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  • Preview Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Fair and Balanced) Bill 2017 and Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Measures) Bill 2017 (PDF 283.2 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on 18 January, 2018

    Keeping rural, regional and remote Australians connected carries significant community benefit. Overall the NFF considers the ABC plays a positive role for regional Australians and the agricultural sector. NFF has since made a number of representations seeking to ensure there were no further cutbacks to regional services and that they remained a priority. Amending the ABC’s charter for delivery of services to ensure programs contribute to a sense of regional and national identity, as well as including geographic diversity are important steps to ensuring regional services are prioritised. NFF welcomes the regional measures contained in this bill as a means to refocusing and increasing emphasis towards regional services within ABC and is supportive of this bill.

  • Australia’s digital future (PDF 10.6 Mb)
    Submitted to Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on 6 December, 2017

    Access to improved telecommunications in regional, rural and remote Australia is imperative to facilitate economic growth across agriculture through innovation in production, improved market access and enhanced consumer connectivity. The regional/urban interface is critical with regard to transport logistics and trade – how goods are ordered and marketed, and flow in and out of cities. Digital technology (or lack of) is disrupting the agribusiness supply chain, while the digital economy can remove redundant intermediaries and create a host of opportunities to engage more directly with domestic and global customers.

  • Preview Audit of Telecommunications Infrastructure Assets – Record Keeping Rules (PDF 45.7 kb)
    Submitted to ACCC on 17 November, 2017

    Connectivity is at the heart of productivity growth for farm businesses and regional communities, and there is enormous latent demand for data in rural and regional Australia, including on farms. The NFF supports strengthening Infrastructure record keeping rules to increase accountability and information sharing around forward investment commitments. We also encourage widespread accountability and recommend that all telecommunications infrastructure providers including utility providers should be subject to the Infrastructure record keeping rules.

  • 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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