Established in 2008, GIWA is committed to the Western Australian grain industry.
Established in 2008, the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia Inc (GIWA) is a not-for-profit, incorporated, whole of value chain member industry association. Its’ purpose is to support an effective and efficient Western Australian grain industry. GIWA facilitates communication, information exchange, capacity building and grain supply chain solutions for Western Australia.
Several state based industry associations consolidated to form GIWA, with the merger of NACMA WA, Oilseeds WA, the Western Oat Alliance, the Western Region Barley Council and Pulse WA.
GIWA’s members include researchers, plant breeders, seed cleaners and distributors, growers, grower groups, agronomists, farm business advisors, input service providers, domestic feed and food grain processors, bulk and container logistics service providers, the trade.
GIWA is a member of Grain Trade Australia, the Australian Oilseeds Federation, Pulse Australia, Stock Feed Manufacturers’ Council of Australia, the Australian Fodder Industry Association, Buy West Eat Best and cooperates as the western regional council of Barley Australia. GIWA collaborates with the Australian Export Grain Innovation Centre, the National Working Party for Grain Protection, Wheat Quality Australia, the Grain Industry Market Access Forum and is a service provider to the Grains Research and Development Corporation.
Through partnerships with CBH and DPIRD and on behalf of members, GIWA provides support for trade development and market access issues in WA. GIWA provides barley rationalisation and oat classification ‘industry good’ services through the GIWA Barley and Oat Councils. GIWA is the caretaker of coarse grain standards in Western Australia, managed through the GIWA Standards Committee. GIWA provides monthly seasonal crop forecasting, the GIWA Crop Reports. GIWA is a services provider to GRDC, running the GRDC Research Updates in Western Australia (formerly the DPIRD Crop Updates). GIWA was a founder and participates in the informal Food Alliance WA network of primary industries associations.
Each year GIWA members leverage their financial contributions in support of an effective and efficient grain industry with 1000’s of hours of voluntary industry expertise through the GIWA Board, Councils and industry working groups (barley, oats, oilseeds, pulses, wheat).
In 2008 when the Australian wheat industry deregulated, several small state-based industry associations consolidated to form the Grain Industry Association of WA (GIWA), with the merger of NACMA WA, Oilseeds WA, the Western Oat Alliance, the Western Region Barley Council and Pulse WA.
In 2011, the former Australian Grain Institute disbanded and rolled its’ AGI Capacity Building Project into GIWA, funded by CBH, DPIRD, GRDC, University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University, the CBH Grower Advisory Council, Rabobank, Emerald, Bunge and Summit Fertilisers. Subsequently, the AGI Capacity Building Project became the GIWA Careers in Grain project in 2017, with the aim of attracting, upskilling and employing people in the WA grain industry. Careers in Grain has now moved over to sit with DPIRD.
In 2014 the former Grower Group Alliance project, originally funded by GRDC and hosted at UWA, transferred onto the GIWA ABN to be funded by DPIRD Royalties for Regions Funding. In 2018-19 the Grower Group Alliance project transitioned off the GIWA ABN to be funded by DPIRD in a new NFP grower group collaboration with DPIRD.
In 2018, the former Lupin Society of Australia disbanded and gifted residual funds to GIWA to be used for lupin industry development.
The story continues and GIWA is committed to the WA grains industry.