The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. It is one of Australia’s foremost and respected advocacy organisations, regularly ranking in the top five in the nation.
Since its inception in 1979, the NFF has earned a formidable reputation as a leader in the development and achievement of policy outcomes – championing issues affecting farmers and helping to advance Australian agriculture.
Proactively representing farm interests and asserting policy positions to governments and the broader community, the NFF is a non-partisan, not for profit, member driven organisation. The NFF is proud to number WAFarmers among its 27 member organisations, ensuring that the voice of WA farmers is heard at the national level.
One of the keys to the NFF’s success has been its commitment to presenting innovative solutions to the issues affecting agriculture, striving to meet current and emerging challenges, and advancing Australia’s vital agricultural production base.
Some of the NFF’s key recent achievements include:
- Successfully calling for the prioritisation of the agriculture sector during the federal election, securing a commitment from the government to improve the competitiveness of the sector with a concerted effort to reduce red tape.
- Helping the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF) to secure $2 million to develop a range of agriculture-based online teaching resources for schools across the national curriculum. The funding will make a real difference to workforce development in the agriculture sector, by helping to improve student knowledge of where their food and fibre comes from and how integral agriculture is to everyday life.
- During the federal election campaign, NFF successfully secured the commitment of the Coalition for an additional $100 million for the 15 Rural Research and Development Corporations. The new funding is to be specifically targeted at increasing the profitability of Australian agriculture
- With other major industry organisations, the NFF long campaigned for the repeal of the Carbon Tax. NFF opposed the tax due to the unnecessary cost impost on Australian farm businesses, agricultural input suppliers and food processors. Repeal of the Carbon Tax was the first item of business for the new Coalition Government, but it took until July with the support of the new Senate cross bench for the tax to finally be repealed.
- NFF secured $300 million in government drought support for farmers in February 2014. The Government committed to delivering measures to address many issues faced by farmers in drought, including rising debt levels, capacity to make household payments, limited water for livestock, personal stress, and managing pest animals.
- Amendments to agricultural and veterinary chemical legislation have reduced red tape by removing the requirement to re-register safe and effective products used on Australian farms. Importantly, the reforms advocated for by the NFF maintain our strong farm chemical regulatory system, which is based on real science that Australians can trust. Streamlined regulation will reduce the costs for manufacturers, and savings will be passed on to farmers. Boosting farmer access to farm chemicals, the NFF was also successful in advocating for $8 million funding from the Government to improve access to minor use chemicals.
- NFF welcomed the signing of three significant Free Trade Agreements (FTA): the Korea-Australia FTA signed in April, the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement signed in July, and the China-Australia FTA signed in November 2014. While not all of Team Agriculture’s wish list was secured, the NFF will continue to pursue greater outcomes for all commodities.
For more information on these and the many other issues the NFF advocates on, on behalf of WA and all Australian farmers, please visit the NFF website www.nff.org.au, or request a copy of the NFF’s 2013-14 Annual Review by calling 02 6269 5666.