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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
In June, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) launched a survey for farmers to have their say in the design of the Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Trial. This survey has now closed.
The webinar below was recorded on 4 May 2020 as part of the Australian Farm Institute project investigating critical success factors for an Australian Farm Biodiversity Scheme. The presentations feature AFI Executive Director Richard Heath and NFF General Manager, Natural Resource Management Warwick Ragg. A final 1-hour webinar for this project will be held on Tuesday May 19th (register via link above).
The project will consult with an agricultural industry Stakeholder Reference Group, which comprises of representatives from the following organisations: