Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Taking Provenance Seriously: Will Australia Benefit from Better Legal Protection for GIs?

31/01/2019 - 01:13

Good food means good business! The EU's system of identifying food products based on origin - Geographical Indications - is a driver of rural jobs and sustainable growth. Australia is looking to extend the protection of European products to its own market as part of the Free Trade Agreement, currently under negotiation. Australia could also expand the GI system already in place for wine to cover food and spirits. How could this work in practice? What are the benefits for consumers and producers? Join European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, together with a panel of experts and local food producers, as they discuss the EU experience in the Australian context.

Presented by the EU Delegation to Australia and the Bond University's Centre for Commercial Law, the event takes place on Tuesday, 12 February, from 8:30-1PM.

Full program available here.


Professor William van Caenegem, Bond University, ‘Diversification as a competitive strategy in agriculture: The potential role of Geographical Indications.’

Professor Karen Hussey, University of Queensland, ‘Agricultural Policy and free trade: GIs in the European/Australian FTA negotiations.’

Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi, Ballandean Estates, ‘The experience with GIs: Benefits for wine and other industries in a declared GI region.’

Bill McHenry, McHenry Distillery, Tasmania, and Tasmanian Whiskey Producers Association ‘The benefits of a future Tasmanian Whiskey GI, and the need for better protection of food and beverage GIs in Australia’

Helen Thomas, King Island Council ‘Lobster, Dairy and Beef: Kind Island’s experience with trade marks and the potential of GIs for the local economy’



Bond University
Princeton Room, Building 6, 14 University Drive, Robina.

Gold Coast