About Us

Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) is the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre. Industry-led and funded by the Australian Government, FIAL catalyses growth for businesses operating across the agri-food value chain. 

FIAL facilitates growth by enhancing management and workforce skills, improving international opportunities and market access, increasing collaboration and commercialisation, and identifying opportunities for regulatory reform.

FIAL Board

Dr Michele Allan

Michele Allan has a background in Applied Science, Business Administration and Commercial Law. Michele is a valued Fellow at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is current Chancellor of Charles Sturt University. Michele has directly influenced a review into wheat export, Horticulture in Tasmania and the allocation of investment in cleaner technologies in manufacturing. Michele is currently the Chair of Wine Australia, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd, and Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence CRC. She also serves on the boards for CSIRO, Food Agility CRC, Dairy Food Safety Victoria, and Smart Sat CRC. Michele has extensive experience in food and agribusiness sector including most recently serving on the boards of Meat & Livestock Australia, Grain Growers Limited, and Innovation & Science Australia. Michele assumed the role of Chair on Friday 12th July 2019.

Dr Mirjana Prica
​Managing Director

Managing Director, Dr Mirjana Prica, is an enthusiastic visionary who focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation to deliver commercial value. Mirjana sits on boards and advisory groups for cooperative research centres, universities, research and industry organisations and businesses, where she leverages her 20+ years of research and commercial experience in food and agribusiness, including advanced materials and minerals. Currently, Mirjana is leading FIAL, a national and industry-led organisation, established by the Department of Industry to drive innovation and business growth for the ~180,000 firms in the food and agribusiness sector.

Peter Schutz OAM
Non-Executive Director

Peter is the founding Chair of FIAL. He holds over 50 years of experience and achievement in the food and agriculture industry in Australia. His senior management roles were within the fields of operations, sales, marketing, technical services and compliance, innovation and technology transfer, sustainability and environmental management and general management. As a highly regarded food industry advisor, chairman and director, Peter takes an active involvement, representation and advocacy in organisations focused on the development of food science and technology within Australia.

Ashley Arnott
Company Secretary

Ashley has a strong background in business consulting and advisory services to a range of SMEs and startups. Previously, Ashley was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of The Environmental Group Ltd and has also been employed as interim Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at Cytopia Ltd.

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Who is FIAL?

Established by the Australian Government, the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre collaborates with industry to grow the share of Australian food in the global marketplace.

Helping Businesses Export

We work closely with agencies to help businesses export. We help Australian suppliers understand new market opportunities and the steps required to start an export journey.  

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2020-21

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Annual Report 2019-20
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Annual Report 2018-19
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Annual Report 2017-18
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