Survey of Food Production and Processing in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia

The Survey of Food Production and Processing in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia report is now complete and can be downloaded Here.


This project was an initiative developed by the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) and RDA Great Southern, the two major funding partners.


It was the first activity of DAFWA’s Specialised Food Centre, part of the Food Industry Innovation project funded by the state government’s Royalties for Regions Program. The Specialised Food Centre seeks to enhance the viability and growth of the agri-food sector through the identification of value-adding opportunities, which requires a detailed understanding of the current and future capacity of regional food production and processing.


To assist in the development of the food production economy we needed to find out how best to help businesses grow and how to attract investment from government and private industry.  To facilitate this, local, state and federal governments are investing in the Food Production and Processing project to survey primary production and food businesses of the region.


The information collected in the project will benefit the region through informing future investment, matching with market opportunity and creating confidence in decision making around food and food projects produced and processed in the region.


The survey was compiled through face to face interviews, an online survey and by using existing reports and data sources, to obtain a comprehensive picture of food production and processing for the region, covering all 11 local government areas within the Great Southern Region of Western Australia.


The project was supported by and a collaboration between many of the local councils, catchment groups and government agencies.