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Submission to Draft Report of the Independent Review of the Agvet Chemicals Regulatory System


The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomed the opportunity to provide comment on the Draft Report of the Independent Review of the Agvet Chemicals Framework (Draft Report). The NFF strongly supports the independence and scientific rigour of our national regulator for agvet chemicals, the APVMA, and this must be maintained. However, we recognise considerable opportunity for […]

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8 months ago


NSW Inquiry into the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Restrictions on Stock Animal Procedures) Bill 2019


The NFF believe the bill does not recognise the established standards and guidelines process, and proposes to ban mulesing in NSW by 1 January 2022, and to mandate the use of pain relief for a range of livestock husbandry procedures. The NFF does not support these provisions, for the reasons outlined below. Download PDF File

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27 August 2020


Draft Pest Risk Analysis for Cut Flower and Foliage Imports – Part 2


While the NFF is a strong advocate for agricultural trade between countries, this trade must be managed so as not to put at risk our favourable pest and disease status, which is vital for farming, for the wider community and the environment. The NFF and its member organisations are concerned that the biosecurity risk associated […]

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25 August 2020


Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Draft Regulations 2019


The NFF supports a nationally consistent approach to animal welfare regulation, underpinned by the animal welfare standards and guidelines process. Language in the draft regulations should be amended to be consistent with the livestock welfare standards and guidelines and Australian Animal Standards for Sheep.

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26 October 2019


Inquiry into the use of battery cages for hens in the egg production industry


The Australian egg industry adheres to strong animal welfare guidelines that ensure the best animal welfare outcomes are upheld in all egg production systems, including caged, barn laid and free range. The NFF supports the continuation of all egg production systems currently operating in NSW and recommend the NSW Government does so as well.

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25 July 2019


Proposed conditions for live sheep exports to the Middle East during September and October 2019


The NFF supports the continuation of a sustainable live sheep export industry that is accountable and delivers positive animal welfare outcomes. The live sheep export trade is critical to many Australian farmers and regional communities and makes a significant contribution to the broader Australian economy. Australia is a leader in the global live export industry […]

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22 July 2019


Draft Pest Risk Analysis for Cut Flower and Foliage Imports – Part 1


The NFF reviewed the draft Pest Risk Analysis prepared by the department, and recorded significant concerns about the biosecurity risk posed by the current import arrangements for cut flowers and foliage. We are particularly concerned about the lack of information provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of new import conditions and to demonstrate how non-compliance is […]

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15 March 2019


Live Sheep Export Heat Stress Risk Assessment (HSRA)


The NFF supports the continuation of a sustainable live sheep export industry that is accountable and delivers positive animal welfare outcomes. The live sheep export trade is critical to many Australian farmers and regional communities, and makes a significant contribution to the broader Australian economy (more than $250 million in 2016-17). Australia is a leader […]

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1 March 2019


Review of Regulatory Capability and Culture in the Regulation of Live Animal Exports


The NFF and its members remain committed to the future of Australia’s live export trade that meets the world class animal welfare standards set by our livestock producers and all reasonable Australians. It is clear that objective measurements such as mortality do not provide a full picture of the success of a voyage and we […]

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26 June 2018


Biosecurity Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2017


The NFF is strongly supportive of the amendments proposed by the Biosecurity Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Act 2017 and believe that these amendments will go some way towards a more robust, flexible and modern ‘package’ designed to service Government and industry needs well into the future. NFF seeks Federal Government commitment to maintain, as one of […]

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30 January 2018


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