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Our current policy priorities include:

  • Market regulation
  • Environmental management 
  • Energy policy 
  • World trade – rule contraventions and market access opportunities
  • Health and nutrition – the role of sugar in the diet

Recent ASMC Submissions 2018

  • Review of the Queensland Energy Legislation – Issues Paper see more

    To promote the viability of the Australian sugar industry and the objectives of clean, reliable and affordable energy, ASMC believes state policies and legislation should facilitate lower delivered energy costs by:  promoting greater competition in the generation, transmission, distribution and retailing of energy, and in the absence of effective competition, and providing for price intervention and controls that replicate competitive market outcomes.State policies should also facilitate an increase in the supply and flexible consumption of cogenerated electricity by:

    removing federal and state duplication
    increasing the speed of administrative processing of approvals (potentially through the imposition of minimum time periods)
    providing for the ability to enter into a preferential supply arrangement with cane growers e.g. at the cost of supply, through more flexible retailing controls, and by
    promoting investment certainty by imposing legislative requirements on third-parties to fund upgrades to the grid when new supply is likely to exceed agreed export capacities nominated in Connection Agreements.

  • Queensland solar farm guidelines: Practical guidance for communities, landowners and project proponents 

    ASMC members are strong supporters of renewable energy.  Sugar mills are self-sufficient in energy, burning the renewable sugar processing by-product, bagasse to generate electricity and steam for milling operations.  Up to 50% (500 GWh) of the electricity generated annually is exported to the grid, providing power for the equivalent of 170,000 Queensland homes.Our key concerns relate to ongoing commitments to:

    protect “Good Quality Agricultural Land” (GQAL) 
    honour existing legislation and the planning instruments against which the sugar milling industry has made long-term investment decisions
    consider the flow-on effects on business, like sugar mills, in the areas surrounding a proposed solar farm, and to
    consider the cost/benefit implications on local businesses and community members when selecting sites e.g. proximity to grid connection points.