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 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, Andrea Koch Agtech (Chair)
  • Phil Lavers, NSW Farmers
  • Chris Sounness, Wimmera Development Association
  • Emma Weston, AgriDigital
  • Warren Jennings, Telstra
  • Jay Sanderson, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Leanne Wiseman, Griffith University
  • Leighton Wilksch, AgByte
  • Mark Pawsey, Proagrica
  • Nick Bryant, Farmers Edge
  • Richard Heath, Australian Farm Institute
  • Tony Murray, Council or Rural Research and Development Corporations
  • Ben van Delden, KPMG


Next steps

Following its initial release, the code will be subject to two 6-monthly reviews, before continuing in a biennial review cycle.

The Working Group is now exploring certification or accreditation 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.