Pilot Malting Australia (PMA) is a joint initiative of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and Edith Cowan University (ECU). PMA is located at the University’s Joondalup campus in Perth, Western Australia. Barley Australia uses the services of PMA for Stage 1 of the variety accreditation process and as part of the post accreditation stage aimed at providing publicly available data on new variety performance.

With a batch capacity of 100kg, the pilot plant gives researchers access to commercial malting data without having to malt commercial quantities of barley. PMA is Australia’s first pilot malting facility and the only one of its type in the southern hemisphere.