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From bananas helping to save lives, to technology that improves crop productivity and environmental stability, Australia is leading the way in the food and agribusiness sector, attracting large international conferences eager to tap into the country’s vast knowledge.

With so much arable land, it’s no wonder Australia excels in food and agriculture production. Diverse growing conditions combined with globally-renowned, safe, sustainable and healthy food management, effective regulation, major investment in research and development, and strong links between industry, research institutions and government, ensures Australia stays top of the game in the fast-changing agribusiness sector.

It’s one of the reasons the International Seed Federation (ISF) chose to host its World Seed Congress in Brisbane in 2018. ISF is a nongovernment, non-profit organisation, and the annual ISF World Seed Congress is its flagship event which usually brings together more than 1,500 decision makers from 70 nations to discuss the issues facing the global seed industry. The Australian Seed Federation worked closely with the Brisbane Convention Bureau and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to bring the event to Brisbane.

According to ISF, the motivations for the ISF Executive Committee and Board of Directors selecting Australia for the congress include the country’s outstanding facilities and reputation in the sector. The final decision was taken by vote during General Assembly at the ISF World Seed Congress 2012.

Alysha Lockley, Business Services Manager for the Australian Seed Federation, said “Australia’s agricultural scientists rank among the best in the world; and many corporate global centres of excellence in food processing are located here. It was Australia’s long term commitment in this area that was a consideration by the ISF when assessing bids. Along with Brisbane’s world-class Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, accommodation within walking distance of the venue, and Australia’s range of post-conference touring options; this expertise is important to our delegates”.

Agricultural Expertise

Australia’s agricultural sector harvests a healthy surplus – enough to feed the country’s population three times over. In addition, Australia exports more than half of its agricultural produce.

Innovation in biotechnology and cutting-edge farm techniques have also put Australia at the forefront in functional foods, nanotechnology, processing technologies, and ‘smart’ logistics. Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) ranks in the top one per cent of global research institutions in 14 of 22 fields.

It is Australia’s excellence in the agribusiness sector as well as its track record for delivering exceptional business events that has seen the country attract international business events including the International Congress on Engineering and Food, which will be held in Melbourne in 2019 and the International Rapeseed Congress in Sydney in 2023.

Brisbane and Cairns

More than 80 per cent of Queensland is used for agricultural production, as well as being Australia’s largest beef producer. Far-north Queensland is also a world leader in tropical and subtropical agriculture. Take for example Professor James Dale from Brisbane’s Queensland University of Technology, who has pioneered a genetically modified banana – enriched with Vitamin A – that has the potential to dramatically reduce infant mortality in Africa. The Australian Tropical Forest Institute, co-located with James Cook University in Cairns, houses the Australian Tropical Herbarium – a collection of more than 170,000 plant specimens.


It’s no secret that South Australia is recognised internationally for its premium wine, accounting for 62 per cent of Australia’s exports, but it’s also known for its production of wheat, barley, livestock, poultry and seafood. Adelaide’s Waite Institute is Australia’s leading research, education and commercialisation precinct for agricultural science. Global leader in scientific water planning and policy, the Goyder Institute for Water Research, is also based here.

Australia is now the second largest almond producing nation in the world and South Australia was the birthplace of the Australian almond industry, one of the reasons why the International Symposium on Almonds and Pistachios has selected Adelaide to host its conference in 2017.


Western Australia is the nation’s largest grain producing region, and a significant producer of meat and livestock, dairy, wool, seafood, pearls, horticulture and honey products. It’s home to the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre; the Institute of Agriculture at the University of Western Australia; and Curtin University’s International Institute of Agri-Food Security.


Tasmania is acclaimed for a wide range of agricultural products, from poppies, to superfine wool to aquaculture. It’s the world’s largest supplier of wild abalone and harvests more than four million oysters every year. Tasmania’s Sense-T Project, a partnership between the University of Tasmania, CSIRO and Tasmanian Government, is a network of in-ground sensors on Tasmanian farms, where data is used to improve crop efficiency, productivity and environmental sustainability. Tasmania’s excellence in agribusiness is one of the reasons why the 22nd International Farm Management Association Congress will be held in Hobart in 2019.

Kangaroo amongst the vines on the Escapegoat Adventures Bike Wine Tour

Kangaroo amongst the vines on the Escapegoat Adventures Bike Wine Tour

With Australia’s proven track record of successfully delivering events, and reputation as a place offering innovative people, award winning convention and exhibition centres, unique wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and excellent cuisine and wine, it’s no wonder that the appetite for Australia as a leading business events destination continues to grow.

Contact Business Events Australia today and find out for yourself why there’s nothing like Australia for business events.

Paul M Griffin (based in Boston)

Business Events Manager, Americas

T: +1 857 210 3725


Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


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