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Trade reform

  • Preview Export Control Bill 2017 (PDF 259.2 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 24 October, 2017

    The National Farmers’ Federation welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Exposure Draft Export Control Bill 2017. The NFF supports the draft Bill and its aim to streamline and strengthen current export legislation.

  • Preview Inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relationship with the UK (PDF 327.0 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on 10 July, 2017

    The NFF is of the view that a successful bilateral agreement with the UK could provide a significant increase in export value to Australian farmers. Australia is a competitive agricultural exporter, with around two thirds of total production exported. Given Australia’s food and fibre industry’s heavy reliance on international trade, it is critically important that government continue to work with industry to maximise Australia’s trade opportunities under current international trade architecture.

  • Preview Australia’s trading relationship with Indonesia (PDF 204.2 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth on 14 February, 2017

    Indonesia is Australia’s fifth largest export market for the trade of agricultural goods with wheat, live animals and sugar being major Australian exports. The current negotiations of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA CEPA) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) present substantial opportunities to deepen and strengthen Australia’s trading relationship with Indonesia.

    The NFF considers existing red meat and cattle partnerships in the trade with Indonesia as a good model to expand to other agricultural sector. It is important that IA CEPA and RCEP improve transparency in Indonesian import policy procedures for all Australian imports. Australia can do much to build Indonesian capacity in terms of skills and this should also be pursued as a key pathway to address market access issues and improve trading relations between our two nations.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Submission (PDF 110.3 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on 7 March, 2016

    The NFF's February 2016 Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Inquiry into the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Free Trade Agreement Negotiations between Australia and the EU: Submission (PDF 441.0 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 4 March, 2016

    The NFF March Submission informs a DFAT inquiry into potential opportunities and impacts of a free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union. The EU is Australia’s last major trading partner without comprehensive trade negotiations. Australian agriculture is currently limited in its ability to export produce to the EU because of very low import quotas and high above-quota tariffs.

  • Preview Inquiry into the role of development partnerships in agriculture and agribusiness in promoting prosperity, reducing poverty and enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region: Submissions (PDF 610.0 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on 4 February, 2016

    The NFF Submission into the role of developing partnerships in agriculture and agribusiness to benefit the Indo-Pacific.

  • Preview Senate inquiry into the Customs Amendment (Anti-Dumping Measures) Bill (No. 1) 2015 and the Customs Tariff (Anti-Dumping) Amendment Bill 2015: Submission (PDF 210.5 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Economics Legislation Committee on 24 April, 2015

    In its 2015 Submission, the NFF outlines its support for an effective trade remedies regime in Australia. NFF underlines its belief that dumping is a form of predatory pricing, and that the major challenge for Australian governments (with industry) is to improve the accessibility of Australia’s anti-dumping system for industries with legitimate claims against dumped products. The submission goes on to discuss the key guiding principles that the NFF supports in relation to the Bills in question and in relation to anti-dumping measures, including matters such as ensuring Australia’s anti-dumping system is WTO-consistent, and the requirement for government to take on a more cooperative role in working with affected sectors. NFF states that Australian farmers depend on a transparent, efficient and defensible anti-dumping system. They go on to emphasize that Australia’s anti-dumping regime must be transparent and robust and carry with it a high level of integrity.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Trade Agreement between Australia and Korea: Submission (PDF 407.3 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on 10 June, 2014

    The NFF's 10 June 2014 Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties inquiry into the Trade Agreement between Australia and Korea outlines the NFF's strong support for the trade agreement, as announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott in December 2013. The NFF view is that the agreement will provide millions of dollars in export value to Australian farmers, particularly to those in the red meat, grains, dairy, sugar, pork, and horticulture sectors. However, the NFF does urge the Government to implement the agreement before the end of 2014, ensuring the second year of tariff reductions commence on 1 January, 2015.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Trade Agreement between Australia and Korea: Submission (PDF 414.5 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on 10 June, 2014

    The NFF 10 June 2014 Submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee inquiry into the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement. The NFF strongly supports the trade agreement with Korea as announced by the Australian Prime Minister in December 2013. The NFF view is that the agreement will provide millions of dollars in export value to Australian farmers, particularly those in the red meat, grains dairy, sugar, pork and horticulture sectors. However, the NFF does urge the Government to implement the agreement before the end of 2014, ensuring the second year of tariff reductions commence on 1 January, 2015.

  • Preview Anti-Dumping Review: Submission (PDF 105.9 kb)
    Submitted to Attorney-General’s Department on 14 September, 2012

    The NFF’s 14 September 2012 submission on Australia’s anti-dumping arrangements outlines the need to improve the accessibility of Australia’s anti-dumping system for industries with legitimate claims against dumped products. The NFF is committed to ensuring Australia’s anti-dumping system is WTO consistent, and that industries with legitimate claims against dumped imports have the opportunity to seek remedy through the system.

  • Preview Inquiry into Australia’s overseas representation: Submission (PDF 154.1 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on 8 February, 2012

    The NFF's 8 February 2012 submission to the inquiry highlights the importance of Australia’s overseas representation and urges the Government to provide additional technical capacity through a greater presence of technical specialists in overseas posts in response to a growing need to resolve technical market access issues.

  • Preview Japan and Korea Trade Relations: Submission (PDF 422.4 kb)
    Submitted to Trade Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on 2 August, 2011

    The NFF’s 2 August 2011 submission to the inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationship with Japan and the Republic of Korea acknowledges that agriculture is complex and is seen as a hurdle in negotiations that has resulted in Australia’s FTA’s with Japan and Korea being difficult to conclude. Yet in the context of increasing global demand for food, it is in the interests of the Japanese and Korean economies and the wider population to increase domestic food choice and security by allowing Australian export markets to function without impediment.

  • Preview Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements: Submission (PDF 489.9 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 1 March, 2010

    The NFF's 1 March 2010 submission to the Productivity Commission highlights multilateral trade reform as the priority trade policy for the NFF. The NFF will continue to drive these agreements on both offensive and defensive grounds.

  • Preview Australia’s Anti-Dumping And Countervailing System: Submission (PDF 284.3 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 20 June, 2009

    The NFF's June 2009 submission to the Productivity Commission Issue Paper outlines the need to improve Australia’s anti-dumping system for industries with legitimate claims against dumped products, while ensuring that any changes do not result in increased applications from industry sectors seeking to use anti-dumping as a means of industry protection.

  • Preview Review of Export Policies and Programs: Submission (PDF 878.2 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 10 June, 2008

    The NFF's June 2008 submission to the Government's trade review renews the call for global trade reform. Agriculture remains the most distorted area of international goods trade globally, with average tariffs more than three times higher than in non-agricultural goods.

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Competitiveness

  • Preview Accessing Premium Markets: Australian Organics (PDF 211.9 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 28 February, 2017

    The NFF firmly advocates that farmers should retain the opportunity to adopt the method of production best suited to their business needs, be that conventional, organic, GM or any combination of these methods. The NFF recommends to revise the current National Standards in organic farming and to replace zero tolerance of genetically-modified organism (GMO) presence with a more workable and scientifically grounded tolerance level.

  • Preview Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2016 (PDF 298.1 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 23 December, 2016

    The NFF is of the view that a fair market place for farmers requires competition both in upstream and downstream markets. Having a competition regulator empowered with a strong misuse of market power provision (and sufficient resources to enforce it) is key to improving competitiveness and driving innovation and productivity in the agricultural sector.

    The NFF supports the Government’s bill to amend Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to better prevent the misuse of market power and to reliably enforce measures to improve competition.

  • Preview ACCC’s Frameworks for Concerted Practices and Misuse of Market Power Guidelines (PDF 866.5 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 21 December, 2016

    The NFF has consistently advocated for amendment of section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to implement an ‘effects’ test. However, the effectiveness of the reforms will predominantly depend on how the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission plans to implement and enforce the proposed legislation and how the courts interpret and apply the law.

  • Preview Cattle and Beef Market Study – Interim Report (PDF 210.0 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 23 November, 2016

    The NFF submission welcomes the ACCC’s interest in increasing competition in the Cattle and Beef Market. However, it also highlights that it is crucial to fully understand industry practices and to further consult with relevant industry bodies.

  • Preview Rice Vesting Review (PDF 217.7 kb)
    Submitted to the NSW Department of Primary Industries on 14 September, 2016

    The NFF 2016 Submission to the NSW Department of Primary Industries in support of a continuation of the current rice vesting arrangement.

  • Preview Review of Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes - Food and Grocery) Regulation 2015 (PDF 203.8 kb)
    Submitted to EconomicLegislation Committee on 29 March, 2015

    The submission emphasises NFF's strong supporting for a mandatory, binding Food and Grocery Code that encompasses all retailers. It acknowledges that the prescribed voluntary Code is a step in the right direction.

  • Preview Submission in response to the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper (PDF 1.2 Mb)
    Submitted to Prime Minister and Cabinet on 12 December, 2014

    The NFF 12 December 2014 Submission in response to the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper.

  • Preview Draft Report of the Competition Policy Review: Submission (PDF 659.4 kb)
    Submitted to Competition Policy Review on 21 November, 2014

    The NFF Submission in response to the Harper Competition Policy Review Panel Draft Report.

  • Preview Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Submission (PDF 328.3 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on 8 August, 2014

    The NFF 8 August 2014 Submission responds to the Developing Northern Australia Green Paper: setting out the opportunities, barriers and potential policy directions necessary to achieve a long-term vision for Northern Australia.

  • Preview The Australian Government Competition Policy Review (PDF 703.5 kb)
    Submitted to The Treasury on 10 June, 2014

    The NFF's 10 June Submission to the Australian Government's "root and branch" review of Australia's competition policy welcomes the government's commitment to undertake the review, and recognises it as a timely opportunity for the agricultural sector to outline areas and issues that require change.

  • Australian Government Competition Policy Review (PDF 4.7 Mb)
    Submitted to The Treasury on 10 June, 2014

    Appendix to NFF Competition Policy Review attached.

  • Preview Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper - Issues Paper: Submission (PDF 509.7 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on 17 April, 2014

    The NFF’s 17 April submission to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper - Issues Paper, has been made in order to assist the White Paper process to identify pathways and approaches for growing Australian farm profitability and boost agriculture's contribution to economic growth, trade, innovation and productivity.

  • Preview Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013: Submission (PDF 490.0 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Economics Committee on 24 February, 2014

    The NFF's submission to the Senate Economics Committee inquiry into the Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013.

  • Preview National Commission of Audit: Submission (PDF 399.7 kb)
    Submitted to National Commission of Audit on 29 November, 2013

    The NFF's 2013 submission to the National Commission of Audit outlines the farm sectors view on government roles and responsibilities, and the need for measures that improve overall efficiency and effectiveness of government services and policy delivery.

  • Preview Retail Pricing Bill (Farm Gate to Plate): Submission (PDF 86.6 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 6 November, 2011

    The NFF’s 6 November 2011 submission regarding the Constitutional Corporations (Farm Gate To Plate) Bill, highlights that although NFF is supportive of a transparent value chain and obtaining appropriate prices for primary producers, it does not believe that the Bill will improve farm gate prices - instead creating a confusing layer of information for consumers.

  • Preview Competitiveness of Retail Prices for Standard Groceries: Submission (PDF 508.1 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 17 March, 2008

    The NFF's 17 March 2008 submission to the ACCC's Inquiry into the Competitiveness of Retail Prices for Groceries emphasises the need for transparency throughout the food supply chain.

  • Preview Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2007, and Trade Practices Amendment (Predatory Pricing) Bill 2007: Submission (PDF 205.2 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 10 July, 2007

    NFF's 10 July 2007 submission demonstrates farmers' support for the Australian Government's Trade Practices Act amendments to Section 46 (Misuse of Market Power) and Section 51AC (Unconscionable Conduct).

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Food labelling

  • Preview Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) Regulation Impact Statement (RIS): Submission (PDF 350.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Industry, Science & Innovation on 4 February, 2016

    The NFF's 2016 Submission on the Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) Regulation Impact Statement (RIS).

  • Preview Inquiry into Country of Origin Food Labelling: Submission (PDF 339.5 kb)
    Submitted to House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry on 8 May, 2014

    The NFF's 2 May 2014 Submission to the Inquiry into Country of Origin Food Labelling understands that country of origin labelling is a complex task. However, the NFF is of the view that the current food labelling system is failing to meets its policy objective by contributing to a level of confusion among consumers, rather than informing them as to the true origins of food, and in turn, fails to support the farm sector.

  • Preview Food Labelling Review: Submission (PDF 407.1 kb)
    Submitted to Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy on 7 September, 2011

    The NFF’s 7 September 2011 submission into the Food Labelling Review provides in-principle support for the right of industries to implement voluntary measures that provide information about non-health related attributes, assisting consumers in making informed purchasing decisions. The NFF acknowledges that specific factors can require variations and caveats on this principle, however significant pitfalls must be avoided when considering alternatives for food labelling.

  • Preview Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy: Submission (PDF 468.5 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 26 May, 2010

    The NFF’s 26 May 2010 submission to the Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy insists that labelling laws must not impose unreasonable costs or lead to adverse trade implications, and should be practical to implement.

  • Preview Country of Origin Labelling Discussion Paper: Submission (PDF 87.1 kb)
    Submitted to Food Standards Australia New Zealand on 8 September, 2005

    The NFF's 8 September 2005 submission outlines our position on the contentious issue of food labelling.

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Asian Century

  • Preview Asian Century White Paper: Submission (PDF 515.4 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 7 March, 2012

    The NFF's 7 March 2012 submission to the Asian Century White Paper notes that the Australian agricultural sector is well positioned to capitalise on the Asian Century, provided that enabling policies are enacted by Government.

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