The Federal Government Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment has provided $4m in funding to the National Farmers’ Federation to develop and trial the Scheme. Funding has been made available through the $34m Agriculture Stewardship Package.
The package recognises that farmers, as stewards of the environment and as land managers are providing benefits to the wider community. Many small and medium sized farmers would like to do more, and the Australian Government is taking the lead to support further stewardship activities by farmers.
With a wide range of industries, issues and differing priorities, a consultative approach is being adopted in all phases. If you or your organisation wish to be involved in consultation, please contact the project manager by email email@example.com
The project will run from December 2019 until mid 2022 and will be delivered in 3 Phases:
The Australia Farm Institute has been contracted to deliver the Phase 1 report. More information on the AFI consultation process is available here.
The overall objectives identified for the Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Trial include:
Registration is now open for Industry and Stakeholder forums. After the initial desk review of international and domestic options, the resulting catalogue of schemes will be presented to stakeholders for feedback via open group to assist in determining desirable and non-desirable elements of relevant schemes in relation to their applicability to Australian agriculture.
10 forums and 2 online webinars will be held. Registration is free however RSVP is required.
Forums will run from 9am – 1pm local time:
Webinars will run from 2pm-4pm AEST:
**Please note that both webinars full.
Additional webinars will be scheduled to substitute for COVID-19 disruptions.
The project will consult with an agricultural industry Stakeholder Reference Group, which comprises of representatives from the following organisations: