Receival & Trading Standards

The Australia Pulse Standards Committee compiles trading Standards through extensive consultation with all sectors of the Australian pulse industry. It is hoped that these standards will facilitate the desire of the Australian pulse industry to provide consistent product of the highest quality into the world market. All sectors of the industry are encouraged to familiarise themselves with both format and content.

It is understood that as Minimum Standards they may not be tight enough for the requirement of some buyers. Suitable qualifications to any Standard can be made as agreed between all parties concerned to represent the basis for better quality consignments.

It should also be understood that these are Australian Industry Standards and do not take into account specific overseas country quarantine restrictions (such as prohibited weed seeds, disease status or contaminant levels) or the requirements of the Export Control Act (1982) and its subordinate legislation.

Individual commodity traders are responsible for ensuring that specific country requirements and those pertaining to compliance with the Export Control Act (1982) are included as additional specifications on the contract. For additional information on specific country requirements, or other information on export certification issues, refer to the importing country quarantine authority and the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's Plant Export Operations websites.

Pulse Australia gratefully acknowledges the efforts of all sectors of the industry in the compilation of these Standards.

Current standards

Visual quality charts

These visual charts are designed to be used as a guide in conjunction with the current Australian Pulse Trading Standards. Sample charts are provided at low resolution, please purchase high resolution photographic charts using the order form.

  • Red lentil: Ascochyta, stained and weather damaged defects

  • Red lentil: Poor colour seed coat defects

  • Red lentil: Insect damage and sprouted defects

  • Red lentil: Broken, chipped, loose seed coat and split defects

  • Red lentil: Contrasting colours – lentil variety definition

Australian pulse variety guide

The Australian pulse variety guide (2016) provides details of the grain traits of all chickpea, faba bean, field pea, lentil and mungbean varieties grown in Australia, both current and past. This guide demonstrates the tremendous improvement in grain quality achieved by Australian pulse plant breeders over the past three decades. 

Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA) is a world class Australian breeding program delivering highly adapted chickpea, field pea, lentil, faba bean and lupin varieties to growers across Australia since 2006. The breeding teams for each crop have been able to achieve higher yielding varieties with improved adaptation and disease resistance, while improving grain quality to match the requirements of our export markets. Plant breeders in the National Mungbean Improvement Progam fulfil this role for mungbean varieties.

The National Mungbean Improvement Program is a collaborative initiative between the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Queensland focusing on the delivery of superior mungbean varieties for Australian growers and superior quality for the marketplace.

The details provided in this publication for each pulse variety are:

  • year of release
  • seed weight, expressed as grams per 100 seeds
  • seed coat colour
  • seed shape
  • primary production region