The National Farmers' Federation produces major publications, including the NFF Annual Review, to inform members, stakeholders and the broader community.
2013 Federal Election Policy Priorities
The 2013 Federal Election marks a critical time for Australian agriculture - a time for agriculture to be reprioritised in Australia's national agenda. The next term of government will take this country to 2016 – a crucial period in determining how Australia will overcome the challenges facing the sector now, while also setting agriculture up to capitalise on future opportunities.
The agricultural sector has five key priorities leading into this election – five key areas that we are seeking commitments from the major parties to achieve:
- Growing Australian Agriculture
- Investing in RD&E
- Increasing competitiveness and profitability
- Building a stronger workforce
- Balancing agriculture and the environment
Download the NFF's 2013 Federal Election Policy Priorities documents below.
Blueprint for Australian Agriculture
Following 16 months of consultation and with the input of almost 4,000 people from across the agricultural sector and its supply chain, the NFF launched the Blueprint for Australian Agricutlure on 14 February 2013.
For more, visit the Blueprint page of this website.
- Blueprint for Australian Agriculture (PDF 4.5 Mb)
The Blueprint for Australian Agriculture was launched in February 2013 and outlines the key issues, challenges, opportunities and potential solutions for the Australian agricultural sector and its supply chain. Download the full Blueprint report here, and read more about the Blueprint process here.
- Preview Blueprint for Australian Agriculture - Summary (PDF 728.3 kb)
A short summary document that outlines the key themes of the Blueprint.
The NFF's flagship publication is its Annual Review, which also includes its Yearbook. It is published online in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format and in Realview. Hard copies of the current edition and electronic copies of previous editions are available from the NFF by contacting: (02) 6269 5666 or emailing .
- Preview Annual Review 2011-12 (PDF 3.0 Mb)
The Annual Review 2011-12 includes feature articles and reports on the NFF's highlights, achievements, activities and portfolio areas over the past 12 months. The 2011-12 Annual Review was released at the NFF's National Congress in Canberra on 23 October 2012.
The Annual Review is available to download as a PDF via the link above, or to view online in realview.
- Yearbook 2011-12 (PDF 12.4 Mb)
As part of the Annual Review, the NFF also produces a Yearbook, containing reports from NFF member organisations covering their activities over the 2011-12 year. The 2011-12 Yearbook was released at the NFF's National Congress in Canberra on 23 October 2012.
The Annual Review is available to download as a PDF.
Federal Budget Submission 2013
The NFF's Federal Budget Submission 2013 calls for a reprioritisation of agriculture in Australia's national agenda.
Previous NFF budget submissions are available here.
- Preview Federal Budget Submission 2013 (PDF 3.6 Mb)
In her address to the NFF's 2012 National Congress, Prime Minister the Hon. Julia Gillard MP spoke about Australia as an 'agricultural powerhouse,' the opportunities ahead for Australian agriculture given the rise of Asia, and the fact that success will require joint partnership between farm businesses, communities and the Government.
As the Prime Minister said, now is the time to get the right settings in place. Which is why the NFF, in this year’s NFF Budget Submission, is calling for a reprioritisation of Australian agriculture in the national agenda.
If 2012, the Australian Year of the Farmer, was Australia’s opportunity to celebrate the important role and contribution of Australian agriculture to our society, our economy and our environment, then 2013 is the year in which we must focus on seizing the opportunities – and overcoming the challenges – ahead.
Farm Facts is published annually by the NFF as a compendium of useful and authoritative facts and figures about Australian agriculture, based on fully attributed data from independent sources.
It is designed as a fast reference to top-of-mind national and state-by-state facts about Australia’s farm sector, including a reference for drilling down to specific data on Australia’s leading agricultural commodities, covering: Beef, Cotton, Dairy, Dried Fruits, Grains, Rice, Sheep Meat, Sugar and Wool.
Agribusiness Loan Monitor
The NFF Agribusiness Loan Monitor compares the agribusiness loan rates of the major banks and other financial institutions to shed light on bank rates and products, helping farmers and rural business operators to make decisions on the most suitable financial solutions.
Produced in conjunction with Canstar, the Agribusiness Loan Monitor is published monthly, following the RBA interest rate announcement.
Previous editions of the NFF Agribusiness Loan Monitor (since June 2011 when the Monitor was established) are available from the NFF on request.
From time to time, the NFF publishes Issues Papers detailing problems affecting farmers and regional Australias, while posing solutions.
In 2010, the NFF asserted it’s time to seriously deal with population policy in Australia to re-energize and grow the under-developed 97% of the country that is regional Australia using major tax breaks and labour incentives.
- Preview Issues Paper - Population Policy: Labour Pains (PDF 997.5 kb)
The NFF's Issues Paper calls for a range of measures to address the chronic labour shortage in regional Australia - some 100,000 will need to be filled as the farm sector emerges from drought. The NFF asserts domestic relocation and tying immigration to regional locations as part of the solution to Australia's projected population explosion - Published 27 April 2010.
- Preview Issues Paper - Population Policy: A Taxing Issue (PDF 598.7 kb)
The NFF's Issues Paper puts the case for using the taxation system to encourage business and, in turn, people into regional Australia - Published 29 March 2010.
NFF Strategic Plan
The 2010-13 Strategic Plan reaffirms the National Farmers' Federation's core functions of lobbying and advocacy on behalf of Australian farmers at the peak national political and community level.
- Preview NFF Strategic Plan 2010-13 (PDF 283.2 kb)
This NFF Strategic Plan 2010-13 sets about meeting the needs of Australia’s growing and vibrant farm sector, which employs over 300,000 Australians directly on farms (some 1.6 million jobs across the supply chain), underpins 12 percent of Gross Domestic Product, generates $32 billion per year in exports and 93 percent of Australia’s daily food supply.
Ensuring our farmers can get on with the job of meeting mounting demand is essential as they are increasingly called upon for food and fibre production – both in Australia and globally.
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