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$6k cash incentive for Aussies to take up farm work starts Sunday

From this Sunday, Australians can access up to $6000 in cash if they head bush for farm work. The assistance is part of new government incentives for Australians to fill agriculture’s worker shortage, which also include the potential for young Australians to fast-track their access to Youth Allowance. With the peak harvest and picking season […]

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Statement on ANZ

The NFF was very pleased to have clarification from the ANZ that confirms the bank does not intend to limit finance or base its lending decisions to farmers on emissions targets, nor seek to impose penalties on farmers who don’t met bank-determined targets. Farmers manage 51% of the Australian landscape, everyday delivering biodiversity benefits on […]

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ACCC Murray-Darling Basin water markets inquiry Interim report

The submission argues for a priority to be placed on regulating the conduct of water brokers and intermediaries and improve trade processes and transparency. A key principle is that any recommendations to amend policies should reflect sound water governance principles, not just to improve the market. Several options have been proposed to address these concerns […]

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EU’s attempts to dictate Australian regulations must be resisted

The National Farmers Federation (NFF) is disappointed at recent Federal Government action which seems to worryingly signal that Australia is preparing to accept unreasonable and illegitimate demands by the European Union (EU) to impose European regulations on Australian farmers.  “Farmers are concerned by the idea of having to adopt EU regulations that dictate to what […]

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Farmers and tourism operators say bring back backpackers

Joint Media Release Farmers have teamed up with the tourism sector to call for a controlled and COVID-safe restart of the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) Program. In pre-COVID times, backpackers could make up to 80% of a farm’s seasonal workforce. The number of backpackers currently in the country is less than half the number this […]

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One month to National Agriculture Day 2020

The countdown is on to National Agriculture Day on Friday 20 November with all Australians urged to start planning their celebrations.  “COVID-19 has highlighted how lucky we are to have a strong and vibrant agriculture industry driven by our farmers,” NFF President Fiona Simson said. “Despite coming off one of the worst droughts on record, […]

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NOTICE TO GROUP MEMBERS Live Cattle Trade Ban Class Action Brett Cattle Company Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture & Anor NSD 1102 of 2014 Why is this notice important? On 2 June 2020, the Federal Court of Australia found in favour of the Lead Applicant, Brett Cattle Company Pty Limited in representative proceedings (also […]

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Government’s commitment to agriculture’s $100 billion goal must deliver

The National Farmers’ Federation says the Government’s release of a plan to guide agriculture’s growth is a major boost for the industry’s goal to tally $100 billion by 2030.  “It is very pleasing that this week the Government has reiterated its commitment to alongstanding ask from the farm sector to deliver a plan that maps the Government’s role in ensuring […]

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Budget backs farmers and the bush to get Australia growing

Tonight’s Federal Budget recognises the fundamental role agriculture and the regions are poised to play in Australia’s COVID-19 recovery and affirms the Government’s support for the farm sector’s goal to achieve $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030. “In what is arguably the most important Budget of a generation, tonight Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has outlined a […]

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