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Submission on Ruralco Holdings Limited (Ruralco) proposed acquisition by Nutrien Ltd (Landmark)

Any situation in which a single firm dominates the market for a particular agricultural input is likely to give that firm excessive price-setting power. If farmers and agribusinesses have limited or reduced access to alternative sources of inputs, it increases the ability of the dominant firm(s) to raise prices in the knowledge that their customers […]


18 April 2019

Submission to the Government of New Zealand Regarding the Expansion of the Protection of Geographical Indications under the EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement

This submission addresses four areas of concern regarding the proposal to extend New Zealand’s system for protecting GIs and on which our objections to the extension of GI protection are based. These are: 1) The close economic and trade ties that bind Australia and New Zealand that make any changes to New Zealand’s system for […]


19 March 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 […]


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 […]


1 March 2019

Review of Unfair Contract Term Protections for Small Business

The NFF considers protections for small businesses against unfair contract terms in standard form contracts crucial to addressing the structural inequalities between small farm businesses and larger businesses that generally possess the resources and market power to secure contracts that reflect their preferences. To this end, the NFF recommends that breaches of section 23 of […]


21 December 2018

Potential ACCC “class exemption” for collective bargaining

While the NFF considers markets to be the primary arbiter of agricultural supply and demand, government regulation is needed to enable competition in parts of the agricultural supply chain where competition did not previously exist. Consequently, the NFF considers a “class exemption” for collective bargaining a potential way to address the structural inequalities in bargaining […]


28 September 2018

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 […]


26 June 2018

Senate Committee inquiry into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

The revived TPP-11 agreement spells important progress for Australian farmers, and the NFF welcomes significant reductions and elimination of tariffs on a range of agricultural products including red meat, cereals, dairy and wine. This means Australian food and fibre products are more competitive in the global market.


31 May 2018

Framework Agreement between Australia, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part

The NFF supports the EU Framework Agreement and urges the Australian Government to use it as a stepping stone for a comprehensive and high-quality trade agreement with the EU that substantially improves market access for all of Australia’s important agricultural commodities, including red meat (beef, sheepmeat and goatmeat), dairy, horticulture, grains, sugar, cotton, rice and […]


27 April 2018

Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the Republic of Peru

The Peru FTA offers key market access opportunities for Australia’s agriculture exports by creating additional demand for Australian farm exports in Peru, a fast-growing market with a sizeable population of 31.5 million. The NFF, as the peak industry body representing Australian farmers and agribusiness, seeks the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties to endorse without delay […]


20 April 2018

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