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Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework Project
Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework Project

‘Together We Grow, Together We Prosper’ artwork by David Williams of Gilimbaa.

Indigenous Agricultural
Product Framework Project

Collaborating to agree what characteristics must be included in definitions for Indigenous agricultural products, and to develop an evidence base to support the future development of Indigenous agricultural product credentials.

The first of its kind in Australia, the Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework project (the Project) represents a unique opportunity to agree what overarching characteristics and principles must be included in claims about Indigenous agricultural products. This framework of principles will then allow for individual Indigenous product definitions to be created, that fit within those principles.

The Project will also provide an evidence base about the current value of Indigenous agricultural products, and the potential economic and community benefits of being able to identify and promote Indigenous agricultural produce, in both the domestic and export markets. Further, it will look at the existing challenges and potential opportunities in the Indigenous agricultural sector that will help establish individual Indigenous agricultural product credentials. A credential is a way of proving the characteristics of a claim against a product definition, for those characteristics that are not obvious or easily seen by the naked eye. For example, that a Kakadu Plum comes from the Kakadu region.

Once established and in use, the Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework will provide ongoing prosperity to Indigenous peoples and business through demonstrating authenticity, proving world-leading practices, and protecting and verifying claims about Indigenous agricultural products.

The Project is gathering Indigenous perspectives to inform the principles for defining their agricultural products and assessing options for a supporting credentials system, which combined will inform an Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework.

Through building agreement on defining overarching principles for Indigenous agricultural products and providing tangible recommendations to enable the uptake of a credentials system to distinguish these products in market, the Project aims to create ripples of growth that will be felt for generations to come.

Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework Project

‘Together We Grow, Together We Prosper’ artwork by David Williams of Gilimbaa.

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Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework Project
Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework Project

Learn about the project artwork developed by Gilimbaa

The Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on empowering First Nations people in the nation’s agricultural sectors.

First Nations knowledge and thinking will be found at its centre. The voices of this land’s first agriculturalists, innovators, and scientists will be heard at its heart.

First Nations people have cared for the lands and waters, and mastered agricultural techniques over thousands of years, passing on stories, expertise, and knowledge for the benefit of future generations.

The Framework can be an important part of securing a more prosperous and equitable future for all Australians, too.

Its success relies on the connections and collaborations between its creators and caretakers as they embark on this journey.

By increasing recognition of First Nations people in agriculture, it can be a platform for change.

And by strengthening economic opportunities for First Nations people, it can help to close the gaps and empower all Australians to grow and prosper together.

The artwork concept and narrative was developed by David Williams. David is a proud Wakka Wakka artist at Gilimbaa.

‘Together We Grow, Together We Prosper’ artwork by David Williams of Gilimbaa.

Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework Project


For millennia Indigenous peoples have cared for Country and managed landscapes, including for the purpose of producing food and fibre. In doing so, they have developed practices, products, skills and knowledge which together form an incredibly valuable set of assets of ongoing cultural importance, and also of future economic potential. The development and commercialisation of these assets requires our broad support but must be led by Indigenous peoples and lead to their empowerment.

There are no limits to what will be considered when we seek to arrive at preferred characteristics and principles. They could include how the product was produced, who produced it, where it was produced, or the nature of the product itself, including whether it is native to Australia. The principles could rely on just one of these elements or a number of them. It could be based on something else! For clarity, we are not assuming the definition will be limited to products derived from native species but also potentially from introduced species.

While we will seek input from a wide range of stakeholders with an interest, it will be the advice of Indigenous peoples that create them. Consultation will be exhaustive to ensure we arrive at determining the principles with the broadest agreement and support possible.

A credential provides additional trust that a claim is true. When a credential is attached to a product, it should give the buyer confidence that important attributes of the product being claimed by the producer or seller exist. Making a claim and attaching a credential to a product often requires the producer or seller to submit proof of the important attributes, which can then be checked by the buyer or an independent authority.

Indigenous Agricultural Product Framework Project

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Land and Sea Country. Recognising their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture; we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
We respect and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First farmers of Australia.

Project Sponsors & Partners

The Indigenous Agriculture Product Framework project is jointly funded by the Australia Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC).