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Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

To ensure Australian agriculture can reap the benefits of TPP-11 that will increase global market opportunities for Australian produce, it is vital that the measures outlined in the agreement are implemented as soon as possible. The NFF, as the peak industry body representing Australian farmers and agribusiness, seeks the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties to […]


20 April 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 […]


30 January 2018

Regulatory impact assessment of fees for paper bills

The NFF recognises that digital billing is often offered to consumers as a cost effective alternative to paper billing. There are however a number of Australians that do not have reliable access to the internet and have no alternative to paper billing. The NFF agrees that Option 3, prohibiting essential service providers from charging paper […]


22 December 2017

Export Control Bill 2017

The National Farmers’ Federation welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Exposure Draft Export Control Bill 2017. The NFF supports the draft Bill and its aim to streamline and strengthen current export legislation.


24 October 2017

Inquiry into Australia’s trade and investment relationship with the UK

The NFF is of the view that a successful bilateral agreement with the UK could provide a significant increase in export value to Australian farmers. Australia is a competitive agricultural exporter, with around two thirds of total production exported. Given Australia’s food and fibre industry’s heavy reliance on international trade, it is critically important that […]


10 July 2017

NEBRA Five Year Review Discussion Paper

The NFF advocates for a strong, robust and science-based approach to biosecurity and welcomes a review of NEBRA with the goal to strengthen emergency response to environmental biosecurity breaches. The NFF is concerned that the NEBRA review considers encouragement of “industry and private beneficiaries in cost sharing arrangements ” for environmental biosecurity measures that have, […]


17 March 2017

Accessing Premium Markets: Australian Organics

The NFF firmly advocates that farmers should retain the opportunity to adopt the method of production best suited to their business needs, be that conventional, organic, GM or any combination of these methods. The NFF recommends to revise the current National Standards in organic farming and to replace zero tolerance of genetically-modified organism (GMO) presence […]


28 February 2017

Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity Review Draft Report

Biosecurity and quarantine have become topics of increasing public awareness and discussion, particularly as heightened importance, both at home and in our global markets is placed on food safety and traceability. The NFF is generally very supportive of IGAB’s recommendations but would like to caution that implementation of agreed recommendations will require resources, prioritisation and […]


27 February 2017

Australia’s trading relationship with Indonesia

Indonesia is Australia’s fifth largest export market for the trade of agricultural goods with wheat, live animals and sugar being major Australian exports. The current negotiations of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA CEPA) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) present substantial opportunities to deepen and strengthen Australia’s trading relationship with Indonesia. The […]


14 February 2017

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2016

The NFF is of the view that a fair market place for farmers requires competition both in upstream and downstream markets. Having a competition regulator empowered with a strong misuse of market power provision (and sufficient resources to enforce it) is key to improving competitiveness and driving innovation and productivity in the agricultural sector. The […]


23 December 2016

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