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  • Policy Category: Biosecurity, health and welfare

Biosecurity, health and welfare

Biosecurity and quarantine

  • Preview NEBRA Five Year Review Discussion Paper (PDF 406.4 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 17 March, 2017

    The NFF advocates for a strong, robust and science-based approach to biosecurity and welcomes a review of NEBRA with the goal to strengthen emergency response to environmental biosecurity breaches. The NFF is concerned that the NEBRA review considers encouragement of “industry and private beneficiaries in cost sharing arrangements ” for environmental biosecurity measures that have, according to the NEBRA definition of nationally significant biosecurity incidents, predominantly public benefits. The NFF does not support the setting up of another levy on agricultural produce to fund another Research and Development Corporation for environmental biosecurity purposes.

  • Preview Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity Review Draft Report (PDF 925.1 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 27 February, 2017

    Biosecurity and quarantine have become topics of increasing public awareness and discussion, particularly as heightened importance, both at home and in our global markets is placed on food safety and traceability.

    The NFF is generally very supportive of IGAB’s recommendations but would like to caution that implementation of agreed recommendations will require resources, prioritisation and strong management. The NFF believes that the additional cost incurred through environmental biosecurity, a major focus of the Draft Report, should be borne by the community.

  • Preview Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity Review (PDF 233.2 kb)
    Submitted to Biosecurity Review Panel on 8 July, 2016

    The NFF 8 July 2016 Submission into the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity Review.

  • Preview Modernising Australia's approach to established pests and diseases of national significance (PDF 318.0 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture on 3 August, 2015

    NFF 2015 submission to the National Biosecurity Committee in response to its discussion paper entitled, Modernising Australia's approach to established pests and diseases of national significance.

  • Preview Inquiry into Environmental Biosecurity (PDF 814.4 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on 22 August, 2014

    The NFF 22 August 2014 Submission says that agriculture would benefit from a meaningful structure to create policies and actions designed to prevent the incursions of new species, and assist stamping out species considered eradicable.

    A holistic approach, as against the current 'often piecemeal' method of dealing with incursions, is strongly preferred and would complement the Animal Health Australia and Plant Health Australia systems.

  • Preview New Commonwealth Post Entry Quarantine facility: Submission (PDF 108.7 kb)
    Submitted to Parliamentary Public Works Committee on 26 March, 2013

    The NFF’s 26 March 2013 submission to the Parliamentary Public Works Committee Inquiry on the development of a new Commonwealth-owned and operated post entry quarantine facility in Melbourne seeks assurances that the move to a single site will not compromise the biosecurity protections.

  • Preview Inquiry on the Biosecurity Bills: Submission (PDF 178.7 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 21 December, 2012

    The NFF’s 20 December 2012 submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Inquiry on the Biosecurity Bills welcomes the modernisation of the century-old Quarantine Act 1908, but also notes issues which are yet to be resolved.

  • Preview Biosecurity Legislation: Submission (PDF 211.4 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 12 November, 2012

    The NFF's 5 November 2012 submission to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's consultation on new biosecurity legislation outlines a number of areas the NFF believes remain outstanding and must be addressed.

  • Preview AUSVETPLAN Foot and Mouth Disease Strategy: Submission (PDF 120.0 kb)
    Submitted to Animal Health Australia on 23 December, 2011

    The NFF's 23 December 2011 submission to the report 'A review of Australia’s preparedness for the threat of foot-and-mouth disease' (the Matthews Report) highlights a raft of positive recommendations that, if implemented, would markedly advance Australia's ability to prevent, and if necessary respond to, a food-and-mouth disease incursion.

  • Preview National Codes of Practice for the Humane Control of Invasive Animals: Submission (PDF 519.9 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 11 February, 2011

    The NFF’s 11 February 2011 submission to the National Codes of Practice for the Humane Control of Invasive Animals supports mechanisms that aim to reduce the pain and suffering in managing and eradicating invasive animals.

  • Preview Ban the Importation of Savannah Cats: Submission (PDF 36.2 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and The Arts on 17 July, 2008

    The NFF's 17 July 2008 submission to the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and The Arts seeks an import ban of Savannah Cats and other hybrid animals due to the significant risk to the environment and livestock.

  • Preview Quarantine and Biosecurity Review: Submission (PDF 67.1 kb)
    Submitted to Australian Government on 12 May, 2008

    The NFF's May 2008 submission to the Quarantine and Biosecurity Review highlights failures in proactively protecting Australia's shores from pests and diseases. It asserts that transparent, science-based quarantine and biosecurity that protects Australia's environment, biodiversity and agricultural systems is vital.

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Animal Welfare

  • Preview Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria: Draft Action Plan 2016-2021 (PDF 237.7 kb)
    Submitted to Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources on 18 October, 2016

    The NFF has lodged a submission in response to the to the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources on Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria: Draft Action Plan 2016-2021. The draft action plan can be found here: animalwelfarevic.economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/about-the-action-plan

    The Draft Action Plan outlines in its introduction that animals play many roles in our lives, including food and fibre production. However, the NFF notes that the economic function production animals play in Victoria is hardly mentioned in the document’s three key areas of action. The NFF also observes that the Draft Action Plan defines animal industries as “all industries and businesses that use animals”. The NFF questions the accuracy of this definition in light of the very different functions animals have. It is essential that animals farmed for the production of food and fibre are classed differently to animals kept for pleasure.

  • Preview Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015 (PDF 452.9 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 20 March, 2015

    The NFF has made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport, declaring its support for the Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill 2015.

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