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  • Policy Subcategory: Drought reform

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Drought reform

  • Preview Submission on the Discussion Paper: Developing a Commonwealth Strategy for Drought Preparedness and Resilience (PDF 611.2 kb)
    Submitted to Joint Agency Drought Taskforce on 18 March, 2019

    We are concerned that the strategy is principally focused on Commonwealth drought policy
    rather than being a collaborative effort of all governments responsible for drought policy and
    programs. Without cross jurisdictional agreement, policies implemented at the Federal level
    can be impacted, if not undermined, by policies implemented at the state and territory level.
    NFF appreciates the difficulty of achieving cross jurisdictional agreement on any policy, let
    along one as difficult as drought policy. Nevertheless, the frequency with which Australian
    governments have found themselves addressing the same issues, the devastating impact of poor
    drought policy on farming families, and the importance of securing long-term sustainability of
    Australia’s food and fibre production are issues of such importance, we would hope a
    collaborative approach to devising a national drought strategy was warranted.
    While the NFF considers the current drought highlights the need for a comprehensive, national
    drought policy, we do appreciate the value of a drought strategy to the development of a
    comprehensive policy. For this reason, the NFF looks forward to incorporating the final
    strategy into its work to develop a comprehensive, national drought policy.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Future Drought Fund Bill 2018 and Future Drought Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2018. (PDF 356.1 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation on 10 January, 2019

    Description: The Future Drought Fund (FDF) presents a welcome and important investment in building long-term drought resilience in Australia. The FDF’s ability to achieve this outcome will rest on how FDF funds are allocated. The NFF seeks changes to the legislation to require the Agriculture Minister to establish a FDF Consultative Committee that is responsible for designing the first and subsequent Drought Resilience Funding Plans The Consultative Committee would also provide the Agriculture Minister, along with the Regional Investment Corporation, with advice on which drought resilience measures to support.

  • Preview Inquiry into the Future Drought Fund Bill 2018 and Future Drought Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2018. (PDF 356.1 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation on 10 January, 2019

    Description: The Future Drought Fund (FDF) presents a welcome and important investment in building long-term drought resilience in Australia. The FDF’s ability to achieve this outcome will rest on how FDF funds are allocated. The NFF seeks changes to the legislation to require the Agriculture Minister to establish a FDF Consultative Committee that is responsible for designing the first and subsequent Drought Resilience Funding Plans The Consultative Committee would also provide the Agriculture Minister, along with the Regional Investment Corporation, with advice on which drought resilience measures to support.

  • Preview Farm Household Allowance Review (PDF 529.9 kb)
    Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 5 December, 2018

    The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to
    the Review of the Farm Household Allowance (FHA). The Review is an important opportunity
    to collect feedback and data on the effectiveness of the FHA which has now been in place since
    July 2014. In making this submission, the NFF would highlight that the vast majority of
    Australian farmers successfully manage their farm businesses through downturns. We also
    acknowledge that the Coalition Government has taken active steps to improve the FHA and
    other farm assistance programs to help alleviate the impact of drought on farming families and
    rural communities.

  • Preview Natural Disaster Funding: Submission (PDF 491.8 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 24 October, 2014

    In this submission, the NFF states it's disappointment by the fact that the Productivity Commission chose not to include drought as part of this inquiry. The NFF encourages the Commission to consider the importance of ongoing Government commitment to a well-funded and transparent framework for natural disasters in Australia.

  • Preview Natural Disaster Funding: Submission (PDF 192.6 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 6 June, 2014

    The NFF's 6 June 2014 Submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into the efficacy of current national disaster funding arrangements urges the Productivity Commission—among other things—to consider how the Commonwealth's approach to drought policy aligns with the framework for natural disasters. The NFF encourages the Commission to consider the importance of ongoing Government commitment to a well-funded and transparent framework for natural disasters in Australia.

  • Preview NRAC Assessment of agricultural insurance products including multi-peril crop insurance and its feasibility in Australia: Submission (PDF 456.2 kb)
    Submitted to National Rural Advisory Council on 18 September, 2012

    The NFF's 18 September 2012 states that a future package of drought support measures provides certainty and equips primary producers and the farming community to manage climate-related challenges. The NFF views that it is timely to consider the inclusion of drought insurance in a future drought policy package.

  • Preview NRAC Review of the Farm Management Deposit Scheme: Submission (PDF 616.9 kb)
    Submitted to National Rural Advisory Council on 18 September, 2012

    The NFF's 5 September 2012 Submission states that an expanded farm management deposit scheme should be central to measures supported by the government to improve business risk management and recovery, as part of drought policy reform.

  • Preview Bankruptcy Amendment (Exceptional Circumstances Exit Package) Bill 2011: Submission (PDF 43.1 kb)
    Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 22 August, 2011

    The NFF’s 22 August 2011 submission to the Bankruptcy Amendment (Exceptional Circumstances Exit Package) Bill 2011 calls for a shift in the policy focus from drought relief to drought management and preparedness, ensuring farmers are supported and have the tools to manage their businesses.

  • Preview Drought Pilot Review: Submission (PDF 263.4 kb)
    Submitted to Drought Pilot Review Panel on 21 April, 2011

    The NFF's 21 April 2011 submission to the Drought Pilot Review Panel calls for a shift in the policy focus from drought relief to drought management and preparedness.

  • Preview Draft Report into Government Drought Support: Submission (PDF 719.4 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 22 January, 2009

    The NFF's 22 December 2008 response to the Productivity Commission looks to farming’s future and the importance of providing farmers with a suite of effective tools to manage risk and prepare for drought.

  • Preview Government Drought Support: Submission (PDF 869.5 kb)
    Submitted to Productivity Commission on 15 August, 2008

    The NFF’s August 2008 Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Government Drought Support calls for a new approach to agriculture policy where drought policy is one aspect within a national framework, and focuses on partnerships between government and primary producers.

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