The Australian Farm Data Code aims to promote adoption of digital technology, by ensuring that farmers have comfort in how their data is used, managed, and shared.
The Australian Farm Data Code (the Code) was developed and adopted by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) in consultation with industry, and with support from the Australian Government.
The Code is intended to inform the data management policies of product and service providers who manage data on behalf of farmers. It is also a yardstick by which farmers can evaluate the data terms and policies of those providers.
Benefits to farmers include:
Benefits for service providers include:
The Code is a voluntary code of conduct, and all product and service providers who manage farm data on behalf of farmers, either directly or further down the supply chain, are encouraged to comply with the Code’s principles.
Providers who have a direct contractual relationship with farmers and manage farm data, are eligible for an independent assessment by the NFF of their data terms and policies against the Code. Providers who fully comply with the Code are eligible to be certified by the NFF.
Read more about Assessment and Certification against the Code here.
In future, certification will be opened up to any entity that is managing farm data.
Governance of the Code
The Farm Data Code was funded by the Australian Government, and developed by the National Farmers’ Federation Farm Data Working Group – bringing together farmers, researchers, industry experts and technology providers.
Members of the Farm Data Working Group (active Dec 2021 – Feb 2023):
During the development of the Code, the Farm Data Working Group was the first point of consultation, followed by community consultation with farmers and industry.
Following its initial release, the Code is now subject to regular reviews to adapt it to industry changes.
For ongoing reviews of the Code, the NFF will consult with the wider farmer and industry community, which will include NFF members, agronomists, industry experts, technology providers, research institutions, and government.
The NFF welcomes feedback on the Code at any time. Simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your say.
Australian Farm Data Code Edition 1 Published Feb 2020