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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. The Vision and Mission reflect this focus.
“A strong, progressive and sustainable farming sector in Australia.”
“To influence the Australian Government, Parliament and the broader community through national and international representation and advocacy, to achieve a strong, progressive and sustainable farming sector in Australia.”
“To provide collective strength and leadership.”
The NFF Strategic Plan 2006-09 set an agenda-leading advocacy, lobbying and policy development program that focused Australia’s peak farm body on four overarching priorities:
Throughout 2007-08 the NFF undertook a sweeping 18-month examination of farm representation in Australia and its value proposition to farmers, culminating with the unanimous endorsement by members of a new NFF membership model in December 2008.
The new structure came into effect on 1 July 2009.
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% of Gross Domestic Product, generates $32 billion per year in exports and 93% 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.
The strategic drivers and headline issues forming the basis for the Strategic Plan 2010-13 include:
Strategic Plan 2010-13
The goals outlined below are designed to tackle and address the opportunities and obstacles to farmers being able to fill the order.
1. Increase the productivity and competitiveness of the farm sector
1.1 Drive a competitive economic framework for farmers (through issues such as taxation, investment and competition policies).
1.2 Minimise costly red tape and regulation.
1.3 Integrate infrastructure to efficiently link regional Australia to domestic and international markets – not only transport, but via high-quality and equitable telecommunications services.
1.4 Investment in productivity growth through agricultural research and development.
1.5 Access to burgeoning technologies, including genetic modification, in its application to farm production.
2. Secure and grow domestic and international markets
2.1 Reduce and, where possible, remove trade and market access barriers for agricultural products.
2.2 Eliminate unfair and trade distorting practices in Australia’s domestic and export markets, such as subsidised farm products.
3. Effective and sustainable natural resource management
3.1 Enshrine natural resource certainty for farmers (land and water).
3.2 More efficient delivery of government environmental programs, including broadening Environmental Stewardship to enable farmers to perform tangible environmental services on behalf of the community.
3.3 Proactively manage the impacts of greenhouse gas emission reduction and climate issues.
3.4 Ensure a robust, effective and science-based biosecurity and quarantine system is in place.
3.5 Development of continually improving standards of animal care and health, which are recognised by the farm sector and broader community.
3.6 Clarity on appropriate land use interaction, including in relation to mining and indigenous access.
4. A focus on people
4.1 A competitive and flexible labour market.
4.2 Improved access to labour (unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled).
4.3 Develop high-level skills and capacity in the farming population.
4.4 Enhanced farm safety information and resources, and improved awareness of Occupational Health and Safety practices.
4.5 Improved succession planning in the exchange of farm businesses from one generation to the next.
4.6 Drive better access to services for people – farmers, businesses, communities – in regional Australia.
5. Improve community perception and awareness of Australian agriculture
5.1 Proactively raise the positive profile of farming issues and the innovative practices involved in modern, dynamic, competitive and sustainable farming.
5.2 Build awareness of farming, its role, contribution and value to the broader community and stakeholder groups.
5.3 Establish confidence, trust and credibility in the information, services, expertise and endeavours of the farming community – bringing the broader community and stakeholder groups along on relevant issues – and focusing community and stakeholder attention accordingly.
5.4 Influence community and stakeholder – including the media and political interests – attitudes, behaviours, decisions and choices.
To view the Strategic Plan, visit our Publications page.
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