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  • Policy Category: Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource Management

Natural resource management: biodiversity, land, soils

  • Preview The definition of ‘small business’ and eligibility for exemption from cost recovery fees for environmental assessments under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Consultation Paper (PDF 198.3 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Environment and Energy on 28 March, 2017

    The NFF’s 28 March 2017 submission recommends that the Government adopt the Australian Tax Office definition for Primary Producer. The NFF’s view is that the imposition of costs for referral under the EPBC provides an additional barrier and may result in the failure of the EPBC Act to achieve its objectives.

  • Preview Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015: Submission (PDF 29.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 29 February, 2016

    The NFF’s 29 February 2016 submission recommends that the Senate support the Bill without amendments and the NFF welcomes adjustments to the reviews and reporting arrangements proposed by the Bill. These adjustments better reflect the timing of the implementation of the plan. The NFF particularly welcomes the addition of a specific requirement for the monitoring and evaluation program to include social and economic impacts, with 5 yearly reporting timeframes...

  • Preview Review of the National Firearms Agreements: Submission (PDF 613.8 kb)
    Submitted to Attorney-General's Department on 18 September, 2015

    The NFF September 2015 submission-in-reply to the Review of the National Firearms Agreements.

  • Preview Water Act Review: Submission (PDF 563.4 kb)
    Submitted to Department of the Environment on 10 July, 2014

    The NFF's 10 July 2014 Submission suggests a number of amendments to the Water Act 2007, providing social, economic and environmental outcomes for water users and the Australian community.

  • Preview Streamling environmental regulation, 'green tape', and one stop shops: Submission (PDF 277.9 kb)
    Submitted to House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment on 11 April, 2014

    The NFF’s 11 April 2014 Submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry into Streamlining environmental regulation, ‘green tape’, and one stop shops submission responds to a number of issues relating to jurisdictional arrangements, regulatory requirements and the potential for deregulation. The NFF is seeking a commitment from the Government that new approaches to reporting will not add to the green tape burden of farmers. In addition, the work should also establish a process to proactively and routinely assess the effectiveness and efficiency of regulation affecting Australian agriculture.

  • Preview Australian Heritage Strategy: Submission (PDF 121.3 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on 15 June, 2012

    The NFF’s 15 June 2012 submission to the Australian Heritage Strategy highlights that a lack of effective consultation, fully funded management plans and compensation for affected landowners (particularly in World Heritage listed areas) has undermined confidence in and support for the concept of Heritage listings for many agricultural landholders.

  • Preview Threat abatement plan for five northern grasses: Submission (PDF 353.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on 21 November, 2011

    The NFF’s 21 November 2011 submission to the ‘Draft threat abatement plan to reduce the impacts on northern Australia by the five listed grasses’ highlights the concerns of our members in the seemingly inconsistent listing of five northern grasses. Of the five listed grasses, three have high production and economic values (gamba, olive hymenachne and para grass) while the remaining two (mission grass and annual mission grass) have no production values and are considered to have a negative impact on production and environmental values.

  • Preview Environmental Reforms: NFF Joint Submission (PDF 398.8 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 24 October, 2011

    The NFF’s 24 October 2011 submission responds to proposals by the Government to finalise an EPBC Act offsets policy, introduce EPBC Act cost recovery, develop a new Biodiversity policy and introduce the proposed National Centre for Cooperation on Environment and Development. The NFF broadly supports reform of the Government’s environmental legislation and policies - provided it delivers a better business case for farmers, reduces red tape and streamlines environmental legislation and regulation across jurisdictions.

  • Preview Australia's Native Vegetation Framework Consultation Draft: Submission (PDF 533.1 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 31 March, 2010

    The NFF’s 31 March 2010 submission calls on all levels of government to consider stewardship arrangements to recognise on-farm environmental management, and asserts that land clearing bans impact on property rights and must replaced by market-based approaches.

  • Preview Biodiversity Conservation Strategy: Submission (PDF 771.9 kb)
    Submitted to Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council on 29 May, 2009

    The NFF’s 29 May 2009 submission highlights the unique knowledge and contribution landholders make to the effective management of Australia's biodiversity. The past and current efforts of farmers, particular the voluntary efforts to retain and re-establish native vegetation, should be acknowledged, while also planning for the next decade of biodiversity management.

  • Preview Australia’s Strategy for the National Reserve System 2008-2030: Submission (PDF 352.4 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 22 January, 2009

    The NFF’s 22 January 2009 submission to the consultation draft of Australia’s Strategy for the National Reserve System 2008-2030 concentrates on cooperative arrangements for protection of Australia’s biodiversity while, at the same time, protecting and enhancing Australia’s agricultural production.

  • Preview Soils & Terrain: Submission (PDF 357.9 kb)
    Submitted to Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council on 11 December, 2008

    The NFF's 11 December 2008 submission urges the Australian Government adopt a strategic national approach to soil management, highlighting that the lack of knowledge around these ecosystems is impinging on Australian farmers' ability to make informed soil management decisions.

  • Preview Natural Resource Management and other Conservation Challenges: Submission (PDF 387.0 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee on 28 August, 2008

    The NFF's 29 August 2008 submission to the Senate Inquiry into Natural Resource Management (NRM) and other Conservation Challenges supports regional NRM delivery and welcomes the opportunity for open grants that allow for a range of applicants to delivery NRM outcomes under the six national priorities of the Commonwealth’s Caring for our Country program.

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Water and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

  • Preview Productivity Commission issues paper on National Water Reform (PDF 695.7 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 27 April, 2017

    The NFF’s 27 April 2017 submission highlighted the importance of secure water property rights back by a robust statutory water entitlement framework to underpin investment in irrigated agriculture. The submission highlights that this is not yet universal for all water users, and continued effort is required from states and territories to deliver this. The submission highlights key areas for future reform, including more transparent water pricing, reconsideration of the governance and planning of environmental water and robust business cases for investment in water infrastructure.

  • Preview Inquiry into water use efficiency in Australian agriculture (PDF 794.8 kb)
    Submitted to The House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources on 7 April, 2017

    The NFF’s 7 April 2017 submission provided the Committee with evidence of the improvements to on-farm water use efficiency in Australian in recent decades. It highlighted the importance of water use efficiency in improving the productivity and profitability of Australian agriculture, and the sectors commitment to investing in the R&D required to support future innovation.

  • Preview Inquiry into Water use efficiency in Australian agriculture (PDF 795.4 kb)
    Submitted to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources on 7 April, 2017

    Australian farmers are recognised globally as world leaders in water use efficiency. Underpinned by our rural research and development model, the agriculture sector has been investing in the science, knowledge, technology and know how to improve water use efficiency for decades. The NFF submission makes a number of recommendations including recognising the importance of improving water use efficiency to lift farm productivity and profitability.

  • Preview Basin Plan Amendment Instrument 2017 (No 1) (PDF 243.0 kb)
    Submitted to Murray-Darling Basin Authority on 17 February, 2017

    The NFF’s 17 February 2017 submission responds to the MDBA’s draft recommendation to reduce the water recovery target in the northern Basin from 370GL to 320GL. The proposal by the MDBA to lower the recovery target from 390 GL to 320 GL. NFF’s view that this recommendation does not go far enough and still means that around 450 jobs will be lost from the small communities of the Northern Basin.

  • Preview Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Submission (PDF 389.9 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Select Committee on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan on 8 October, 2015
  • Preview Inquiry into the Water Amendment Bill 2015: Submission (PDF 667.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Committee for Environment and Communications Legislation on 31 July, 2015

    In its 31 July 2015 Submission the NFF provides strong support to pass proposed amendments to the Water Act 2007, subsection 85C(1), which imposes a duty on the Commonwealth not to exceed the 1500 gigalitre limit on surface water purchases in the Murray-Darling Basin.

  • Preview Review of Commonwealth Water Information Provision: Submission (PDF 27.3 kb)
    Submitted to Bureau of Meterology on 5 March, 2015

    The NFF’s 5 March 2015 submission outlines that while farmers are not the direct recipients of the regulations imposed by the Water Act 2007 (the Act), they inevitably bear the ultimate cost of those regulations. Referring to its previous submission to the recent review of the Act, NFF notes that a comprehensive evaluation of the costs and benefits is required, not just an exercise in identifying and removing duplication. NFF underlines their support for the views of IIOs, and for their request through their peak organisation National Irrigators’ Council to have a more formal role in the inter-agency process. NFF suggests that detailed engagement with the IIOs would provide the best avenue for the interagency working group to best understand the concerns of the irrigation sector.

  • Preview NWC Abolition Bill: Submission (PDF 212.9 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications (Legislative Committee) on 13 October, 2014

    The NFF 13 October 2014 submission outlines the NFF's disappointment by the abolishment of the National Water Commission. The submission canvasses each of the key changes proposed by the Government, and includes specific amendments to strengthen the proposed arrangements.

  • Preview Draft Basin-Wide Environmental Watering Strategy (PDF 44.2 kb)
    Submitted to Murray-Darling Basin Authority on 26 September, 2014

    The NFF 26 September 2014 submission suggests that whilst the environmental watering strategy should be an important step towards more effective and efficient management, the draft strategy lacks clarity in certain key areas - particularly in the delineation of management roles and responsibilities that may lead to duplication.

  • Preview Environmental Water Recovery Strategy for the Murray-Darling Basin: Submission (PDF 87.9 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communitie on 28 February, 2013

    The NFF’s 28 February 2013 submission outlines some of the key concerns of the proposed Environmental Water Recovery Strategy framework. The NFF has long called for the Government to design (and make public) an exit strategy for the Australian Government exiting from the purchase of water.

  • Preview Water for the Environment Special Account: Submission (PDF 51.4 kb)
    Submitted to House of Representatives Standing Committee on 9 November, 2012

    The NFF’s 9 November 2012 submission to both the House of Representatives Water Amendment (Water for the Environment Special Account) Bill 2012 and Senate Water Amendment (Water for the Environment Special Account) Bill 2012 enquiries outlines the NFF's key concerns and suggests amendments to the Bills to alleviate unintended consequences.

  • Preview Water Amendment (Long-term Average Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2012: Submission (PDF 57.9 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communication on 29 October, 2012

    The NFF's 29 October 2012 submission into the Legislation Inquiry into the Water Amendment (Long-term Average Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2012 demonstrates the NFF's broad support for the concept of the SDL adjustment mechanism.

  • Preview Minister's consensus comments re Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Submission (PDF 125.7 kb)
    Submitted to Murray-Darling Basin Authority on 23 July, 2012

    The NFF's 23 July 2012 supplementary submission to the revised Basin Plan s.43A(4) Minister's consensus comments outlines the key position of the NFF regarding the major policy consensus of the Ministers and highlights the aspects of the Minister’s dissenting reports that are worthy of further consideration by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

  • Preview Commonwealth Environmental Water Trade Arrangements Discussion Paper: Submission (PDF 75.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on 27 April, 2012

    The NFF’s 27 April 2012 submission to the Commonwealth Environmental Water: Trade Arrangements Discussion Paper highlights the need to ensure positive outcomes for irrigators from their engagement with the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH). The NFF is particularly seeking assurances that individual irrigators who choose not to participate in trade to or from the CEWH will remain unaffected.

  • Preview Proposed Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Submission (PDF 908.2 kb)
    Submitted to Murray-Darling Basin Authority on 16 April, 2012

    The NFF's 16 April 2012 submission to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority regarding the proposed Basin Plan outlines the key concerns of the NFF and its members, particularly the lack of balance in the proposed Plan regarding the needs of the Basin's economy, community and environment.

  • Preview Provisions of the Water Act 2007: Submission (PDF 643.6 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on 23 March, 2011

    The NFF’s 18 March 2011 submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Provisions of the Water Act 2007 focuses on how to achieve a balanced approach to deliver on social, economic and environmental aspirations of the Basin’s communities.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Management of the Murray-Darling Basin: Submission (PDF 899.2 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Rural Affairs and Transport Standing Committee on 22 December, 2010

    The NFF’s 22 December 2010 submission to the Inquiry into the Management of the Murray-Darling Basin calls for a more holistic view of water reform and the need to back this up with major infrastructure – on-farm irrigation systems and environmental infrastructure – as well as bolstering research and development.

  • Preview The Impact of the Murray-Darling Basin in Regional Australia: Submission (PDF 578.6 kb)
    Submitted to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Regional Australia on 20 December, 2010

    The NFF’s 20 December 2010 submission to the Inquiry into the Impact of the Murray-Darling Basin in Regional Australia argues that environmental assets in the Basin can be maintained using less water through improvements to infrastructure and wetland management.

  • Preview Guide to the Basin Plan: Submission (PDF 1.5 Mb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 17 December, 2010

    The NFF’s 17 December 2010 response to the Guide to the Basin Plan exposes detailed faults in the assumptions, methodologies and proposals underpinning the Plan's development.

  • Preview Market Mechanisms for Recovering Water in the Murray-Darling Basin: Submission (PDF 516.2 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 12 February, 2010

    The NFF's 12 February 2010 submission reinforces the Commission’s recommendation that a strict scientific basis be required for setting the Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) and supports a balanced approach to determining the SDL.

  • Preview Development of Sustainable Diversion Limits for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Submission (PDF 671.1 kb)
    Submitted to Murray-Darling Basin Authority on 18 December, 2009

    The NFF's 18 December 2009 submission regarding the development of Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDLs) for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan highlights that SDLs are a key component for an effective Murray-Darling Basin Plan covering the crucial need for a balance between the social, economic and environment needs of the river system.

  • Preview Senate Inquiry into water licenses and rights: Submission (PDF 639.5 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts on 9 October, 2009

    The NFF’s 9 October 2009 submission to the Senate Inquiry into water licenses and rights details the critical need to educate both State and Commonwealth Governments on water management and planning, particularly for the understanding of the management of water entitlements.

  • Preview Impacts of Mining in the Murray-Darling Basin: Submission (DOC 98.0 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Environment Communications and the Arts References Committee on 21 September, 2009

    The NFF's 21 September 2009 submission to the Inquiry into the Impacts of Mining in the Murray-Darling Basin acknowledges that while agriculture and mining can co-exist, better rules of engagement and research are needed to assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of mining in regional Australia.

  • Preview Market Mechanisms for Recovering Water in the Murray Darling Basin: Submission (PDF 782.9 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 18 September, 2009

    The NFF’s 18 September 2009 submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into Market Mechanisms for Recovering Water in the Murray Darling Basin highlights the need to balance water recovery with the roll out of infrastructure.

  • Preview Framework for Determining Commonwealth Environmental Watering Actions: Submission (PDF 143.1 kb)
    Submitted to Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts on 31 July, 2009

    The NFF's 31 July 2009 submission outlines the NFF's position on the interim framework being established as a short-term strategy pending the implementation of the Environmental Watering Plan under the Murray-Darlin Basin Plan.

  • Preview Murray-Darling Basin - Senate Coorong Inquiry: Submission Part 2 (PDF 358.2 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 19 November, 2008

    The NFF's 19 November 2008 submission contends that the current arrangements being finalised for the Basin be allowed to be implemented prior to further reviews of arrangements being undertaken.

  • Preview Water Amendement Bill: Submission (PDF 309.7 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 7 November, 2008

    The NFF's 7 November 2008 submission supports the Water Amendment Bill but advocates an amendment to protect water entitlements in relation to critical human needs and reserves.

  • Preview Murray-Darling Basin - Senate Coorong Inquiry: Submission Part 1 (PDF 755.5 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 11 September, 2008

    The NFF's 11 September 2008 submission to the Senate Inquiry contends that there is little that can be done to provide freshwater for the Lower Lakes in the short-term and to do so will significantly impact upon the social, economic and environmental fabric of the Basin.

  • Preview Murray-Darling Basin Inter-Governmental Agreement: Submission (PDF 366.8 kb)
    Submitted to Council of Australian Government on 4 June, 2008

    The NFF's 4 June 2008 submission to the Council of Australian Government Murray-Darling Basin Water Reform Intergovernmental Agreement outlines the views of farmers and irrigators to the proposed concurrent legislation, consultation, Basin Community Committee, inclusion of on-farm projects and purchase of water from willing sellers.

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ACCC: Water

  • Preview ACCC: Water Trading Rules Draft Advice: Submission (PDF 346.0 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 1 February, 2010

    The NFF's 1 February 2010 submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) raises shortcomings from the implementation of the Water Act, particularly water planning and management, and seeks development of advice to the Federal Government to resolve these legislative inadequacies.

  • Preview ACCC: Water Trading Rules Position Paper: Submission (PDF 387.1 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 23 October, 2009

    The NFF's 23 October 2009 submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Water Trading Rules Position Paper.

  • Preview ACCC: Water Planning & Management Charges Draft Rules Submission (PDF 264.9 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 5 June, 2009

    The NFF's 5 June 2009 submission is the latest response to a series of rules being developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to enhance water charge regimes, and to ensure consistent pricing principles apply across the Murray-Darling Basin.

  • Preview ACCC: Water Trade Rules Issues Paper Submission (PDF 637.8 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 1 May, 2009

    The NFF's 1 May 2009 submission is the latest response to a series of rules being developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to enhance water market and trading regimes. This submission was requested by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, with the final rules to be included in the Basin Plan.

  • Preview ACCC: Water Market Draft Rules Submission (PDF 289.2 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 10 November, 2008

    The NFF's 10 November 2008 submission is the latest response to a series of rules being developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to enhance water market and trading regimes, and to ensure consistent pricing principles apply across the Murray-Darling Basin.

  • Preview ACCC: Access Termination Fees Position Paper Submission (PDF 251.0 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 15 September, 2008

    The NFF's 15 September 2008 submission responds to a series of rules being developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to enhance water market and trading regimes, and to ensure consistent pricing principles apply across the Murray-Darling Basin.

  • Preview ACCC: Bulk Water Charge Rules Issues Paper Submission (PDF 478.2 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 18 August, 2008

    The NFF's 18 August 2008 submission responds to a series of rules being developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission regarding bulk water charges.

  • Preview ACCC: Water Market Rules Position Paper Submission (PDF 453.1 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 15 August, 2008

    The NFF's August 2008 submission comments on issues arising from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's position paper for water market rules.

  • Preview ACCC: Water Charge Rules Issues Submission (PDF 478.2 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 15 July, 2008

    The NFF's 15 July 2008 submission responds to a series of rules being developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission regarding Water Charges.

  • Preview ACCC: Water Market Rules Issues Submission (PDF 220.3 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 9 May, 2008

    The NFF's 9 May 2008 submission responds to a series of rules being developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission regardind Water Markets.

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National Water Initiative

  • Preview National Water Commission Amendment Bill 2012: Submission (PDF 70.6 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee on 10 April, 2012

    The NFF’s 10 April 2012 submission to the National Water Commission Amendment Bill 2012 highlights that full implementation of the National Water Initiative is incomplete and this Bill provides flexibility to the National Water Commission to determine, in conjunction with jurisdictions and stakeholders, the most appropriate work program to deliver the high-level water reforms required.

  • Preview National Water Initiative 2011 Biennial Assessment Progress in Implementation Discussion Paper: Submission (PDF 683.9 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 20 January, 2011

    The NFF's 20 January 2011 submission to the National Water Initiative 2011 Biennial Assessment Progress in Implementation Discussion Paper focuses on national water reform (including the Murray-Darling Basin), as well as addressing discussion paper questions.

  • Preview Draft NWI Policy Guidelines for Water Planning & Management: Submission (PDF 516.2 kb)
    Submitted to Council of Australian Governments on 12 February, 2010

    The NFF's 12 February 2010 submission to the COAG Consultation Draft National Water Initiative Policy guidelines for water planning and management calls for a consistent approach across all jurisdictions.

  • Preview National Water Initiative: Submission (PDF 433.4 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 4 December, 2009

    The NFF's 4 December 2009 submission on the National Water Initiative outlines the need for a consistent approach to water planning and management across all jurisdictions to ensure competitive neutrality and minimise the potential for negative impacts to water trade and markets.

  • Preview Australian Industry Review of the National Water Initiative: Submission (DOC 203.5 kb)
    Submitted to National Water Commission on 6 March, 2007

    The NFF's 2 March 2007 submission to the Review of the National Water Initiative, re-commits the NFF's support for increasing productivity and efficiency of water use and the promotion of healthy river and groundwater systems in Australia.

  • Preview Rural Water Use and the Environment - The Role of Market Mechanisms: Submission (PDF 65.7 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 12 July, 2006

    The NFF's 12 July 2006 submission calls for the balanced implementation of the National Water Initiative, particularly relating to ongoing delivery and maintenance of water infrastructure in regional Australia.

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Climate change

  • Preview Response to the 2017 Review of Climate Change Policies Discussion Paper (PDF 1.6 Mb)
    Submitted to Department of Environment and Energy on 5 May, 2017

    The NFF’s 5 May 2017 submission conveyed that NFF’s recognises that climate change poses a significant challenge for Australian Farmers. It is critical that the suite of Government policies that seek to address the challenge of climate change are fully examined, to ensure that the policy levers of Government work cohesively to achieve our national objectives while minimizing the risk of unintended or perverse outcomes..…

  • Preview ‘Action on the land: reducing emissions, conserving natural capital and improving farm profitability – an issues paper’ (PDF 1.6 Mb)
    Submitted to Climate Change Authority on 28 April, 2017

    The NFF’s 28 April 2017 submission highlighted the opportunity for climate policy frameworks to be improved to better support the participation of farmers in the carbon market. The submission highlighted opportunities for carbon policy to be framed in way that recognise multiple benefits of activities– such as productivity, and the biodiversity and water quality services.

  • Preview ANAO Performance Audit: Accounting and reporting of Australia’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimates and Projections (PDF 341.6 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Environment and Energy on 17 February, 2017

    The NFF’s 17 February 2017 submission highlighted the importance of the Department continuing to improve the methods and data for estimating greenhouse gas emissions to ensure that projections are as accurate as possible. It recommends improving transparency of the underlying data and algorithms that support the estimate calculations.

  • Preview Targets and Progress review draft report: Submission (PDF 296.7 kb)
    Submitted to The Climate Change Authority on 29 November, 2013

    The NFF's 29 November 2013 submission to the Climate Change Authority Reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions-targets and progress review draft report makes a number of comments on the draft report. The submission recommends that the Authority's final report correctly report agriculture's net emissions. The NFF also provides several suggestions for consideration by the Authority as it finalises its report to the Government.

  • Preview Repeal of the Carbon Tax Exposure Draft Legislation and Consultation Paper: Submission (PDF 47.4 kb)
    Submitted to Department of the Environment on 4 November, 2013

    The NFF’s 4 November 2013 submission to the Department of the Environment Repeal of the Carbon Tax Exposure Draft Legislation and Consultation Paper outlines the NFF’s support for the repeal of the Carbon Tax given concerns on the effects the tax would have on farm businesses and particularly the agricultural processing sector. In its submission, the NFF understand the repeal of the carbon tax will also include the repeal of the conservation tillage tax offset and suggests that it may be appropriate to continue this program using other mechanisms. In addition, the NFF seeks further clarification of the status and funding for the Land Sector programs and on future investment in RD&E for agriculture for innovative and cost-effective mitigation and adaption measures.

  • Preview Non-Kyoto Fund Discussion Paper (PDF 98.8 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency on 16 January, 2013

    The NFF’s 16 January 2013 submission to the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Non-Kyoto Fund Discussion Paper outlines that the NFF is broadly supportive of the Non-Kyoto Fund but highlights several elements that would improve the fund and minimise unintended consequences

  • Preview Renewable Energy Target Review Issues Paper: Submission (PDF 121.3 kb)
    Submitted to Climate Change Authority on 12 September, 2012

    The NFF’s 12 September 2012 submission to the Climate Change Authority's Renewable Energy Target Review issues paper agrees with the Productivity Commissions' recommendation that those policies that lead to increased costs with little benefits due to the introduction of the carbon price - such as the Renewable Energy Targets - be terminated or immediately phased out to help reduce the cost price pressures on electricity suppply.

  • Preview Climate change adaptation: Submission (PDF 654.0 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 23 January, 2012

    The NFF’s 23 January 2012 submission to the inquiry into the barriers to effective climate change adaptation acknowledges that agricultural industries will not experience climate change in a consistent way. The NFF believes Government policy that encourages and promotes adaptive behaviour and helps to build resilience is essential.

  • Preview Australia’s Biodiversity in a Changing Climate: Submission (PDF 746.5 kb)
    Submitted to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and the Arts on 29 July, 2011

    The NFF’s 29 July 2011 submission to Inquiry into Australia’s Biodiversity in a Changing Climate highlights agriculture's importance in delivering environmental outcomes on a national level.

  • Preview Climate Policy: Submission (PDF 395.2 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Select Committee on Climate Policy on 8 April, 2009

    The NFF's 8 April 2009 submission the Senate Select Committee on Climate Policy notes that it is widely recognised that an emissions trading scheme is an inappropriate policy mechanism for the Australian agricultural sector. In addition to the potential for perverse economic and social impacts from the CPRS, the NFF is concerned about the potential for the CPRS to lead to significant perverse environmental outcomes in areas such as water runoff, biodiversity, and Australia’s ability to continue to make a contribution to global food and fibre supplies.

  • Preview Role of Government in Assisting Australian Farmers to Adapt to the Impacts of Climate Change: Submission (PDF 514.4 kb)
    Submitted to House of Representatives Primary Industries and Resources Committee on 6 March, 2009

    The NFF's 6 March 2009 submission highlights the immediate challenge of adapting to climate change mitigation policies may be greater for farmers than adapting to climate change itself. This submission outlines the role for Government in helping farmers prepare for, and adapt to, climate change.

  • Preview Senate Inquiry into the Coastal Impacts of Climate Change: Submission (PDF 89.8 kb)
    Submitted to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts on 4 June, 2008

    The NFF's 4 June 2008 submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry into the impacts on coastal communities of climate change seeks to raise awareness of the tension between population pressures and land use change.

  • Preview Climate Change and the Australian Agricultural Sector: Submission (PDF 350.9 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs on 14 March, 2008

    The NFF's 14 March 2008 submission looks at the challenges for farm system adaptation and advocates urgent, nationally coordinated research and development on climate change adaptation. This is very much in line with NFF policy on drought and reinforces the NFF’s push for investment in drought management and preparedness.

  • Preview Climate Change - Agriculture and Forestry: Submission (PDF 489.1 kb)
    Submitted to Garnaut Report on Climate Change on 14 January, 2008

    The NFF's 11 January 2008 submission to the Garnaut Report calls for new investment in climate adaptation and mitigation strategies for Australian agriculture – including drought preparedness measures; and new research, development and implementation of technologies, systems and programs to fast-track adaption by farmers to the threat of increased climate risk.

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Carbon tax (and predecessors)

  • Preview Clean Energy Legislation Amendment Bill 2012: Submission (PDF 125.4 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 5 June, 2012

    The NFF’s 5 June 2012 submission to the inquiry into Clean Energy Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 and related bills highlights the need for a clear definition of what constitutes an “agricultural activity” and questions whether some existing, legitimate agricultural activities have been inadvertently missed within the current definitions to avoid potential perverse outcomes.

  • Preview Clean Energy Legislative Package: Submission (PDF 492.9 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 22 August, 2011

    The NFF’s 22 August 2011 submission on the Clean Energy Legislative Package reinforces the NFF's concerns (raised previously) about the impact of the carbon tax on Australian farmers and the agricultural sector.

  • Preview Carbon accounting for agriculture post-Kyoto: Submission (PDF 443.6 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 1 September, 2009

    The NFF's 1 September 2009 submission puts a broader context around the carbon accounting issues faced by agriculture, particularly in light of the international community's recognition that the Kyoto rules ability to underpin domestic mitigation policies for agriculture is limited.

  • Preview Exposure Drafts of the Legislation to Implement the CPRS: Submission (PDF 445.8 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 25 March, 2009

    The NFF's 25 March 2009 submission highlights issues regarding the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) legislation, including international competitiveness impacts on the agricultural sector, concerns around the opt-in forestry provisions and the need for the legislation to have flexibility in recognising non-Kyoto compliant emissions units.

  • Preview Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper: Submission (PDF 1.2 Mb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 10 September, 2008

    The NFF's 10 September 2008 submission in response to the Australian Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) Green Paper outlines key issues and concerns, including the areas of Emissions Intensive Trade Exposed sector assistance, points of obligation for the agriculture sector, land use change, international carbon accounting rule inadequacies, research and development needs and complementary measures.

  • Preview Garnaut Emissions Trading Scheme Discussion Paper: Submission (PDF 331.7 kb)
    Submitted to Garnaut Climate Change Review on 24 April, 2008

    The NFF’s April 2008 Submission to the Garnaut Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Discussion Paper highlights the need for voluntary, incentivised transitional mechanisms. While ‘impractical’ for agriculture to be covered within an ETS, the NFF reinforces the importance of avoiding perverse outcomes for food production.

  • Preview Australian Emissions Trading Scheme Abatement Incentives: Submission (PDF 342.2 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on 1 December, 2007

    The NFF's 1 December 2007 submission to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, outlines the issues faced by agriculture that require urgent attention by Government in the lead up to any Australian Emissions Trading Scheme.

  • Preview Emissions Trading: Submission (PDF 71.7 kb)
    Submitted to Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading on 4 April, 2007

    The NFF's 4 April 2007 submission to the Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading, supports a national trading scheme that recognises agriculture has already reduced Australian greenhouse emissions and proposes that farmers should not be direct participants in a national scheme.

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Carbon Farming Initiative (and predecessors)

  • Preview Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Bill 2011: Submission (PDF 395.2 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on 11 April, 2011

    The NFF's 11 April 2011 submission on the Carbon Farming Initiative and carbon credits acknowledges that the Government has listened to the farm sector in modifying its CFI proposal to ensure genuine abatement opportunities at not unnecessarily overlooked. However, some issues remain and the NFF calls on the Senate Committees to interrogate these to ensure perverse outcomes and unnecessary costs are avoided.

  • Preview Carbon Farming Initiative: Submission (PDF 459.1 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 24 January, 2011

    The NFF's 24 January 2011 submission on the Federal Government's Carbon Farming Initiative, outlines the need for greater flexibility to realise farming's full offset potential and the need for costs and processes to be streamlined.

  • Preview Legislation Underpinning Carbon Sink Forests: Submission (PDF 381.9 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 31 July, 2008

    The NFF's 31 July 2008 submission regarding legislation underpinning carbon sink forests calls for the legislation to be amended to provide a genuine incentive for farmers to establish trees for carbon sink forests and for them to engage in an appropriate level of on-farm forestry.

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Property Rights

  • Preview The impact of Defence training activities and facilities on rural and regional communities (PDF 78.3 kb)
    Submitted to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Senate Committee on 28 April, 2017

    The NFF’s 28 April 2017 submission highlighted key lessons in planning and consultation from the recent defence land acquisition process in the Townsville and Shoalwater Bay. NFF’s submission flags the need for a longer term approach to land use planning by State Governments is required that recognises the need to prioritise farming land for agriculture to ensure that land use conflicts are avoided.……

  • Preview Freedoms Inquiry: Submission (PDF 55.7 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Law Reform Commission on 3 March, 2015

    The NFF’s 3 March 2015 Freedoms Inquiry Submission outlines certain areas in Commonwealth legislation that, in the NFF’s view, encroach upon the traditional freedoms of Australian farmers. NFF notes key areas of concern, including Commonwealth laws that deal with land use, as well as workplace relations laws that involve general protections and the enterprise bargaining framework. NFF acknowledges the significance of legislation such as native vegetation laws, but also notes that results have been achieved to the detriment of farmers’ property rights, and without compensation this results in Australian farmers disproportionately carrying the burden of these regulations. NFF argues that farmers should be entitled to just compensation, which should be determined in a nationally consistent manner, without State-based discrimination.

  • Preview Property Rights: Submission on Native Vegetation Laws, Greenhouse Gas Abatement and Climate Change Measures: Submission (PDF 962.1 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee Inquiry on 23 March, 2010

    The NFF's 19 March 2010 submission on native vegetation laws, greenhouse gas abatement and climate change measures call for legislative changes, market-based drivers for compensation, a public benefit test on government regulations, analysis of international agreements and their impact, and securing tenure over water property rights.

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Native Title

  • Preview Review of the Native Title Act 1993: Submission (PDF 76.9 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Law Reform Commission on 20 January, 2015

    Review of the Native Title Act 1993 - response to the Discussion Paper.

  • Preview Native Title Inquiry: Submission (PDF 69.2 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Law Reform Commission on 15 May, 2014

    The NFF’s 15 May 2014 submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission recognises the legal foundations of Native Title, but raises a number of concerns particularly in regards to the introduction of a presumption of continuity, reversing the onus of proof in native title claims and shifting the financial burden of claim resolution to respondents and encourages the lodgement of overlapping claims.

  • Preview Native Title Act 1993: Submission (PDF 55.5 kb)
    Submitted to Attorney-General’s Department on 19 October, 2012

    The NFF's 19 October 2012 submission on the proposed amendments to the Native Title Act 1993 outlines a number of concerns about the proposed amendments, including the implied assumption that all existing public conservation land will remain public conservation land in the future.

  • Preview Native Title Respondent Funding: Submission (PDF 604.4 kb)
    Submitted to Attorney-General's Department on 21 August, 2012

    The NFF's 21 August 2012 submission to the Attorney-General's Department outlines the NFF's concerns regarding the cessation of funding for Native Title respondees from 1 January 2013. The NFF believes that funding must continue for Native Title Officers and legal representatives in pastoral native title claims.

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Mining and Coal Seam Gas

  • Preview Australia's legislative, regulatory and policy framework for unconventional gas mining (PDF 50.1 kb)
    Submitted to Select Committee on Unconventinal Gas Mining on 14 March, 2017

    It is the NFF's view that landholder rights impacted by mining and extraction licences should be protected by strong, state-based regulatory and scientific frameworks. Further work is required to ensure there are strong regulatory frameworks with clearly specified legal rights, protections and obligations consistent across all jurisdictions.

  • Preview Policy design for the exploration development incentive: Submission (PDF 28.1 kb)
    Submitted to The Treasury and the Department of Industry on 4 April, 2014

    The NFF's 4 April 2014 submission to the Treasury and the Department of Industry on Policy design for the exploration development incentive recognises the tension between the possibly conflicting land use of agriculture and mining continues to be highlighted by mining and coal seam gas exploration and development across Australia. The NFF is concerned the discussion paper fails to explore the possible consequences of the implementation of the inventive on private landholders. The NFF urges the Government to consider mechanisms to require recipients of the incentive to engage fully with landholders when negotiating access, support landholder costs with these negotiations, ensure that liability rests with the explorer, and that any damage to land resulting from exploration activity is rectified.

  • Preview Multiple Land Use Framework Research Study: Submission (PDF 81.3 kb)
    Submitted to Standing Council on Energy and Resources on 14 March, 2013

    The NFF’s 14 March 2013 submission to the Multiple Land Use Framework Research Study highlights that the NFF strongly supports the development of the Multiple Land Use Framework.

  • Preview Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2012: Submission (PDF 82.5 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on 17 April, 2012

    The NFF’s 17 April 2012 submission to the EPBC Act Amendment (Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development) Bill 2012 outlines the concern by communities and farmers regarding potential impacts to land use, water, fracking, well integrity and the fracking or geogenic chemicals and the efforts by the Government, through the Independent Expert Scientific Committee, to address these.

  • Preview Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011: Submission (PDF 122.4 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 23 December, 2011

    The NFF's 23 December 2011 submission to the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill 2011 and related bills acknowledges that the impacts of the Mining Tax on agriculture, and the regional communities that the sector relies heavily upon, can be seen from both positive and negative perspectives.

  • Preview Senate Inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin - Mining Coal Seam Gas: Supplementary Submission (PDF 392.0 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural Affairs and Transport on 30 June, 2011

    The NFF’s 30 June 2011 supplementary submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Murray-Darling Basin: Mining Coal Seam Gas summarises the NFF's key issues regarding the impacts of mining and coal seam gas on the Murray-Darling Basin. This Submission also makes a number of suggestions to resolve some of the key issues relating to communication, land access, mining best practice, rehabilitation, water management, and environmental approvals.

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

  • Preview Bilateral Amendment Bill: Submission (PDF 29.7 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on 6 June, 2014

    The NFF's 6 June 2014 Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications inquiry into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Implementation) Bill 2014 highlights that the NFF has long advocated for changes to the EPBC Act to reduce duplication between State and Commonwealth environmental legislation. The current Government has committed to establishing "one-stop shops" with the States and Territories in order to significantly streamline environmental approvals. This is reform that the NFF and its members welcome and support.

  • Preview Cost Recovery: Submission (PDF 485.6 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications into the EPBC Amendment on 30 May, 2014

    The NFF's 30 May 2014 submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications inquiry into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment opposes Government recovery of costs for agriculture referrals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). In NFF's view cost recovery from agriculture will not achieve the objectives of the EPBC Act, and indeed may result in negative environmental outcomes.

  • Preview Offset Inquiry: Submission (PDF 49.9 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on 3 April, 2014

    The NFF's 3 April 2014 submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications Inquiry into Offsets outlined two major concerns; offsets are generally not feasible for agriculture applications under the EPBC Act, and secondly, that agricultural land is often the 'target' of large enterprises, such as coal mines, seeking to offset the impacts of their own developments. The NFF advocates for a more flexible approach based on the nature of the project, the availability of direct and indirect offsets, and whether the offset delivers improved environmental outcomes for the projected matter.

  • Preview Performance Audit of Managing compliance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) Conditions of Approval: Submission (PDF 30.7 kb)
    Submitted to Australian National Audit Office on 7 November, 2013

    The NFF's 7 November 2013 submission to the Australian National Audit Office on the Performance Audit of Managing compliance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) Conditions of Approval highlighted the difficulty in communicating the EPBC Act to farmers and therefore jeopardising compliance. The NFF has repeatedly called for a better framework from the Department of the Environment to provide more information and enable improved consultation to farmers and those in rural communities. As such, the NFF recommends the establishment of an open dialogue that delivers enforceable conditions able to undergo monitoring, audit and compliance.

  • Preview EPBC Water Trigger: Submission (PDF 124.3 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on 4 April, 2013

    The NFF’s 4 April 2013 submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications inquiry into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013 [Provisions] outlines the government’s attempt to introduce a new matter of national environmental significance in relation to the significant impacts or likely significant impacts of coal seam gas development and large coal mining development on a water resource (water trigger). While NFF recognises the genuine concerns of farmers within areas affected by CSG, NFF believes that using a water trigger within the EPBC act presents an unreasonable future risk to all farmers. The NFF, while supporting the intent to protect the interests of farmers in terms of water quality and water quantity, does not support the use of the EPBC Act water trigger as the mechanism to resolve community and farmer concerns.

  • Preview Effectiveness of Threatened Species and Ecological Communities Protection in Australia: Submission (PDF 58.7 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Environment on 16 January, 2013

    The NFF’s 16 January 2013 submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Threatened Species and Ecological Communities Protection in Australia summarises some of the major issues confronting land managers regarding the EPBC Act, and suggests ways to alleviate some of these concerns.

  • Preview EPBC Act Cost Recovery Consultation: Submission (PDF 428.2 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on 21 June, 2012

    The NFF's 21 June 2012 submission to the EPBC Act's Draft Cost Recovery Impact Statement details numerous issues still to be addresseed. In this submission, the NFF makes a number of recommendations including changes to the definition that might rightly apply to small businesses.

  • Preview EPBC Act Amendment (Protecting Australia’s Water Resources) Bill: Submission (PDF 106.9 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural Affairs and Transport on 14 December, 2011

    The NFF’s 14 December 2011 submission to the inquiry into Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Protecting Australia’s Water Resources) Bill 2011 outlines the major concerns regarding the Bill and highlights that the proposals for water triggers under the EPBC Act are a poor solution for what should be better regulation at a State/Territory Government level for the mining and onshore petroleum industries.

  • Preview EPBC Act Amendment (Emergency Listings) Bill: Submission (PDF 36.1 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on 12 December, 2011

    The NFF’s 12 December 2011 submission to the inquiry into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Emergency Listings) Bill 2011 notes that the NFF cannot support this Bill due to its retrospective provisions, which significantly increase uncertainty for the agricultural industry.

  • Preview Independent Review of the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act: Submission (PDF 841.7 kb)
    Submitted to Dr Allan Hawke Independent review of the EPBC Act on 12 August, 2009

    The NFF's 10 August 2009 submission seeks a streamlining of Australia’s environmental law across all jurisdictions. Any changes to the EPBC Act must be based on credible and substantial justification for change.

  • Preview Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act Senate Inquiry Submission (PDF 455.8 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 26 September, 2008

    The NFF's 26 September 2008 submission regarding the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) strongly supports incentives-based approaches, rather than regulation, to ensure a culture of active management of private land environmental assets leading to optimal outcomes.

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Caring for our Country

  • Preview Caring for our Country Review: Submission (PDF 669.3 kb)
    Submitted to Caring for our Country Review Panel on 20 May, 2011

    The NFF's 20 May 2011 submission to the Caring for our Country Review has called for a more comprehensive review of the Government’s initiative in response to the NFF's concerns, particularly regarding the Government's focus on acquiring large areas of land for biodiversity and ecological outcomes, without demonstrating these outcomes.

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Wildlife corridors

  • Preview Draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan: Submission (PDF 375.7 kb)
    Submitted to National Wildlife Corridors Plan Advisory Group on 20 April, 2012

    The NFF’s 20 April 2012 submission to the Draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan identifies a number of vital principles for wildlife corridors: including the need for any involvement in the draft Plan and corridor activities to remain voluntary; clarification re how the Plan will interact with local, regional and state planning and native vegetation regimes; and the importance of weed and pest animal management within corridors.

  • Preview Draft Corridor Strategies for the Sydney-Melbourne and Perth-Adelaide Corridors: Submission (PDF 73.8 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Transport and Regional Services on 7 September, 2006

    The NFF's 7 September 2006 submission to the Department of Transport and Regional Services' Auslink corridor strategies, seeks to improve planning, decision-making and funding of Australia’s national land transport infrastructure.

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Dietary guidelines

  • Preview NHMRC Dietary Guidelines through an Environmental Lens: Submission (PDF 114.1 kb)
    Submitted to National Health and Medical Research Council on 2 November, 2012

    The NFF's 2 November 2012 submission to the NHMRC Dietary Guidelines through an Environmental Lens inquiry makes several specific suggestions to improve the function of the guidelines and generally commented that a good portion of the document be re-written, with the assistance of agricultural sustainability experts (scientists, government and industry) to reflect the comments in this submission.

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National Electricity Market

  • Preview Independent Review into the Security of the National Electricity Market (PDF 543.2 kb)
    Submitted to Independent Review into the Security of the National Electricity Market on 6 March, 2017

    The National Electricity Market is not working for Australian farmers and needs serious reform. The NFF recognises that Australia’s generation mix needs to change as existing infrastructure assets reach the end of their useful lives and to meet emissions reduction targets. The entire Australian community relies on secure, affordable access to electricity and other forms
    of energy, and the Australian agriculture sector is no different. The current regulatory regime is
    not serving the interests of users and this is particularly the case for Australian farmers. The regulatory regime needs to be updated to maintain ongoing relevance of the National Electricity
    Market (NEM) to consumers and to meet future challenges.

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