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- Policy Subcategory: Research and development
Farm business and productivity
- Preview Response to Review of RPAS operations Discussion Paper (PDF 80.5 kb)
Submitted to Civil Aviation Safety Authority on 22 September, 2017
The NFF strongly supports a system for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) - commonly referred to as drones that allows farmers to increase productivity and efficiencies on farm while maximising safety. The NFF welcomes a regulatory system of RPAS that encourages the uptake of drones in everyday farming while, at the same time, ensuring that all staff working on farm are safe, including those using light aircraft for mustering, spraying, or other purposes.
- Preview Australian Government 2030 Strategic Plan Issues Paper (PDF 856.5 kb)
Submitted to Australian Government on 1 June, 2017
This submission addresses crucial steps in bringing farmers closer to the innovation frontier. Our vision for Australian agriculture and forestry is to become a $100 billion industry by 2030. The sector is a source of strength in the Australian economy, positioned to capitalise on growing global demand for safe, high quality food and fibre over coming decades.
To achieve our vision, the sector needs regulatory and public policy settings that foster growth and productivity; innovation and ambition. Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) in agriculture are the foundation of the industry’s international competitiveness.
- Preview Regulatory requirements that impact on the safe use of RPAS, UAS and associated systems: Submission (PDF 316.0 kb)
Submitted to Senate Standing Committee, Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 19 December, 2016
The submission outlines how drones can help increase the productivity on farm, but it also addresses concerns about safety, privacy and public liability. The regulatory system around drones should encourage uptake of drones on farm while, at the same time, preventing trespassing by unwanted drones.
- Preview Vision for a Science Nation - Responding to STEM: Australia's Future (PDF 738.9 kb)
Submitted to Department of Industry and Science on 31 July, 2015
NFF July 2015 Submission to the Australian Government titled 'Capturing Value from Science in Agriculture'.
- Preview Agricultural R&D Levy Inquiry: Submission (PDF 341.3 kb)
Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 31 December, 2014
The NFF 2014 Submission to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee inquiry into the industry structures and systems governing the imposition of and disbursement of marketing and research and development (RD& levies in the agricultural sector.
- Preview CRC Program Review: Submission (PDF 38.1 kb)
Submitted to Department of Industry on 12 November, 2014
The NFF's 12 November 2014 Submission to the Department of Industry outlines the NFF's support for the Cooperative Research Centres and continued government investment into this important program.
- Preview Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment Bill 2014: Submission (PDF 250.4 kb)
Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 22 October, 2014
The NFF's 22 October 2014 Submission suggests numerous recommendations for the Committee - highlighting that if there is to be legislative change, it must include requirements for consultation, reporting, value assessment and a sunset clause.
- Preview National Agricultural Statistics Review: Submission (PDF 41.4 kb)
Submitted to Australian Bureau of Statistics on 20 May, 2014
The NFF's 20 May 2014 submission supports a review to identify opportunities to improve current Agricultural Statistical information systems in Australia, and outlines several concerns with the existing system. The NFF supports the findings presented by the Australian Farm Institute in their recent report Is counting farmers harder than counting sheep? A comparison of agricultural statistical systems in Australia, United States and France.
- Preview Review of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research: Submission (PDF 248.7 kb)
Submitted to Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research on 30 November, 2012
The NFF’s 30 November 2012 submission to the Review of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), outlines the need for ACIAR’s work in international agricultural research & development (R&D) to effectively link into Australia’s domestic R&D system, in order to provide dual benefits for both developing nations and Australia’s primary producers.
- Preview Draft National Strategic Rural Research and Development Investment Plan: Submission (PDF 307.7 kb)
Submitted to Rural Research & Development Council on 10 February, 2011
The NFF's 10 February 2011 submission on the Draft National Strategic Rural Research and Development Investment Plan reiterates the NFF's call for the Australian Government to reverse the decline in agricultural research and development funding and supports the Councils’ recommendation for a Government boost to investment.
- Preview Research and Development Corporations Model: Submission (PDF 2.0 Mb)
Submitted to Productivity Commission on 25 June, 2010
The NFF’s 25 June 2010 submission to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into the Australian Government's Research and Development Corporations Model identifies a series of key issues relating to research and development for the agricultural industries and the role of the Rural Research and Development Corporations.
- Preview Australia’s Rural Research and Development System: Submission (PDF 1.1 Mb)
Submitted to Rural Research & Development Council on 17 February, 2010
The NFF’s 17 February 2010 submission to the Minister’s Rural Research & Development (R&D) Council highlights the strengths of Australia’s rural R&D System, but also the need for a whole-of-government approach when responding to the R&D challenges faced by the sector.
- Preview Innovation Review: Submission (PDF 337.8 kb)
Submitted to Australian Government on 31 July, 2008
The NFF's 31 July 2008 submission to the Australian Government's Innovation Review notes that agriculture boasts one of the highest productivity rates of any industry in Australia through a strong commitment to research and development, which must continue in order to compete in the global marketplace.
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