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  • Policy Category: Farm business and productivity

Farm business and productivity

Research and development

  • Preview Australian Government 2030 Strategic Plan Issues Paper (PDF 856.5 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 1 June, 2017

    This submission addresses crucial steps in bringing farmers closer to the innovation frontier. Our vision for Australian agriculture and forestry is to become a $100 billion industry by 2030. The sector is a source of strength in the Australian economy, positioned to capitalise on growing global demand for safe, high quality food and fibre over coming decades.
    To achieve our vision, the sector needs regulatory and public policy settings that foster growth and productivity; innovation and ambition. Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) in agriculture are the foundation of the industry’s international competitiveness.

  • Preview Regulatory requirements that impact on the safe use of RPAS, UAS and associated systems: Submission (PDF 316.0 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 19 December, 2016

    The submission outlines how drones can help increase the productivity on farm, but it also addresses concerns about safety, privacy and public liability. The regulatory system around drones should encourage uptake of drones on farm while, at the same time, preventing trespassing by unwanted drones.

  • Preview Vision for a Science Nation - Responding to STEM: Australia's Future (PDF 738.9 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Industry and Science on 31 July, 2015

    NFF July 2015 Submission to the Australian Government titled 'Capturing Value from Science in Agriculture'.

  • Preview Agricultural R&D Levy Inquiry: Submission (PDF 341.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 31 December, 2014

    The NFF 2014 Submission to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee inquiry into the industry structures and systems governing the imposition of and disbursement of marketing and research and development (RD& levies in the agricultural sector.

  • Preview CRC Program Review: Submission (PDF 38.1 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Industry on 12 November, 2014

    The NFF's 12 November 2014 Submission to the Department of Industry outlines the NFF's support for the Cooperative Research Centres and continued government investment into this important program.

  • Preview Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment Bill 2014: Submission (PDF 250.4 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 22 October, 2014

    The NFF's 22 October 2014 Submission suggests numerous recommendations for the Committee - highlighting that if there is to be legislative change, it must include requirements for consultation, reporting, value assessment and a sunset clause.

  • Preview National Agricultural Statistics Review: Submission (PDF 41.4 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Bureau of Statistics on 20 May, 2014

    The NFF's 20 May 2014 submission supports a review to identify opportunities to improve current Agricultural Statistical information systems in Australia, and outlines several concerns with the existing system. The NFF supports the findings presented by the Australian Farm Institute in their recent report Is counting farmers harder than counting sheep? A comparison of agricultural statistical systems in Australia, United States and France.

  • Preview Review of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research: Submission (PDF 248.7 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research on 30 November, 2012

    The NFF’s 30 November 2012 submission to the Review of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), outlines the need for ACIAR’s work in international agricultural research & development (R&D) to effectively link into Australia’s domestic R&D system, in order to provide dual benefits for both developing nations and Australia’s primary producers.

  • Preview Draft National Strategic Rural Research and Development Investment Plan: Submission (PDF 307.7 kb)
    Submitted to Rural Research & Development Council on 10 February, 2011

    The NFF's 10 February 2011 submission on the Draft National Strategic Rural Research and Development Investment Plan reiterates the NFF's call for the Australian Government to reverse the decline in agricultural research and development funding and supports the Councils’ recommendation for a Government boost to investment.

  • Preview Research and Development Corporations Model: Submission (PDF 2.0 Mb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 25 June, 2010

    The NFF’s 25 June 2010 submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into the Australian Government's Research and Development Corporations Model identifies a series of key issues relating to research and development for the agricultural industries and the role of the Rural Research and Development Corporations.

  • Preview Australia’s Rural Research and Development System: Submission (PDF 1.1 Mb)
    Submitted to Rural Research & Development Council on 17 February, 2010

    The NFF’s 17 February 2010 submission to the Minister’s Rural Research & Development (R&D) Council highlights the strengths of Australia’s rural R&D System, but also the need for a whole-of-government approach when responding to the R&D challenges faced by the sector.

  • Preview Innovation Review: Submission (PDF 337.8 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 31 July, 2008

    The NFF's 31 July 2008 submission to the Australian Government's Innovation Review notes that agriculture boasts one of the highest productivity rates of any industry in Australia through a strong commitment to research and development, which must continue in order to compete in the global marketplace.

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Drought reform

  • Preview Natural Disaster Funding: Submission (PDF 491.8 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 24 October, 2014

    In this submission, the NFF states it's disappointment by the fact that the Productivity Commission chose not to include drought as part of this inquiry. The NFF encourages the Commission to consider the importance of ongoing Government commitment to a well-funded and transparent framework for natural disasters in Australia.

  • Preview Natural Disaster Funding: Submission (PDF 192.6 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 6 June, 2014

    The NFF's 6 June 2014 Submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into the efficacy of current national disaster funding arrangements urges the Productivity Commission—among other things—to consider how the Commonwealth's approach to drought policy aligns with the framework for natural disasters. The NFF encourages the Commission to consider the importance of ongoing Government commitment to a well-funded and transparent framework for natural disasters in Australia.

  • Preview NRAC Review of the Farm Management Deposit Scheme: Submission (PDF 616.9 kb)
    Submitted to National Rural Advisory Council on 18 September, 2012

    The NFF's 5 September 2012 Submission states that an expanded farm management deposit scheme should be central to measures supported by the government to improve business risk management and recovery, as part of drought policy reform.

  • Preview NRAC Assessment of agricultural insurance products including multi-peril crop insurance and its feasibility in Australia: Submission (PDF 456.2 kb)
    Submitted to National Rural Advisory Council on 18 September, 2012

    The NFF's 18 September 2012 states that a future package of drought support measures provides certainty and equips primary producers and the farming community to manage climate-related challenges. The NFF views that it is timely to consider the inclusion of drought insurance in a future drought policy package.

  • Preview Bankruptcy Amendment (Exceptional Circumstances Exit Package) Bill 2011: Submission (PDF 43.1 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 22 August, 2011

    The NFF’s 22 August 2011 submission to the Bankruptcy Amendment (Exceptional Circumstances Exit Package) Bill 2011 calls for a shift in the policy focus from drought relief to drought management and preparedness, ensuring farmers are supported and have the tools to manage their businesses.

  • Preview Drought Pilot Review: Submission (PDF 263.4 kb)
    Submitted to Drought Pilot Review Panel on 21 April, 2011

    The NFF's 21 April 2011 submission to the Drought Pilot Review Panel calls for a shift in the policy focus from drought relief to drought management and preparedness.

  • Preview Draft Report into Government Drought Support: Submission (PDF 719.4 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 22 January, 2009

    The NFF's 22 December 2008 response to the Productivity Commission looks to farming’s future and the importance of providing farmers with a suite of effective tools to manage risk and prepare for drought.

  • Preview Government Drought Support: Submission (PDF 869.5 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 15 August, 2008

    The NFF’s August 2008 Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Government Drought Support calls for a new approach to agriculture policy where drought policy is one aspect within a national framework, and focuses on partnerships between government and primary producers.

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Reducing red tape

  • Preview Inquiry into the regulatory burden on farm businesses – Issues Paper (PDF 887.4 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 23 February, 2016

    The NFF February 2016 Submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into the regulatory burden on farm businesses highlights excessive regulation that is impacting upon Australian farm businesses and makes recommendation as to how this can be reduced.

  • Preview Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System Review: (PDF 244.2 kb)
    Submitted to Federal Government on 17 July, 2014

    The NFF's 17 July 2014 submission to the Federal Government on the Review of Exporter Supply Chain Assurance (ESCAS) highlights a number of improvements to the ESCAS system to better streamline processes and eliminate financial and administrative burdens on livestock producers. The NFF urges the Federal Government to look to ensure the current regulatory framework is delivered as efficiently and cost-effective as possible.

  • Preview Draft Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines: Submission (PDF 379.8 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Finance and Deregulation on 9 August, 2013

    The NFF’s 9 August 2013 submission to the Department of Finance Draft Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines welcomes the approach taken by the Department of Finance, to ensure greater clarity, consistency and coherence of the cost recovery policy and its requirements to better meet the needs of government and industry stakeholders. The NFF raise several concerns and highlight that cost recovery should be transparent, objectively verifiable, generally well understood, simple to calculate, and be stable over time. Moreover, government entities must avoid gold plating of services, regulatory gaming, avoid politicisation of cost recovery, and must deliver improved service standards.

  • Preview Role of Local Government: Submission (PDF 126.7 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 8 November, 2011

    The NFF’s 8 November submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Business Regulation Benchmarking - the role of local government as a regulator - outlines key concerns including the increasing shift in cost from state to local governments and the increasing regulatory responsibilities of local government.

  • Preview Regulatory Burdens on Business (Primary Industry) Review: Submission (PDF 138.1 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 15 June, 2007

    The NFF's 15 June 2006 submission to inform the Productivity Commission about the impacts of regulatory burdens on farm businesses aims to reduce red tape for farmers. The submission identifies key areas where regulation hampers farm businesses and makes recommendations for change.

  • Preview Regulatory Compliance Burdens: Submission (PDF 84.3 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government Regulations Taskforce on 18 November, 2005

    The NFF's 18 November 2005 submission outlines areas where red tape or excessive regulation hinders farm business competitiveness.

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Telecommunications

  • Preview Telecommunications Reform Package (PDF 56.1 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on 14 July, 2017

    The NFF has long held the view that all Australians have a right to access reliable broadband. The NFF understands the reform package will guarantee access to data networks for all premises through the Statutory Infrastructure Provider (SIP). This is important as, while the mandate of the National Broadband Network was to deliver broadband to all Australians, there has previously not been a statutory requirement to do so. In effect, this package will legally ensure all Australians will have access to broadband infrastructure.

  • Preview ACCC Inquiry into Domestic Mobile Roaming (Draft Decision) (PDF 246.8 kb)
    Submitted to ACCC on 16 June, 2017

    The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is of the view that greater competition in mobile services would be of immense benefit to regional, rural and remote consumers. At the same time, in rural and remote areas there is a lack of reliable mobile coverage, or no coverage at all. Increasing overall coverage footprint must be a priority.

  • Preview Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network by the Regional, Rural & Remote Communications Coaltiion (PDF 754.9 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network on 12 April, 2017
  • Preview Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network (PDF 273.9 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network on 11 April, 2017
  • Preview Response to Draft Report of its Inquiry into the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (PDF 538.5 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 27 January, 2017

    The NFF firmly believes that connectivity represents the next frontier for agricultural productivity in Australia. Farmers need access to reliable, affordable and adequate data and voice services to grow their businesses and to remain innovative. Key to this is the Universal Service Obligation (USO) agreement that enables Australians, wherever they work and live, to have a guaranteed minimum access to data and voice services.

    The NFF supports the Productivity Commission’s (PC) conclusion that the current arrangement for USO in need of reform and should be amended to include a baseline broadband service. While the PC assumes that new technologies such as the NBN will fulfil the USO requirements in the future, the NFF is of the strong view that the USO should remain technology neutral.

  • Preview Universal Service Obligation (USO) (PDF 542.3 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 24 January, 2017

    The NFF firmly believes that connectivity represents the next frontier for agricultural productivity in Australia. Farmers need access to reliable, affordable and adequate data and voice services to grow their businesses and to remain innovative. Key to this is the Universal Service Obligation (USO) agreement that enables Australians, wherever they work and live, to have a guaranteed minimum access to data and voice services.

    The NFF supports the Productivity Commission’s (PC) conclusion that the current arrangement for the USO is in need of reform and should be amended to include a baseline broadband service. While the PC assumes that new technologies such as the NBN will fulfil the USO requirements in the future, the NFF is of the strong view that the USO should remain technology neutral.

  • Preview Consumer representation Review of section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 Issues Paper (PDF 286.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Communications and the Arts on 25 November, 2016

    The NFF's submission highlights the importance of Australian Communications Consumer Action Network in ensuring all telecommunication consumers have fair and equitable access to voice and data services.

  • Preview 2015 Regional Telecommunications Review (PDF 796.4 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Communications on 20 July, 2015
  • Preview Serious Invasion of Privacy in the Digital Era: Submission (PDF 653.7 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Law Reform Commission on 3 December, 2013

    The NFF's submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) outlines the farm sectors views upon privacy in the digital era.

  • Preview Telstra’s Regional and Rural Presence Plan: Submission (PDF 182.8 kb)
    Submitted to Telstra on 24 February, 2012

    The NFF's 24 Feb 2012 submission to Telstra's draft Regional and Rural Presence Plan seeks to ensure that Australian farmers have equal access to telecommunication services and upgrades to these services. The NFF believes access to communication technologies is a fundamental requirement for modern businesses, including agricultural businesses.

  • Preview Regional Telecommunications Review: Submission (PDF 198.7 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on 9 December, 2011

    The NFF’s 9 December 2011 submission to the Regional Telecommunications Review has sought to ensure that Australian farmers – including those in the most remote areas of the country – have access to reliable, high quality telecommunications at an affordable price. It is essential that people living in rural Australia are not disadvantaged, and that the services delivered to rural Australians are equitable and affordable.

  • Preview Legislative Reform for transition to the National Broadband Network: Submission (PDF 91.1 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy on 8 August, 2011

    The NFF's 8 August 2011 submission on the Legislative Reform for the transition to the National Broadband Network seeks to ensure that rural Australians – including those in the most remote areas of the country – have secure access to telecommunication service as well as upgrades to these services.

  • Preview National Broadband Network on Infrastructure and Communications: Submission (PDF 194.9 kb)
    Submitted to House of Representatives Standing Committee on 9 March, 2011

    The NFF's 7 March 2011 submission regarding the National Broadband Network highlights the role that telecommunications, including broadband, play in modern farming practices.

  • Preview Universal Service Policy for the Transition to the National Broadband Network: Submission (PDF 71.9 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on 5 November, 2010

    The NFF’s 5 November 2010 response to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy’s discussion paper outlines the NFF's position on the implementation of Universal Service Policy for the transition to the National Broadband Network.

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Rural debt and access to finance

  • Preview Regional Investment Corporation – Discussion Paper on Key Loan Setting (PDF 593.2 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 15 September, 2017

    The NFF discerns that the establishment of the RIC is a significant opportunity to further the agricultural sector through the administration of farm business loans and the delivery of funding for infrastructure projects. To that end, the farming community is largely supportive of the proposed RIC. The concessional loans have the potential to lead farmers through drought preparedness and recovery, to establish innovative farm-based activities and to promote the presence and accession of young farmers in the industry.

  • Preview Regional Investment Corporation Bill (2017) (PDF 292.0 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 20 July, 2017

    The farming community is largely supportive of the proposed Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) and looks forward to furthering the agricultural sector through the administration of farm business loans and through a new mechanism for the delivery of funding for water infrastructure projects. NFF is of the view that the RIC should be independent and not subject to undue political interference or Ministerial direction.

  • Preview Inquiry into Lending to Primary Production Customers (PDF 636.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Select Committee on 12 July, 2017

    Access to credit to manage cash flow is paramount to the farm sector, given the infrequent nature of payments for crops and livestock and other primary products. Farmers need to access credit to invest in, and improve, their productivity through adoption of new technologies and production methods. The key priorities for NFF regarding lending to primary producers include:
    • Availability of debt finance from Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs) and other non-ADI lenders;
    • The terms of debt finance from ADIs and non-ADI lenders;
    • The degree of competition in the provision of rural debt finance.

  • Preview NFF submission to the APRA Discussion Paper – Agricultural lending data collection (PDF 308.5 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Prudential Regulation Authority on 1 May, 2017

    The NFF supports the concept put forward in the discussion paper and considers the proposed collection and collation of agricultural lending data (ALD) to be very useful for the agricultural sector.

  • Preview Review of the Rural Financial Counselling Service program: Submission (PDF 304.0 kb)
    Submitted to National Rural Advisory Council on 18 August, 2014

    The NFF's August 2014 submission highlights the important role played by the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), yet also recognises that improvements to the program may be required in order to optimise outcomes for the farming community.

  • Preview Submission to the statutory review of the Personal Property Securities Act (PDF 124.2 kb)
    Submitted to Attorney-General's Department on 13 June, 2014

    The NFF's 13 June 2014 submission highlights the lack of understanding within agriculture about the Personal Property Securities Register and when it should be used. Potential benefits of registration are not realised because of complex drafting and lack of clear information for the sector about what it means for farmers.

  • Preview Access of Small Business to Finance: Submission (PDF 341.1 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 16 April, 2010

    The NFF’s 16 April 2010 submission asserts the need to build competition and transparency in the banking sector, improve the understanding by the Reserve Bank of Australia of regional economic conditions, revisit tax-based investment mechanisms for regional Australia and build the education and awareness of risk management tools for farmers.

  • Preview Impact of the global financial crisis on regional Australia: Submission (PDF 438.8 kb)
    Submitted to House Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government on 27 March, 2009

    The NFF's 27 March 2009 submission recommends action to reduce the impact of the global financial crisis on regional Australia, including increasing transparency around bank interest rates, correcting the inequities with bank deposit guarantees, investing in economic and social infrastructure, aggressively pursuing the trade reform agenda and building labour flexibility.

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Transport infrastructure

  • Preview Feedback Request on the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice Issues Paper (PDF 536.3 kb)
    Submitted to National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 16 November, 2017

    The NHVR issues paper clearly outlines that current regulations do not take into account the nature of the agricultural fleet, nor the quick decisions farmers need to make when managing crops. However, if adopted, the proposals contained in the NHVR issues paper would still require most movements of oversized agricultural machinery to be covered by permits to travel on public roads. Therefore, the proposals do not go far enough to address this key problem with the existing regulations – the key dimensions remain largely unchanged.

  • Preview Feedback Request on the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice Issues Paper (PDF 202.7 kb)
    Submitted to National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 16 November, 2017

    The NHVR issues paper clearly outlines that current regulations do not take into account the nature of the agricultural fleet, nor the quick decisions farmers need to make when managing crops. However, if adopted, the proposals contained in the NHVR issues paper would still require most movements of oversized agricultural machinery to be covered by permits to travel on public roads. Therefore, the proposals do not go far enough to address this key problem with the existing regulations – the key dimensions remain largely unchanged.

  • Preview National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy (PDF 737.0 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development on 4 August, 2017

    The NFF believes that for a national freight and supply chain strategy to be meaningful in its legacy, it must do more than focus on individual projects and avoid perpetuating the politicisation of our infrastructure investments. The NFF believes solutions reside in the systems and architecture that governs infrastructure investment and coordination. The NFF is keen to focus discussion on the contribution and role of agriculture in our freight system and advocates to identify the major agricultural freight routes and implementing actions and policies that alleviate bottlenecks.

  • Preview Australian Transport Assessment and Planning guidelines (PDF 347.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development on 14 July, 2017

    Given the magnitude of freight costs for farmers, it is important that there is a robust modelling tool for agricultural freight that provides baseline data and that can be used to test a range of infrastructure investment scenarios. It is important that this tool is integrated into the broader Australian Transport Assessment and Planning guidelines.

  • Preview Land Transport Market Reform: Independent price regulation of heavy vehicle charges (PDF 295.8 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development on 14 July, 2017

    Transport infrastructure downfalls in rural, regional and remote Australia due to funding shortfalls lead to high logistics costs for farmers. Moving to an independent price regulation for the heavy vehicle user charge would be a fairer and more transparent way to set prices.

  • Preview Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015: Submission (PDF 828.4 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 21 August, 2015

    NFF 21 August 2015 Submission on Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

  • Preview Approaches to regulating coastal shipping in Australia (PDF 470.9 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission Inquiry into coastal shipping policy and regulation on 30 May, 2014

    The NFF's 30 May 2014 submission supports a policy objective of economic growth and productivity through competitive, efficient and effective maritime transport services.

  • Preview Heavy Vehicle Compliance review: Submission (PDF 46.3 kb)
    Submitted to National Transport Commission on 1 November, 2013

    The NFF's 1 November 2013 submission to the Heavy Vehicle Compliance Review consultation provides a response to the various recommendations made by the National Transport Commission. The NFF highlights the need for better practices aimed at encouraging, promoting and enforcing compliance within the heavy vehicle industry. To ensure efficiency and minimal imposition on businesses, the NFF believes that each area of regulation should be regularly visited, particularly those surrounding the use of heavy vehicles.

  • Preview Chain of responsibility in the heavy vehicle national law : Submission (PDF 55.6 kb)
    Submitted to Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure on 16 August, 2013

    The NFF’s 16 August 2013 submission on the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) in the Heavy Vehicle National Law issue paper being undertaken by a taskforce appointed by the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure outlines the need for a ‘whole of supply chain’ approach to make the chain of responsibility provisions in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) more effective, and notes that ideally, the aim of the CoR should be to promote safety without prohibiting productivity and efficiency or add another layer of bureaucracy.

  • Preview Fees for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator: Submission (PDF 55.2 kb)
    Submitted to National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 20 December, 2012

    The NFF’s 20 December submission to the consultation paper: Fees for regulatory services: Setting fees for the National Heavy Vehicle
    Regulator (NHVR) in an initial operational phase outlines the importance of a single national system of laws for heavy
    vehicles, to improve efficiency in the operation of heavy vehicles and reduce the administrative and regulatory burden for heavy vehicle operators

  • Preview Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment Bill 2012 (PDF 73.0 kb)
    Submitted to Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee on 7 December, 2012

    The NFF’s 7 December 2012 submission to the Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee consideration of the Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment Bill 2012, reiterates its support for the establishment of a single national system of laws for heavy vehicles. NFF suggests that as an ongoing concern, any changes desired by State’s should be delivered through a national process, with adequate review mechanisms made available for this purpose.

  • Preview National Transport Commission Review: Submission (PDF 96.8 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Infrastructure and Transport on 9 July, 2012

    The NFF's 9 July 2012 submission to inform the 2012 Review of the National Transport Commission (NTC) and Other Relevant Bodies acknowledges the key role the NTC has played in establishing the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. The submission also supports the establishment of a single national system of laws for heavy vehicles to improve efficiency and reduce the regulatory burden for heavy vehicle operators.

  • Preview Road Funding Reforms: Submission (PDF 138.1 kb)
    Submitted to Council of Australian Governments on 22 August, 2011

    The NFF’s 22 August 2011 submission into Road Funding Reforms supports the principles behind the reforms but raises signficant questions as to how road charging will occur and how the benefits from supply side reform will be realised.

  • Preview Heavy Vehicle Funding and Implementation: Submission (PDF 329.3 kb)
    Submitted to Council of Australian Governments on 3 June, 2011

    The NFF’s 3 June 2011 submission regarding Heavy Vehicle Funding and Implementation supports transparency in road pricing, but notes that the economic benefits from pricing signals will be limited in many areas of rural and remote Australia where there is no route choice or no flexibility to optimise vehicle type or configuration.

  • Preview Heavy Vehicle National Law Draft Regulatory Impact Statement: Submission (PDF 85.6 kb)
    Submitted to National Transport Commission on 10 May, 2011

    The NFF's 10 May 2011 submission regarding the Heavy Vehicle National Law Draft Regulatory Impact Statement supports the establishment of a single national system of laws for heavy vehicles to improve efficiency in the operation of heavy vehicles and reduce the administrative and regulatory burden for heavy vehicle operators.

  • Preview National Land Freight Strategy: Submission (PDF 93.1 kb)
    Submitted to Infrastructure Australia on 6 May, 2011

    The NFF's 6 May 2011 submission to the National Land Freight Strategy has continued to call for a structured approach to defining the current and future freight infrastructure needs of rural Australia.

  • Preview The Role of Government in Rail Frieght Investment: Submission (PDF 123.8 kb)
    Submitted to National Transport Commission on 15 December, 2010

    The NFF's 15 December 2010 submission to the National Transport Commission raises vital efficiencies that have been generated within farm production to maintain international competitiveness, which are currently constrained by inefficiencies in related sectors, such as transport.

  • Preview Heavy Vehicle Pricing Review: Submission (PDF 190.6 kb)
    Submitted to Council of Australian Governments on 10 September, 2010

    The NFF's 10 September 2010 submission maintains that the pricing of transport, including road and rail, should be transparent to ensure that farmers are able to make informed decisions about how to transport their produce in the most efficient and cost effective manner.

  • Preview National Ports Strategy: Submission (PDF 157.4 kb)
    Submitted to Infrastructure Australia on 28 May, 2010

    The NFF’s 28 May 2010 submission on the Proposed National Ports Strategy highlights the need for the Strategy to link with other freight infrastructure and that it should be informed by an understanding of current and future freight flows.

  • Preview National Framework for Regulation, Registration and Licensing of Heavy Vehicles: Submission (DOC 138.0 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 18 February, 2009

    The NFF's 18 February 2009 submission on the Regulatory Impact Statement highlights that over-regulation, or unpredictable regulation, can adversely impact on the cost of transport and the incentives for new investment. The submission calls for a coherent, transparent and stable regulatory environment to encourage investment in appropriate modes of transport.

  • Preview Infrastructure Australia - Key Infrastructure: Submission (PDF 397.6 kb)
    Submitted to Infrastructure Australia on 15 October, 2008

    The NFF's 15 October 2008 submission outlines key infrastructure needs in the areas of water, energy, transport and telecommunications. Specific focus has been placed on the need to factor in the community service obligation within the Infrastructure Australia planning process, while highlighting specific needs including a new model for determining the future transport infrastructure needs of agriculture, the grain branch lines, the North-South Railway, increased road access to high productivity vehicles, water infrastructure to cover urban, on-farm, environmental and irrigation needs, quality affordable telecommunications services, and utility level renewal energy creation.

  • Preview B-Triple Road Network Access: Submission (PDF 223.5 kb)
    Submitted to National Transport Commission on 21 August, 2007

    The NFF's 21 August 2007 submission looks for improved access to the road network for higher productivity vehicles, such as B-triples, to unlock productivity gains, offset additional registration costs and improve Australian farmers’ competitiveness on domestic and global markets. The submission highlights some of the key immediate and strategic needs of the farm sector with regards to broadening the B-triple network.

  • Preview 2007 Heavy Vehicle Charges Determination - Draft Regulatory Impact Statement: Submission (PDF 314.3 kb)
    Submitted to National Transport Commission on 31 July, 2007

    NFF's 31 July 2007 submission containes key concerns for farmers who own over half the national heavy vehicle fleet and are directly affected by any change in the heavy vehicle pricing structure.

  • Preview Road and Rail Freight Infrastructure Pricing: Submission (PDF 99.9 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 6 November, 2006

    The NFF's 6 November 2006 submission to the Productivity Commission on future models of road and rail infrastructure pricing outlines the NFF's view on ensuring a fair and equitable system that takes into account the economic contribution of the farm sector.

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Farm chemicals

  • Preview Consultation on the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Operational Efficiency) Bill 2017 (PDF 309.9 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 19 July, 2017

    Access to state-of-the-art agvet chemicals is crucial to improving the productivity and sustainability of Australian agriculture. This requires the efficient and timely processing of agvet chemical registration applications by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). Accordingly, the farming community welcomes this consultation and is of the view that the proposed Bill would help to streamline agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines (agvet chemicals) regulation in Australia.

  • Preview NFF submission to the COAG Minimum Training and Licensing Requirements Draft Proposal (PDF 272.6 kb)
    Submitted to AgVet Chemicals Task Group Secretariat on 1 May, 2017

    The NFF supports COAG’s efforts to ensure that the minimum training requirements for all users of RCPs and S7 agvet chemicals are nationally consistent and in line with the level of risk posed by these chemicals. To further engage with industry, the NFF would like to invite the Agvet Chemicals Task Group to have a face-to-face meeting with the NFF Agvet Chemicals Taskforce.

  • Preview National phase down of mercury – Final Regulation Impact Statement (Exposure Draft) (PDF 319.9 kb)
    Submitted to Department of the Environment and Energy on 17 March, 2017

    The NFF is aware that Shirtan®, a fungicide containing Mercury, is currently used by cane growers to control pineapple disease in sugar cane. Shirtan® would need to either be phased out or receive an exemption notice for future use should the Australian Government ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to curb mercury usage. The NFF recommends to allow sufficient time for growers to be consulted and informed about the phase-out of Shirtan® by 2020 while permitting Australia to meet the requirements of the Minamata Convention.

  • Preview COAG review of the national chemical regulation framework (PDF 330.7 kb)
    Submitted to AgVet Chemicals Task Group Secreteriat Council of the Australian Governments on 16 November, 2016

    The NFF's submission supports the COAG’s efforts to ensure that the administration, usage and recording of agvet chemicals are nationally consistent. However, the NFF believes that key to a successful COAG review of the national chemical regulation framework is close industry engagement and the establishment of practical working groups that involve industry representatives with expertise in agvet chemicals.

  • Preview First Principles Review of Cost Recovery at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority: Submission (PDF 477.5 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture on 3 November, 2014

    The NFF’s 3 November 2014 submission encourages the government to work collaboratively with industry and continue any further reforms of agricultural and veterinary chemicals through a more holistic approach.

  • Preview Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Amendment Bill 2013 (PDF 435.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 11 April, 2014

    The NFF’s 11 April 2014 submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport inquiry into Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Amendment Bill 2013 acknowledges that Australian farmers need a system of chemical registration that facilitates the introduction of new chemicals onto the Australian market in a timely and cost efficient manner.

  • Preview First-principles review of cost recovery for APVMA: Submission (PDF 452.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture on 25 February, 2014

    The NFF's 2014 submission regarding the first-principles review of the cost recovery arrangements for the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

  • Preview Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2012: Submission (PDF 73.3 kb)
    Submitted to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 20 December, 2012

    The NFF’s 20 December submission to the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 comments that the assessment and registration process of agricultural and veterinary chemicals should be efficient, transparent and effective to reduce the cost of the process, however, the NFF is still not convinced that the current reform process will achieve a more efficient or effective
    regulatory system for agricultural and veterinary chemicals. This was submitted to both the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

  • Preview Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendments 2012: Submission (PDF 157.5 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 29 October, 2012

    The NFF's 29 October 2012 submission to the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendments 2012, Revised Exposure Draft, highlights that in the absence of a clear analysis of the costs and benefits of the proposed measures within this ‘better regulation’ process, the NFF continues to hold concerns that the proposed changes will negatively impact on the costs of chemicals and the availability of chemicals in the Australian market.

  • Preview Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2011: Submission (PDF 165.9 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 24 February, 2012

    The NFF's 24 Feb 2012 submission regarding the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 seeks to ensure that any changes to the legislation undergo a comprehensive evaluation, focusing on the impact of the changes to chemical availability and cost and the diversity of chemicals on the market.

  • Preview National Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals - Regulation Impact Statement: Submission (PDF 341.2 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 12 April, 2011

    The NFF's 11 April 2011 submission recognises the range of processes exploring registration and regulation of agricultural and veterinary chemicals. A National Regulatory Framework will have substantial implications for farmers and these are outlined in the NFF's submission.

  • Preview National Regulatory Framework on Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals: Submission (PDF 299.8 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 16 December, 2010

    The NFF's 16 December 2010 submission to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry outlines the NFF's position on the National Regulatory Framework on agricultural and veterinary chemicals and its implications for farmers.

  • Preview National Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals: Submission (PDF 374.2 kb)
    Submitted to Product Safety and Integrity Committee on 8 February, 2010

    The NFF’s 8 February 2010 submission to the Product Safety and Integrity Committee on the proposal for a single, national framework to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the regulation of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, highlights the need for greater consistency in chemical regulation and control of use.

  • Preview Chemicals and Plastics Regulation Draft Report: Submission (PDF 202.5 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 18 April, 2008

    The NFF's April 2008 submission offers a realistic way forward for reducing the chronic over-regulation of the chemicals and plastics sector, which has had an unjustifiable cost-impost on agriculture and undermined risk-management principles by creating confusion about compliance and jurisdictional authority.

  • Preview Pricing and Supply Arrangement in the Australian and Global Chemical and Fertiliser Markets: Submission (PDF 484.7 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Select Committee on Agriculture and Related Industries on 7 April, 2008

    The NFF’s April 2008 submission to the Senate Select Committee on Agriculture and Related Industries notes that fertiliser and chemical prices have more than doubled over the last 12 months - eating into farmer margins and coming on top of mounting costs - forcing farmers to adjust their production systems, often at the expense of productivity.

  • Preview Draft Report of Chemicals of Security Concern: Submission (PDF 147.2 kb)
    Submitted to Council of Australian Government on 3 April, 2008

    The NFF's 3 April 2008 submission to COAG's Draft Report of Chemicals of Security Concern recognises that two years of industry consultation by Government has developed a workable framework for managing this important security issue. The NFF welcomes a transparent and cost-effective management framework that builds in consultation with industry as a permanent feature of mitigating security risks on chemicals.

  • Preview Operating Principles in Relation to Spray Drift Risk: Submission (DOC 305.0 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority on 28 March, 2008

    The NFF's 20 March 2008 submission to the APVMA assesses the draft Operating Principles in Relation to Spray Drift Risk. As well as providing feedback and raising concerns with the Australian Government, the NFF outlines its own plan to drive improved management of spray drift through awareness-raising and a whole of industry approach.

  • Preview Review of Hazardous Materials: Submission (PDF 855.2 kb)
    Submitted to Council of Australian Government on 1 March, 2007

    The NFF's 1 March 2007 submission advocates a mix of government and self-regualtion as the best way to sensibly manage security sensitive chemcials on-farm.

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Taxation

  • Preview Response to Re:tink Tax Discussion Paper Reform of the Taxation System: Submission (PDF 278.2 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Treasury on 16 June, 2015

    The NFF’s June 2015 submission highlights that Australia’s continued economic wellbeing depends on all levels of government facilitating an environment that drives economic growth and ensures current living standards can continue while protecting the prosperity of future generations. A range of measures will be required to meet the economic challenges ahead. This review of taxation must bring taxation based mechanisms that complement and deliver equitable outcomes in areas such as improved investment in infrastructure, innovation, climate change mitigation, drought preparedness and environmental stewardship. This review provides a real opportunity for change………….

  • Preview Taxation of Trusts: Submission (PDF 149.4 kb)
    Submitted to Treasury on 15 March, 2012

    The NFF's 7 February 2012 submission to the review paper ‘Modernising the Taxation of Trust Income’ outlines important role that trust structures play for the agriculture sector, and suggests the review should focus on fixing known problems and clarifying uncertainties in the existing law.

  • Preview Exposure Draft on Non-Commercial Losses: Submission (PDF 432.7 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 31 July, 2009

    The NFF's 31 July 2009 submission to the Australian Government's Exposure Draft regarding Non-Commerical Losses outlines that the proposed changes could lead to significant unintended consequences - including the potential disincentive for farmers to maximise off-farm income and a negative impact on environmental outcomes, among others.

  • Preview Food Production and Managed Investment Schemes: Submission (PDF 385.0 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Select Committee on Agricultural and Related Industries on 23 July, 2009

    The NFF's 23 July 2009 submission to the Senate Inquiry into Food Production in Australia focuses on Managed Investment Schemes (MIS) and their appropriateness for rural Australia. The NFF is concerned about the exponential growth in MIS forestry projects and believes that in many instances, the MIS mechanism does not promote a sound investment decision.

  • Preview Inquiry Into Agribusiness Managed Investment Schemes: Submission (PDF 588.8 kb)
    Submitted to Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services on 26 June, 2009

    The NFF's 26 June 2009 submission examines the collapse of two of the largest Managed Investment Scheme (MIS) operators - intensifying the focus on the MIS mechanism and how appropriate it is (or isn't) for rural Australia. The NFF is concerned about the exponential growth in MIS forestry projects and believes that in many instances, the MIS mechanism does not promote a sound investment decision.

  • Preview Tightening the non-commercial Loan Rules: Submission (PDF 359.2 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 16 June, 2009

    The NFF's 16 June 2009 submission relates to the Australian Government’s rationale for tightening the non-commercial loan provisions under Division 7A. The NFF encourages the Government to ensure that farmers are not unintentionally affected by the new legislation through their legitimate use of company assets owned exclusively for business use - in particular farm land.

  • Preview Review of Australia's Future Tax System: Submission (PDF 422.3 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 17 October, 2008

    The NFF's 17 October 2008 submission highlights key areas where taxation can play a major role in influencing the behaviour of Australia’s farming community and, if used effectively, induce positives for the economy, the environment and society.

  • Preview The Pension Review: Submission (PDF 379.1 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 26 September, 2008

    The NFF's 26 September 2008 submission to the Australian Government's Review of the Age Pension, Carer Payment and the Disability Support Pension, as part of the Government's broader inquiry into Australia's Future Tax System recommends that the five-year time limit be removed on the ability of farmers to gift the farm to their children upon retirement and access the age pension.

  • Preview Non-forestry Managed Investment Schemes: Submission (PDF 382.5 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 12 September, 2008

    The NFF's 12 September 2008 submission reiterates the view that the Managed Investment Scheme mechanism is not appropriate for agriculture, in many instances leading to distored resource allocation in rural and regional Australia.

  • Preview Proposed Taxation Arrangements for Plantation Forestry: Submission (PDF 125.0 kb)
    Submitted to Dutton Inquiry on 14 July, 2006

    The NFF's 14 July 2006 submission to the Dutton Inquiry into Managed Investment Schemes and their detrimental impacts on long-term sustainability and profitablity of agricultural production.

  • Preview Response to the Fuel Tax Credit Reform discussion paper: Submission (PDF 45.7 kb)
    Submitted to Treasury on 3 August, 2005

    The NFF's 3 August 2005 submission responds to the Australian Government's Energy White Paper and addresses fuel tax excise reforms as it applies to farm production.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Fuel Tax Bill 2006: Submission (PDF 108.1 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Economics Legislation Committee on 24 April, 2005

    The NFF's 24 May 2005 submission outlines the most effective mechanism for farmers accessing their fuel tax excise rebate in relation to the proposed Fuel Tax Bill 2006.

  • Preview Capital Gains Tax: Submission (PDF 241.7 kb)
    Submitted to The Board of Taxation on 4 March, 2005

    The NFF's 4 March 2005 submission outlines proposed changes to Captial Gains Tax small business exemptions.

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Biotechnology/GM

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Fuel and energy (Biofuels and bioenergy)

  • Preview Energy Green Paper Response: Submission (PDF 815.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Industry on 4 November, 2014

    The NFF’s submission encourages the government to address energy related issues including rising energy costs, the need for greater transparency in energy pricing, regulation and development of resource projects, the securing of Australia’s energy supplies and the assurance that energy sector expansion occurs in a manner that compliments, not compromises, Australian agriculture.

  • Preview Energy Green Paper Response: Submission (PDF 815.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Industry on 4 November, 2014

    The NFF’s submission encourages the government to address energy related issues including rising energy costs, the need for greater transparency in energy pricing, regulation and development of resource projects, the securing of Australia’s energy supplies and the assurance that energy sector expansion occurs in a manner that complements, not compromises, Australian agriculture.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Fuel Indexation (Road Funding) Bill 2014 and related bills: Submission (PDF 390.4 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Economics Legislation Committee on 26 June, 2014

    The NFF welcomes the opportunity to comment on the package of bills which propose amendments to the Excise Tariff Act 1921 and the Customs Tariff Act 1995 to index the rate of excise and excise-equivalent customs duty applied to fuels (the bills).

    Should the Senate decide to support the bills to index fuel excise, the NFF strongly recommends that no changes are made to remove indexation of FTCs in line with movements in excise rates.

  • Preview Energy White Paper: Submission (PDF 584.7 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 9 April, 2012

    The NFF's April 2012 submission to the Government's Energy White Paper reinforces the importance of access to relatively low cost energy in order to bolster our international competitiveness and ensure food security. The NFF urges Government to continue to focus on the important issue of fuel and energy security, which is so important to the long term competitiveness of the agricultural sector.

  • Preview Senate Committee on Fuel and Energy: Submission (PDF 504.7 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Select Committee on Fuel and Energy on 28 August, 2008

    The NFF's 28 August 2008 submission outlines the impact that fuel and energy prices are having on Australian farmers and identifying a range of initiatives that the NFF believes can help to alleviate the situation.

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National Food Plan

  • Preview National Food Plan Green Paper: Submission (PDF 554.7 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 8 November, 2012

    The NFF's 8 Nov 2012 response to the Government's National Food Plan Green Paper outlines the key priorities to be addressed in the Food Plan, including the reprioritisation of food and agriculture higher up the national policy agenda. The National Food Plan should incorporate a series of appropriate and relevant targets that can be set to guide and measure progress, and to be a success, should be adequately resourced and include critical details on how the range of issues are going to be prioritised.

  • Preview National Food Plan Issues Paper: Submission (PDF 553.0 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 2 September, 2011

    The NFF’s 2 September 2011 submission to the Issues Paper to Inform the Development of a National Food Plan recommends that the key outcome from the National Food Plan should be a shared view across Government on the operation and priorities of Australia's food production sector.

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Rural Health

  • Preview The National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services: Submission (PDF 27.1 kb)
    Submitted to Mental Health Commission on 14 April, 2014

    The NFF's 14 April 2014 submission to the Mental Health Commission on the Review of Mental Health Programmes highlights the challenges faced by rural and remote farmers, and the importance for mental health services to develop in sync as regional populations grow. The NFF commends the work of the National Centre for Rural Health and recognises the benefit in a multifaceted approach to mental health issues.

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Farm Productivity

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