The European Union must offer greater market access for Australian beef, lamb and sugar if it wants Canberra to agree a trade deal, Australia's trade minister Don Farrell has said.
The two sides have been negotiating since 2018.
Farrell will meet EU trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis at a meeting of group of seven trade ministers in Japan on 28 - 29 October 2023. He has warned that if a deal is not agreed soon, European elections due next year could delay negotiations for years.
Australian farm industry groups have urged Farrell not to sign a deal unless the EU improves its offer.
"One of their arguments to me is that we were so successful in our UK trade agreement that lots of their market into the United Kingdom has been taken up by Australian beef and sheep meat and sugar," he said.
He also said disagreements over food naming rights had not yet been settled. The EU wants names such as feta or prosecco reserved for products made in Europe, something Australian producers oppose.
However, Farrell told Reuters it was still possible that a deal could be signed this weekend.
Australia wants to use a free trade agreement to boost its farm exports by removing tariffs and expanding quotas, while Europe is likely to gain greater access to Australia's critical minerals industry.
Neither side has revealed its negotiating positions, but Reuters reported this month that the EU had proposed sugar import quotas so low they are not commercially viable to ship.