The Australian rice industry has the capacity to produce 1 million tonnes of rice per year. Our growers play an important role in food security as rice sustains two-thirds of the world’s population.

The bulk of Australian rice is milled, packed and branded in the Riverina by SunRice, which is the sole exporter of Australian rice products produced in New South Wales. It supplies more than 60 major international destinations.

The main players in the Australian rice industry are:


Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA)

Represents more than 1,200 voluntary members and advocates on behalf of rice growers to the peak industry bodies on the four main policy areas affecting their businesses and communities: Water, Environmental Sustainability, Farm Business and Productivity and Industry Affairs.



Processes and markets Australian rice food products both in Australia and overseas.


Rice Marketing Board for the State of NSW (RMB)

Obtains the best possible monetary return to rice growers, issues domestic marketing licences and grants the sole and exclusive export license. Operates in accordance with, the Rice Marketing Act 1983.


Rice Extension

Supports the adoption of innovation and research and development outcomes in the rice industry.   


AgriFutures Australia

Manages the Research and Development program for the rice industry (amongst others). Works in partnership with the Rice Advisory Panel to decide on research priorities with a key focus on water use efficiency and rice varieties that deliver increased yield and improved eating quality.


NSW Department of Primary Industries

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, a division of the New South Wales Government, is responsible for the administration and development for agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry, and biosecurity in New South Wales.


Click here for an overview of the Australian Rice Industry.