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- Preview Regulatory impact assessment of fees for paper bills (PDF 59.9 kb)
Submitted to Treasury on 22 December, 2017
The NFF recognises that digital billing is often offered to consumers as a cost effective alternative to paper billing. There are however a number of Australians that do not have reliable access to the internet and have no alternative to paper billing. The NFF agrees that Option 3, prohibiting essential service providers from charging paper billing fees, would be an effective method to achieve the Treasuries policy objective without further disadvantaging rural, regional and remote Australians.
- Preview Accessing Premium Markets: Australian Organics (PDF 211.9 kb)
Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 28 February, 2017
The NFF firmly advocates that farmers should retain the opportunity to adopt the method of production best suited to their business needs, be that conventional, organic, GM or any combination of these methods. The NFF recommends to revise the current National Standards in organic farming and to replace zero tolerance of genetically-modified organism (GMO) presence with a more workable and scientifically grounded tolerance level.
- Preview Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2016 (PDF 298.1 kb)
Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 23 December, 2016
The NFF is of the view that a fair market place for farmers requires competition both in upstream and downstream markets. Having a competition regulator empowered with a strong misuse of market power provision (and sufficient resources to enforce it) is key to improving competitiveness and driving innovation and productivity in the agricultural sector.
The NFF supports the Government’s bill to amend Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to better prevent the misuse of market power and to reliably enforce measures to improve competition.
- Preview ACCC’s Frameworks for Concerted Practices and Misuse of Market Power Guidelines (PDF 866.5 kb)
Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 21 December, 2016
The NFF has consistently advocated for amendment of section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to implement an ‘effects’ test. However, the effectiveness of the reforms will predominantly depend on how the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission plans to implement and enforce the proposed legislation and how the courts interpret and apply the law.
- Preview Cattle and Beef Market Study – Interim Report (PDF 210.0 kb)
Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 23 November, 2016
The NFF submission welcomes the ACCC’s interest in increasing competition in the Cattle and Beef Market. However, it also highlights that it is crucial to fully understand industry practices and to further consult with relevant industry bodies.
- Preview Rice Vesting Review (PDF 217.7 kb)
Submitted to the NSW Department of Primary Industries on 14 September, 2016
The NFF 2016 Submission to the NSW Department of Primary Industries in support of a continuation of the current rice vesting arrangement.
- Preview Review of Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes - Food and Grocery) Regulation 2015 (PDF 203.8 kb)
Submitted to EconomicLegislation Committee on 29 March, 2015
The submission emphasises NFF's strong supporting for a mandatory, binding Food and Grocery Code that encompasses all retailers. It acknowledges that the prescribed voluntary Code is a step in the right direction.
- Preview Submission in response to the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper (PDF 1.2 Mb)
Submitted to Prime Minister and Cabinet on 12 December, 2014
The NFF 12 December 2014 Submission in response to the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper.
- Preview Draft Report of the Competition Policy Review: Submission (PDF 659.4 kb)
Submitted to Competition Policy Review on 21 November, 2014
The NFF Submission in response to the Harper Competition Policy Review Panel Draft Report.
- Preview Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Submission (PDF 328.3 kb)
Submitted to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on 8 August, 2014
The NFF 8 August 2014 Submission responds to the Developing Northern Australia Green Paper: setting out the opportunities, barriers and potential policy directions necessary to achieve a long-term vision for Northern Australia.
- Australian Government Competition Policy Review (PDF 4.7 Mb)
Submitted to The Treasury on 10 June, 2014
Appendix to NFF Competition Policy Review attached.
- Preview The Australian Government Competition Policy Review (PDF 703.5 kb)
Submitted to The Treasury on 10 June, 2014
The NFF's 10 June Submission to the Australian Government's "root and branch" review of Australia's competition policy welcomes the government's commitment to undertake the review, and recognises it as a timely opportunity for the agricultural sector to outline areas and issues that require change.
- Preview Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper - Issues Paper: Submission (PDF 509.7 kb)
Submitted to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on 17 April, 2014
The NFF’s 17 April submission to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper - Issues Paper, has been made in order to assist the White Paper process to identify pathways and approaches for growing Australian farm profitability and boost agriculture's contribution to economic growth, trade, innovation and productivity.
- Preview Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013: Submission (PDF 490.0 kb)
Submitted to Senate Economics Committee on 24 February, 2014
The NFF's submission to the Senate Economics Committee inquiry into the Reserve Bank Amendment (Australian Reconstruction and Development Board) Bill 2013.
- Preview National Commission of Audit: Submission (PDF 399.7 kb)
Submitted to National Commission of Audit on 29 November, 2013
The NFF's 2013 submission to the National Commission of Audit outlines the farm sectors view on government roles and responsibilities, and the need for measures that improve overall efficiency and effectiveness of government services and policy delivery.
- Preview Retail Pricing Bill (Farm Gate to Plate): Submission (PDF 86.6 kb)
Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 6 November, 2011
The NFF’s 6 November 2011 submission regarding the Constitutional Corporations (Farm Gate To Plate) Bill, highlights that although NFF is supportive of a transparent value chain and obtaining appropriate prices for primary producers, it does not believe that the Bill will improve farm gate prices - instead creating a confusing layer of information for consumers.
- Preview Competitiveness of Retail Prices for Standard Groceries: Submission (PDF 508.1 kb)
Submitted to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on 17 March, 2008
The NFF's 17 March 2008 submission to the ACCC's Inquiry into the Competitiveness of Retail Prices for Groceries emphasises the need for transparency throughout the food supply chain.
- Preview Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2007, and Trade Practices Amendment (Predatory Pricing) Bill 2007: Submission (PDF 205.2 kb)
Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 10 July, 2007
NFF's 10 July 2007 submission demonstrates farmers' support for the Australian Government's Trade Practices Act amendments to Section 46 (Misuse of Market Power) and Section 51AC (Unconscionable Conduct).
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