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NFF submission to RRAT Inquiry into Biosecurity Levy legislation

The NFF unequivocally opposes the introduction of the government’s Biosecurity Protection Levy (BPL, Levy). While the NFF has long called for Australia’s biosecurity system to be adequately and sustainably resourced, we cannot support the BPL due to serious, principle-based concerns with the construct of the policy. We call on Senators to oppose this legislation, so […]


1 month ago

Senate Inquiry into Red Imported Fire Ants in Australia

The NFF is extremely concerned about the ongoing spread and proliferation of RIFA and the need to urgently and adequately resource eradication activities before the invasive species becomes entrenched and endemic. Current eradication efforts are clearly under strain and lack the resources necessary to prevent additional detections and outbreaks. Read the full submission here.


4 months ago

Introduction of the Biosecurity Protection Levy: Consultation Paper

While the National Farmers’ Federation supports ongoing efforts to ensure our biosecurity system is appropriately resourced, we oppose the proposed Biosecurity Protection Levy principally due to concerns over the specific constructs of the policy. Read the full submission here.


7 months ago

Phase out of live sheep trade

The Australian agricultural industry stands united in its opposition to the policy to phase out live sheep exports by sea. The key reasons for this include: Read the full submission here.


11 months ago

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 […]


3 March 2021

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


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 […]


25 August 2020

Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ‘Geographical Indications’

The NFF is opposed to the European Union’s request for Australia to extend its protection of geographical indications beyond our existing system. DOWNLOAD PDF FILE


13 November 2019

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.


26 October 2019

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties ‘Inquiries into Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and Hong Kong-Australia Free Trade Agreement’

The NFF recommends expeditious ratification of Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the Hong Kong-Australia Free Trade Agreement, and the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement.


19 August 2019

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