Wheat Quality Australia is an independent company that classifies wheat varieties according to distinct quality attributes, for processors and end product use. Wheat Quality Australia is also the owner and producer of Australia’s Wheat Variety Master List.
What we do
Wheat Quality Australia is responsible for maintaining and growing the reputation of Australian wheat as a high quality product, by using its accountable, transparent and sustainable wheat classification system.
The Wheat Quality Australia Wheat Variety Classification Panel assesses new wheat varieties to determine their processing and end product suitability (for qualities such as milling extraction, dough balance, baking performance and noodle colour and texture), to meet key market requirements.
The Wheat Quality Australia Classification Council represents the entire value chain of wheat production in Australia, and uses this engagement to constantly improve the classification system in response to the needs of the market.
The Wheat Variety Master List, is the primary output of the classification system and is the foundation for wheat quality management in Australia.
What is Wheat Quality
Wheat quality refers to the performance of grain to meet the requirements of its use in flour milling, breads, noodles, cereals, pasta or animal feed. Quality is determined by the genetic attributes of the variety grown and the environmental conditions during crop growth.
Board and Staff
Wheat Quality Australia is managed by Hugh Robertson, Executive Officer, who oversees the administrative needs of the organisation. The Wheat Quality Australia Board, comprising of Don Plowman (Chair) and Malcolm Finlayson (Director), provides strategic direction and guidance. Melissa Finnerty is the Company Secretary.
The Wheat Classification Council consists of industry members nominated by users of the classification service and is chaired by Dr Don Plowman. These carefully selected members have all been appointed by the Wheat Quality Australia Board to continuously improve the classification system for the benefit of whole industry.
Five of Australia’s leading wheat experts have been appointed to Wheat Quality Australia’s Variety Classification Panel with responsibility for classification of new varieties and to provide technical leadership for the quality system in Australia.