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- Policy Subcategory: Rural debt and access to finance
Farm business and productivity
- Preview Regional Investment Corporation – Discussion Paper on Key Loan Setting (PDF 593.2 kb)
Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 15 September, 2017
The NFF discerns that the establishment of the RIC is a significant opportunity to further the agricultural sector through the administration of farm business loans and the delivery of funding for infrastructure projects. To that end, the farming community is largely supportive of the proposed RIC. The concessional loans have the potential to lead farmers through drought preparedness and recovery, to establish innovative farm-based activities and to promote the presence and accession of young farmers in the industry.
- Preview Regional Investment Corporation Bill (2017) (PDF 292.0 kb)
Submitted to Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on 20 July, 2017
The farming community is largely supportive of the proposed Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) and looks forward to furthering the agricultural sector through the administration of farm business loans and through a new mechanism for the delivery of funding for water infrastructure projects. NFF is of the view that the RIC should be independent and not subject to undue political interference or Ministerial direction.
- Preview Inquiry into Lending to Primary Production Customers (PDF 636.3 kb)
Submitted to Senate Select Committee on 12 July, 2017
Access to credit to manage cash flow is paramount to the farm sector, given the infrequent nature of payments for crops and livestock and other primary products. Farmers need to access credit to invest in, and improve, their productivity through adoption of new technologies and production methods. The key priorities for NFF regarding lending to primary producers include:
• Availability of debt finance from Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs) and other non-ADI lenders;
• The terms of debt finance from ADIs and non-ADI lenders;
• The degree of competition in the provision of rural debt finance.
- Preview NFF submission to the APRA Discussion Paper – Agricultural lending data collection (PDF 308.5 kb)
Submitted to Australian Prudential Regulation Authority on 1 May, 2017
The NFF supports the concept put forward in the discussion paper and considers the proposed collection and collation of agricultural lending data (ALD) to be very useful for the agricultural sector.
- Preview Review of the Rural Financial Counselling Service program: Submission (PDF 304.0 kb)
Submitted to National Rural Advisory Council on 18 August, 2014
The NFF's August 2014 submission highlights the important role played by the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), yet also recognises that improvements to the program may be required in order to optimise outcomes for the farming community.
- Preview Submission to the statutory review of the Personal Property Securities Act (PDF 124.2 kb)
Submitted to Attorney-General's Department on 13 June, 2014
The NFF's 13 June 2014 submission highlights the lack of understanding within agriculture about the Personal Property Securities Register and when it should be used. Potential benefits of registration are not realised because of complex drafting and lack of clear information for the sector about what it means for farmers.
- Preview Access of Small Business to Finance: Submission (PDF 341.1 kb)
Submitted to Senate Standing Committee on Economics on 16 April, 2010
The NFF’s 16 April 2010 submission asserts the need to build competition and transparency in the banking sector, improve the understanding by the Reserve Bank of Australia of regional economic conditions, revisit tax-based investment mechanisms for regional Australia and build the education and awareness of risk management tools for farmers.
- Preview Impact of the global financial crisis on regional Australia: Submission (PDF 438.8 kb)
Submitted to House Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government on 27 March, 2009
The NFF's 27 March 2009 submission recommends action to reduce the impact of the global financial crisis on regional Australia, including increasing transparency around bank interest rates, correcting the inequities with bank deposit guarantees, investing in economic and social infrastructure, aggressively pursuing the trade reform agenda and building labour flexibility.
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