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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    NFF 21 August 2015 Submission on Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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