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  • Policy Subcategory: Water and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

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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 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 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 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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