National Farmers' Federation

Australian Farm Data Code

The Australian Farm Data Code aims to promote adoption of digital technology, by ensuring that farmers have comfort in how their data is used, shared and managed.

The Australian Farm Data Code (the Code) was developed and adopted by the National Farmers’ Federation in consultation with industry.

The Code is intended to inform the data management policies of service providers who manage data on behalf of farmers. It is also a yardstick by which farmers can evaluate the policies of those providers.

Benefits to farmers include:

  • increased awareness and understanding of the ways in which providers are collecting, using and sharing their farm data;
  • a framework to compare providers and inform negotiations about data policies; and,
  • improvements to industry-wide data practices over time.

Benefits for service providers include:

  • clear and agreed guidance on data policies; and,
  • a helpful framework to inform discussions with farmers about data.
Click here to download the full Code


Development of the Code

The Farm Data Code was developed National Farmers’ Federation’s Farm Data Working Group – bringing together farmers, researchers and agricultural technology providers.

Members of the Farm Data Working Group include:

  • Andrea Koch, DigiSoil (Chair)
  • Adrian Roles, NSW Farmers
  • Ben Kelly, John Deere
  • Cameron Scadding, Source Certain
  • Charles Thomas, National Farmers’ Federation
  • Hamish Munro, Pairtree Intelligence
  • Irene Sobotta, MLA Integrity Systems
  • Leanne Wiseman, Griffith University
  • Leighton Wilksch, AgByte
  • Meredith Conaty, CRDC
  • Nick Bryant, Agratel
  • Oli Madgett, Platfarm
  • Peter Leonard, UNSW
  • Peter Thompson, Echo Farm
  • Phillip Guthrie, Nine Creeks Consulting
  • Richard Heath, Australian Farm Institute
  • Robert Bramley, CSIRO
  • Robert Davies, Telstra

Next steps

Following its initial release, the Code will be subject to regular reviews, in order to adapt to industry changes.

The Working Group is now exploring certification models to improve the Code’s uptake and impact.

The NFF welcomes feedback on the Code at any time. Simply contact us to have your say.