangements for benefit sharing, and a cohort of trained and industry-ready researchers and First Nations enterprise partners who can lead the native foods industry forward. This should provide significant benefits in driving sustainable growth of the premium Australian food sector with high value products which can never be imitated due to their unique origins and properties.