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- Policy Subcategory: Farm chemicals
Farm business and productivity
- Preview Off-label Use Harmonisation Proposal (PDF 271.9 kb)
Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 8 March, 2018
Off-label use currently differs dramatically between jurisdictions, putting farmers operating in states and territories that have strict off-label use regulations at a competitive disadvantage. It is critical that any harmonisation of off-label use is comprehensive and the mechanisms to implement, manage and monitor compliance is also harmonised. The NFF agrees that off-label harmonisation would assist in compliance costs, reduce confusion and provide confidence with our international markets. We do not, however, support the proposed approach outlined in the discussion paper, particularly in relation to the proposed approaches for consistency in agricultural off-label uses.
- Preview Consultation on the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Operational Efficiency) Bill 2017 (PDF 309.9 kb)
Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 19 July, 2017
Access to state-of-the-art agvet chemicals is crucial to improving the productivity and sustainability of Australian agriculture. This requires the efficient and timely processing of agvet chemical registration applications by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). Accordingly, the farming community welcomes this consultation and is of the view that the proposed Bill would help to streamline agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines (agvet chemicals) regulation in Australia.
- Preview NFF submission to the COAG Minimum Training and Licensing Requirements Draft Proposal (PDF 272.6 kb)
Submitted to AgVet Chemicals Task Group Secretariat on 1 May, 2017
The NFF supports COAG’s efforts to ensure that the minimum training requirements for all users of RCPs and S7 agvet chemicals are nationally consistent and in line with the level of risk posed by these chemicals. To further engage with industry, the NFF would like to invite the Agvet Chemicals Task Group to have a face-to-face meeting with the NFF Agvet Chemicals Taskforce.
- Preview National phase down of mercury – Final Regulation Impact Statement (Exposure Draft) (PDF 319.9 kb)
Submitted to Department of the Environment and Energy on 17 March, 2017
The NFF is aware that Shirtan®, a fungicide containing Mercury, is currently used by cane growers to control pineapple disease in sugar cane. Shirtan® would need to either be phased out or receive an exemption notice for future use should the Australian Government ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to curb mercury usage. The NFF recommends to allow sufficient time for growers to be consulted and informed about the phase-out of Shirtan® by 2020 while permitting Australia to meet the requirements of the Minamata Convention.
- Preview COAG review of the national chemical regulation framework (PDF 330.7 kb)
Submitted to AgVet Chemicals Task Group Secreteriat Council of the Australian Governments on 16 November, 2016
The NFF's submission supports the COAG’s efforts to ensure that the administration, usage and recording of agvet chemicals are nationally consistent. However, the NFF believes that key to a successful COAG review of the national chemical regulation framework is close industry engagement and the establishment of practical working groups that involve industry representatives with expertise in agvet chemicals.
- Preview First Principles Review of Cost Recovery at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority: Submission (PDF 477.5 kb)
Submitted to Department of Agriculture on 3 November, 2014
The NFF’s 3 November 2014 submission encourages the government to work collaboratively with industry and continue any further reforms of agricultural and veterinary chemicals through a more holistic approach.
- Preview Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Amendment Bill 2013 (PDF 435.3 kb)
Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 11 April, 2014
The NFF’s 11 April 2014 submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport inquiry into Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Amendment Bill 2013 acknowledges that Australian farmers need a system of chemical registration that facilitates the introduction of new chemicals onto the Australian market in a timely and cost efficient manner.
- Preview First-principles review of cost recovery for APVMA: Submission (PDF 452.6 kb)
Submitted to Department of Agriculture on 25 February, 2014
The NFF's 2014 submission regarding the first-principles review of the cost recovery arrangements for the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
- Preview Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2012: Submission (PDF 73.3 kb)
Submitted to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 20 December, 2012
The NFF’s 20 December submission to the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 comments that the assessment and registration process of agricultural and veterinary chemicals should be efficient, transparent and effective to reduce the cost of the process, however, the NFF is still not convinced that the current reform process will achieve a more efficient or effective
regulatory system for agricultural and veterinary chemicals. This was submitted to both the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
- Preview Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendments 2012: Submission (PDF 157.5 kb)
Submitted to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 29 October, 2012
The NFF's 29 October 2012 submission to the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendments 2012, Revised Exposure Draft, highlights that in the absence of a clear analysis of the costs and benefits of the proposed measures within this ‘better regulation’ process, the NFF continues to hold concerns that the proposed changes will negatively impact on the costs of chemicals and the availability of chemicals in the Australian market.
- Preview Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2011: Submission (PDF 165.9 kb)
Submitted to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 24 February, 2012
The NFF's 24 Feb 2012 submission regarding the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 seeks to ensure that any changes to the legislation undergo a comprehensive evaluation, focusing on the impact of the changes to chemical availability and cost and the diversity of chemicals on the market.
- Preview National Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals - Regulation Impact Statement: Submission (PDF 341.2 kb)
Submitted to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 12 April, 2011
The NFF's 11 April 2011 submission recognises the range of processes exploring registration and regulation of agricultural and veterinary chemicals. A National Regulatory Framework will have substantial implications for farmers and these are outlined in the NFF's submission.
- Preview National Regulatory Framework on Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals: Submission (PDF 299.8 kb)
Submitted to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on 16 December, 2010
The NFF's 16 December 2010 submission to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry outlines the NFF's position on the National Regulatory Framework on agricultural and veterinary chemicals and its implications for farmers.
- Preview National Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals: Submission (PDF 374.2 kb)
Submitted to Product Safety and Integrity Committee on 8 February, 2010
The NFF’s 8 February 2010 submission to the Product Safety and Integrity Committee on the proposal for a single, national framework to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the regulation of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, highlights the need for greater consistency in chemical regulation and control of use.
- Preview Chemicals and Plastics Regulation Draft Report: Submission (PDF 202.5 kb)
Submitted to Productivity Commission on 18 April, 2008
The NFF's April 2008 submission offers a realistic way forward for reducing the chronic over-regulation of the chemicals and plastics sector, which has had an unjustifiable cost-impost on agriculture and undermined risk-management principles by creating confusion about compliance and jurisdictional authority.
- Preview Pricing and Supply Arrangement in the Australian and Global Chemical and Fertiliser Markets: Submission (PDF 484.7 kb)
Submitted to Senate Select Committee on Agriculture and Related Industries on 7 April, 2008
The NFF’s April 2008 submission to the Senate Select Committee on Agriculture and Related Industries notes that fertiliser and chemical prices have more than doubled over the last 12 months - eating into farmer margins and coming on top of mounting costs - forcing farmers to adjust their production systems, often at the expense of productivity.
- Preview Draft Report of Chemicals of Security Concern: Submission (PDF 147.2 kb)
Submitted to Council of Australian Government on 3 April, 2008
The NFF's 3 April 2008 submission to COAG's Draft Report of Chemicals of Security Concern recognises that two years of industry consultation by Government has developed a workable framework for managing this important security issue. The NFF welcomes a transparent and cost-effective management framework that builds in consultation with industry as a permanent feature of mitigating security risks on chemicals.
- Preview Operating Principles in Relation to Spray Drift Risk: Submission (DOC 305.0 kb)
Submitted to Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority on 28 March, 2008
The NFF's 20 March 2008 submission to the APVMA assesses the draft Operating Principles in Relation to Spray Drift Risk. As well as providing feedback and raising concerns with the Australian Government, the NFF outlines its own plan to drive improved management of spray drift through awareness-raising and a whole of industry approach.
- Preview Review of Hazardous Materials: Submission (PDF 855.2 kb)
Submitted to Council of Australian Government on 1 March, 2007
The NFF's 1 March 2007 submission advocates a mix of government and self-regualtion as the best way to sensibly manage security sensitive chemcials on-farm.
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