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Grain Producers SA represents the interests of growers by making submissions on issues that will affect the future of the grain industry.

Mining Regulations 2020

11 September 2020

Grain Producers SA provided a submission to the Department for Energy and Mining's consultation on draft mining regulations. This follows on from GPSA's past advocacy on mining on agricultural land.

Download GPSA's submission.

Independent Review into South Australia’s 2019/20 Bushfire Season

2 April 2020

Grain Producers SA provided a submission to the Independent review into South Australia's 2019/20 bushfire season highlighting the measures that producers take to minimise fire risk and promote community safety.

Download GPSA's submission.

ESCOSA Rail Access Regime Review.

2 April 2020

Grain Producers SA provided a submission to the Essential Services Commission of South Australia's Rail Access Regime Review.

Download GPSA's submission.

Submission on regulation at Viterra’s bulk grain facilities

14 October 2019

Grain Producers SA provided a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in response to Viterra's application for exemption from parts 3-6 of the Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct.

Download GPSA's submission.

Submission on proposed amendments to trespass legislation dealing with farm trespass

11 October 2019

Grain Producers SA provided a submission to Attorney General Vickie Chapman in response to draft amendments to the Summary Offences Act 1953

GPSA believes that the proposed amendments will serve as a valuable deterrent to activists who intend on disrupting lawful primary production activities.

Download GPSA's submission.

Submission to the Grain Harvest Management Schemes Review

4 October 2019

Grain Producers SA provided a submission to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator in response to the Grain Harvest Management Schemes Review. GPSA supports a nationally consistent regulatory framework that provides a risk-based and transparent assessment of any proposed national Harvest Mass Management Scheme, and has made a series of recommendations to improve the system for SA growers.

Download GPSA's submission.

Public Consultation on changes to the GM Crops Management Regulations

30 September 2019

Grain Producers SA responded to the SA Government's plan to restrict South Australia’s moratorium on the cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) food crops to Kangaroo Island.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions sought written submissions from industry, farmers, and community stakeholders, and held public meetings on Kangaroo Island and in Adelaide.

Download GPSA's response.

Position paper (No. 2) - proposed amendments to the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill 2018

24 July 2019

GPSA has prepared a revised mining policy document following the passage of the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill 2019 through the House of Assembly. The document sets out legislative amendments to better balance agriculture and competing land interests as part of South Australia’s mining law.

On behalf of South Australian growers, GPSA will continue to advocate for the need to balance agriculture with competing land uses such as mining to protect the sustainability of agricultural production for future generations.

Read the position paper here.

Public Consultation on GM Independent Report

8 March 2019

Grain Producers SA responded to the findings handed down as part of the Independent Review of South Australia’s moratorium on the cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) food crops.

Download GPSA's response.

Position paper - proposed amendments to the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill 2018

28 February 2019

GPSA has prepared a detailed mining policy document that sets out GPSA’s required legislative amendments to the Mining Act 1971 and the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill 2018. This document is not exhaustive, and only addresses GPSA's concerns with the current Bill and Act.

On behalf of South Australian growers, GPSA will continue to advocate for the need to balance agriculture with competing land uses such as mining, to protect the sustainability of agricultural production for future generations.

Read the mining policy document here. 

CFS Powers (Fire and Emergency Services (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill)

5 February 2019

Grain Producers SA responded to the South Australian Parliament's Select Committee on the Fire and Emergency Services (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill.

GPSA was represented at a hearing of the committee on Febuary 4, 2019 by Vice-Chairman Adrian McCabe, CEO Caroline Rhodes, board director Peter Cousins, and GPSA staff member Leighton McDonald-Stuart.

The Committee's hearings are ongoing. 

Download the GPSA Submission

Moratorium on the Cultivation of Genetically Modified Crops in South Australia

12 December 2018

Grain Producers SA responded to the South Australian Parliament's Select Committee on the Moratorium on the Cultivation of Genetically Modified Crops in South Australia

GPSA was represented at a hearing of the committee by Chairman Wade Dabinett, CEO Caroline Rhodes, board director Dion Woolford, Mecardo Analyst Andrew Whitelaw, and PPSA Chairman Rob Kerin.

The Committee is yet to publish findings as hearings are ongoing.

Download the GPSA Submission

Download the hearing Hansard

You can also download GPSA's submission to the Independent Review

Draft Land Access Regulations

19 November 2018

Grain Producers SA responded to the proposed draft land access regulations arising from the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Amendment Bill 2018.

GPSA understands that these are the first ‘module’ of the consolidated regulations to be drafted.

Download the GPSA Submission

Issues Faced by Primary Producers Inquiry

11 December 2017

Grain Producers SA responded to the Economic and Finance Committee of the South Australian Parliament Inquiry into Issues Faced by Primary Producers.

GPSA was represented at a hearing of the committee by CEO Darren Arney, board directors Garry Hansen and Wade Dabinett, industry representatives Chris Heinjus and Mark Modra; and GPSA policy officer Shane Gale, all of whom raised several supply chain issues on behalf of grain producers, including:

  • Storage and handling and port provider that also has significant dominance in the marketing and exporting of SA grain.
  • The South Australian ports access regime.
  • Primary Industry Funding Schemes (Eyre Peninsula Grain Growers Rail Fund) Regulations 2017
  • Protected industrial action undertaken by the Maritime Union at the Flinders Adelaide container terminal.

Based on evidence received during the Inquiry, the committee concluded that some South Australian primary producers face issues that affect their ability to supply competitively in their respective supply chains. The full recommendations are explained in this update from GPSA. Visit the Economic and Finance Comittee website to read other submissions, including from Primary Producers SA.

Download the GPSA Submission

Download the Inquiry's final report

Download EFC Hearing Hansard

Semaphore Container Services exemption application

11 July 2017

GPSA supported an exemption for Semaphore Container Services to have access to Inner Harbour, citing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's draft view that it would not be detrimental to competition in markets.

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Inquiry into South Australian bulk grain supply chain costs

30 May 2017

Submissions to the Essential Services Commission of SA review of bulk grain supply chain costs closed on Friday, 12 May 2017. Its purpose is to determine the "reasonableness of the costs underpinning the South Australian bulk grain supply chain", including the costs over the past 10 years and providing options to address any inefficiencies identified.

Download the GPSA submission

Find out more about the inquiry at the ESCOSA website

Leading Practice Mining Acts Review

13 April 2017

GPSA responded to the review of SA's mining laws, conducted by the Department of State Development. The submission focuses on measures that will increase the rights of grain producers as landowners and protect valuable grain growing land with its long-term benefits for future generations.

Read a three-page summary of the submission

Download the full submission

Proposed National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice

10 April 2017

A National Heavy Vehicle Regulator project team has been investigating creation of a National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice. GPSA provided a submission outlining examples of dimensions of agricultural vehicles sold in SA.

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Permit application for use of glyphosate on feed barley

27 October 2016

GPSA supported the national permit application by Grain Producers Australia to allow the use of glyphosate on barley (except malting barley) as a harvest aid and for weed control.

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ASIC Consultation Paper 266

12 September 2016

GPSA provided input on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's call for comment on 'Remaking ASIC class orders on managed investment schemes: not for money' (Consultation Paper 266). The order was due to expire on 1 April 2017.

Read the GPSA submission

Read the Grain Producers Australia submission

Read the ASIC response to submissions - December 2016

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