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.

  • Our Objectives

    Our Objectives The ARC Training Centre for Uniquely Australian Foods works in a collaborative partnership with First Nations Enterprise and Advisory Groups. Broadly, in collaboration with our Industry and First Nations partners,  we aim to..

  • Our values, policies and procedures

    Our values, policies and procedures We approach all our work adhering to a set of core values, policies and procedures. Our values Our team is comprised of individuals from a wonderful range of diverse backgrounds..

  • Our Governance Structure

    Our governance structure Our governing structure and processes are listed below.

  • Who We Are

    Who we are The University of Queensland-led Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Uniquely Australian Foods  is made up of chief investigators, international collaborators, industry partners as well as technical and postdoctoral..

  • Our First Nations Groups

    Our First Nations Groups It is a core operating principle of the Training Centre that our research on Australian native botanicals must involve, wherever possible, meaningful engagement with, and leadership from, Australia’s First Nations people...

  • Our Industry Partners

    The outcomes of the Training Centre will include the testing of market opportunities, the development of appropriate social and business models, and the identification of future opportunities for Uniquely Australian Foods. Economic and quality of..

  • Our Transdisciplinary Approach

    We embrace a Transdisciplinary approach. In all our work, we transcend disciplinary boundaries to achieve new ways of collaborating, creating, operating and understanding things together. This leads us to reach deeper, more interconnected levels of..