The Process

For each new variety of malting barley bred in Australia, there are a rigorous series of evaluations the variety must pass in order to gain accreditation as a recognised malting barley variety. After new barley varieties have been routinely screened for agronomic and processing performance by the breeding institutions, they are subjected to both pilot and commercial scale malting and then brewing using methodology for both sugar adjunct brewing and starch adjunct brewing. Standardised methods based on commercial practices are adhered to in order to replicate the conditions the varieties require in the commercial environment. The evaluation process takes place over 2 seasons to ensure a broad examination of the variety. Full accreditation is achieved after a second season’s successful evaluation results have been examined and recommendation for approval by the Australian barley industry’s technical evaluation panel (MBIBTC) has been accepted by the board of Barley Australia. This evaluation process is illustrated in the Varietal Accreditation Pathway below.

Varietal Accreditation Pathway for Australian Malting Barley

Who Assesses the Malting and Brewing Data?

The Malting and Brewing Industry Barley Technical Committee (MBIBTC) is the national industry body, comprised of a panel of malting and brewing experts who assess each variety to establish whether it will meet international and/or domestic market performance requirements.  The MBIBTC is a Sub-Committee of the Board of Barley Australia.

Food Barley Classification

From 2019 onward Barley Australia (BA) will no longer be making the Food Barley classification available to breeders and barley promoters. Varieties in the BA accreditation program will either be classified as “Malting Barley” if they pass the requirements of the program or be designated by the GTA terminology applicable at the time of accreditation for non-malting barley if they fail to achieve BA malting barley accreditation

Submitting an Application for a New Malting Variety

Parties wishing to submit a variety for evaluation can request a copy of the Varietal Accreditation for Malting Barley Requirements for Barley Promoters from the MBIBTC Secretary (details under the MBIBTC tab) or via Megan Sheehy (

A link to the application form is available here:

Download Malting Barley Variety Application Form

GRDC Acknowledgement

Barley Australia thanks the Grains Research and Development Corporation for their continuing input and financial support of the Barley Australia malting barley accreditation process.


Malting barley accreditation by Barley Australia does not mean endorsement of or imply any guarantee the new variety will be commercially accepted or adopted. This comes from new market development that is then undertaken by the promoters and marketing companies.

Barley Australia is a not-for-profit independent organisation representing members of Australia’s malting and brewing industry. Barley Australia accreditation is awarded to a variety of barley that has been accredited by Barley Australia as a malting barley. The accreditation reflects an industry evaluation of the variety of barley for malting and brewing, but is in no way intended to limit the use of the variety of barley to only that use, nor preclude non-accredited varieties of barley from being used for malting or brewing purposes. The Barley Australia Accredited Variety logo may only be used where a variety of barley has been accredited and in accordance with the terms and conditions set out in the Variety Accreditation – Requirements for Barley Breeders (as revised from time to time). The Barley Australia Accredited Variety logo and any associated logos, trademarks and titles remain the intellectual property of Barley Australia.