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Sustainability Initiatives​

Sustainability Initiatives Sustainable agricultural practices are at the heart of farming in Australia. The scale, diversity and variability of Australian agriculture demand that Australian farmers maintain the highest standards of land and animal stewardship in order to survive. The Australian agricultural industry’s approach to sustainable agricultural practices is evident across the life cycle of food […]

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Farm Chemicals

The responsible use, monitoring and storage of farm chemicals is of paramount importance to Australia’s farmers, and must be consistently applied across state borders in line with community expectations about safety and sound environmental management. The NFF represents one of the largest groups of legitimate chemical users in Australia. The NFF proposes and supports policies, […]

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New technologies and the improved use of available technologies – such a biotechnology and genetically modified (GM) crops – have assisted Australian farmers achieve efficiency and productivity gains, and have helped ensure Australian agriculture can remain competitive on international markets. The NFF recognises the potential of biotechnology (including gene technology) as a valuable tool within […]

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Research & Development

The NFF is of the view that relevant agricultural Research& Development (R&D) underpins innovation to produce better quality and more competitively priced food and fibre. The NFF fully supports the current model for rural R&D, co-funded through government contributions and agricultural industry levies. Continuous productivity improvements are required to maintain the sector’s competitiveness. Key to […]

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Workforce planning and migration issues

Overseas workers play a small but important part in the Australian agricultural industry, helping farmers fill labour shortages at peak times when local labour is difficult to access. Migration programs are designed to be secondary sources of labour, with employers looking to Australian workers first, before filling gaps with overseas workers where necessary. In 2010-11, […]

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Farm Safety

Ensuring the safety of Australian farmers and farming families is a priority for the NFF. A founding member of Farmsafe Australia and an active participant in National Farm Safety Week, the NFF shares the Farmsafe vision of: productive Australian farms free from health and safety risks. The NFF has been particularly active on the issue […]

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Industrial Relations

The NFF represents the farming sector in annual wage decisions, ongoing workplace relations reforms, workforce deregulation and flexible workplace relations, and works actively to address the chronic labour shortage in regional Australia.

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NFF Competition Policy

The NFF regards competition within the marketplace as a major driver of industry innovation, investment and international competitiveness. It is critical that competition laws are effective at maintaining and improving competition across the agricultural supply chain. Australia’s current competition policy framework does not adequately protect farmers. Farmers are subject to unfair and anti-competitive commercial practices […]

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Financial Risk Management

Ensuring access to finance to support small businesses, including farm businesses, is of vital importance to the agricultural sector and rural communities, ensuring these businesses can continue to grow their contribution to employment and the economy. At the same time, rural debt levels have increased significantly in the last decade – rising by over 85 […]

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The NFF’s National Drought Policy prioritises objectives and outcomes that enhance long-term preparedness, sustainability, resilience and risk management for farming businesses and farming communities in Australia in order to minimise the impact of drought. It recognises the essential role of farming businesses as the nation’s food and fibre producers, important export revenue earners and stewards […]

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