Tag: Government

Govt urged to ‘urgently expand’ biosecurity dog numbers

The Department of Agriculture has been urged to urgently expand the number of biosecurity detector dogs being used at incoming passenger and mail centres. Source: Beef Central Govt urged to ‘urgently expand’ biosecurity dog numbers

Agriculture Victoria support continuing, but bounty centres closing

VICTORIAN farms and agribusinesses continuing to keep Victorian supermarkets stocked and food on the nation’s tables during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with have the help of Agriculture Victoria. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture Victoria support continuing, but bounty centres closing

FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

The Federal Government last night announced deeper levels of scrutiny of foreign investments in Australia, in the wake of any economic impact brought on by COVID-19. It stressed, however, that the move was not a ‘foreign investment freeze.’ Source: Beef Central FIRB extends overseas buyer scrutiny, in the wake of COVID-19

Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

SunRice has commenced discussions with the Commonwealth Government for an allocation of water to rice growers ahead of the 2020 planting to ensure the continued supply of rice for domestic consumption. Source: Grain Central Rice industry seeks water allocation to counter drought, COVID-19 impacts

NSW sets up COVID-19 team to assist primary industries

The NSW DPI has activated a new specialist Primary Industries Liaison Team and launched an online resource to help the primary industries sector navigate the challenges and impacts of COVID-19. Source: Grain Central NSW sets up COVID-19 team to assist primary industries

Governments reserve recognition of agriculture as an essential service

AUSTRALIAN farmer bodies federally and at the state level seem yet to have formal recognition for agriculture and agribusinesses as essential services as the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis deepens. Source: Sheep Central Governments reserve recognition of agriculture as an essential service

Cattle trucks to roll on despite State lockdowns

Cattle movements across state borders and through export ports should continue to flow smoothly despite new transport restrictions designed to stem the spread of COVID-19. Source: Beef Central Cattle trucks to roll on despite State lockdowns

Live exporters write to Minister over coronavirus issues

Livestock export industry leaders say they are working with ports and federal and State Governments to find ways to ensure the trade can continue to operate through the new restrictions introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus. Source: Beef Central Live exporters write to Minister over coronavirus issues

Heavy vehicle regulator launches review into livestock transport safety

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator says livestock transport represents only four percent of the national freight task but accounts for more than 10 per cent of accidents, including a significant number of rollovers. Source: Beef Central Heavy vehicle regulator launches review into livestock transport safety

Meat processors, retailers support Govt’s coronavirus stimulus package

Meat processors and retailers have welcomed the Federal Government’s coronavirus stimulus package announced yesterday, emphasising the impact that it will have on the already struggling post farm-gate meat industry. Source: Beef Central Meat processors, retailers support Govt’s coronavirus stimulus package

Targeted bushfire recovery support for Vic red meat producers

Victorian red meat producers affected by recent bushfires can now access free one-on-one support from a local farm management consultant through a partnership between the Victorian Government and Meat & Livestock Australia. Source: Beef Central Targeted bushfire recovery support for Vic red meat producers

Qld Govt commits $1m to Beef Australia 2021 event

The Queensland Government has announced a $1 million funding package  backing one of the world’s great beef cattle events, Beef Australia 2021, to be held in Australia’s beef capital Rockhampton in May next year. Source: Beef Central Qld Govt commits m to Beef Australia 2021 event

Govt rejects PC call to axe regional tax concessions

The Productivity Commission has recommended abolishing three longstanding tax concessions and payments for remote areas, but the Morrison Government has moved quickly to reject the proposal. Source: Beef Central Govt rejects PC call to axe regional tax concessions

Energy policy shake-up flagged as Government looks to dump solar, wind investment

New technologies will be prioritised in a bid to reduce Australia’s greenhouse emissions, the Energy Minister says, but environmentalists say the move is simply delaying real action. Source: ABC Livestock Energy policy shake-up flagged as Government looks to dump solar, wind investment

Recruitment & HR: Labor appointees dominate Fair Work Commission ranks

Coalition Government appointees to the Fair Work Commission have been overwhelmingly frozen out of significant Full Bench determinations over the past three years, according to new analysis. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment & HR: Labor appointees dominate Fair Work Commission ranks

Indonesia-Australia free trade deal passes final hurdle

After years of negotiation, the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) has passed its final hurdle, after the agreement was ratified by the Indonesian Parliament last Thursday. Source: Beef Central Indonesia-Australia free trade deal passes final hurdle

Littleproud returns to agriculture ministry, as McKenzie falls to sports grants pressure

Newly-elected Nationals deputy leader David Littleproud has returned to the federal agriculture portfolio, as prime minister Scott Morrison announced a reshuffled ministry this morning following the departure of two senior frontbenchers this week. Source: Beef Central Littleproud returns to agriculture ministry, as McKenzie falls to sports grants pressure

EU Parliament considers meat tax proposal

THE European Parliament will tonight (Australian time) debate the case for introducing a “sustainability charge” on meat, proposed by the Tapp Coalition of health, environment and animal welfare organisations. Source: Beef Central EU Parliament considers meat tax proposal

Australia’s ambitious goals in EU and UK trade negotiations

With the next round of trade negotiations with the European Union set to kick off in Canberra next week, the Australian red meat industry is maintaining high ambitions for trade reform in both the EU, and the soon-to-be separated United Kingdom. Source: Beef Central Australia’s ambitious goals in EU and UK trade negotiations

'We're totally opposed': Call for protection of mighty Fitzroy River, after Murray-Darling woes

Thirteen months out from the next WA election, there’s pressure on the Government to deliver on a water plan for the Fitzroy River — a 2017 election promise to stimulate economic development in the Kimberley region. Source: ABC Livestock ‘We’re totally opposed’: Call for protection of mighty Fitzroy River, after Murray-Darling woes

China: Fallout continues for beef, in wake of coronavirus outbreak

The Chinese government has offered financial protection for food importers and other Chinese businesses in the latest fallout from the country’s coronavirus disease outbreak. Source: Beef Central China: Fallout continues for beef, in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Farming and construction cited at WorkSafe ad blitz launch

VICTORIA’S Labor Government has highlighted the farming and construction sectors as it portends increased inspections to enforce new laws that can jail employers responsible for a workplace death for up to 20 years. Source: Sheep Central Farming and construction cited at WorkSafe ad blitz launch

Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

ARTC’s route and engineering proposals for Inland Rail as it crosses the Condamine and Macintyre floodplains pose unacceptable risks, a Federal Government committee hearing on Wednesday in Millmerran was told. Source: Beef Central Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

ARTC’s route and engineering proposals for Inland Rail as it crosses the Condamine and Macintyre floodplains pose unacceptable risks, a Federal Government committee hearing on Wednesday in Millmerran was told. Source: Grain Central Senators told floodplain warnings not heeded on Inland Rail

Losing McKenzie would be blow for red meat reform

Australia’s red meat industry reform process would suffer a serious setback if under pressure Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie is forced to leave the porfolio, industry representatives fear. Source: Beef Central Losing McKenzie would be blow for red meat reform

Vic Govt funds fencing upgrades following fires

The Victorian Government has today announced assistance for landholders in bushfire-affected communities to repair damaged or destroyed fences between private land and National Parks, State Parks and State forests. The… Source: Beef Central Vic Govt funds fencing upgrades following fires

$4m grant round to enhance food chain traceability

The Federal Department of Agriculture is inviting applications for grants worth $4 million to fund projects to enhance traceability in the food supply chain. Source: Grain Central m grant round to enhance food chain traceability

Tag exemption, transport and welfare help for fire-affected stock

AGRICULTURE Victoria has introduced a livestock tagging exemption to help bushfire-affected Victorian producers who move their sheep, goats or cattle for sale, agistment or slaughter. Source: Sheep Central Tag exemption, transport and welfare help for fire-affected stock

$74 million loan locks in first sulphate of potash mine

Australia’s first sulphate of potash operation has secured its financial arrangements with a $74 million Federal Government loan which will see the project ready for commercial production next year. Source: Grain Central million loan locks in first sulphate of potash mine

Local milk company denied major government contract despite promise to 'Buy Queensland'

The Queensland Government is accused of “complete hypocrisy” for choosing two multi-national dairy processors over the family-owned Maleny Dairies to supply fresh milk and dairy products to some of the state’s major hospitals. Source: ABC Livestock Local milk company denied major government contract despite promise to ‘Buy Queensland’

Victoria rolls out first $75,000 bushfire grants

BUSHFIRE Recovery Grants of up to $75,000 have been extended to farmers in 15 local council areas in Victoria following the Federal Government’s announcement earlier this week. Source: Sheep Central Victoria rolls out first ,000 bushfire grants

Time for farmers to be paid for the ecosystems services they provide

The Farmers for Climate Action group is calling for the Federal Government to support farmers to become a greater part of multifaceted climate solutions in 2020, including payments for the ecosystem services they can and do provide. Source: Beef Central Time for farmers to be paid for the ecosystems services they provide

More Rural Financial Counsellors to support bushfire recovery 

The Australian Government has an additional $15 million will be spent over the next two years to create 60 more rural financial counsellors and support worker positions. Source: Beef Central More Rural Financial Counsellors to support bushfire recovery 

Farmer bodies urge authorities to limit bushfire relief red tape

VICTORIAN and New South Wales farmer bodies have urged state government authorities to minimise red tape associated with $75,000 bushfire relief grants and other assistance announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday. Source: Sheep Central Farmer bodies urge authorities to limit bushfire relief red tape

$75,000 recovery grants for fire-affected primary producers

Farming businesses in fire-affected regions will get help to rebuild through an initial $100 million in emergency bushfire funding, which will be made available following agreement with relevant state governments. Source: Beef Central ,000 recovery grants for fire-affected primary producers

Victoria announces bushfire tax relief and support

VICTORIA’S State Government has announced a $14.4 million bushfire recovery support program for fire-affected communities, including immediate tax relief for residents and businesses. Source: Sheep Central Victoria announces bushfire tax relief and support

$2 billion national bushfire recovery fund announced

The Federal Government will establish a new agency with an initial $2 billion for a national bushfire recovery fund to coordinate a national response to rebuild communities and livelihoods after the devastating fire-front has passed. Source: Beef Central billion national bushfire recovery fund announced

Drought-affected farmers urged to apply for pest and weed grants

DROUGHT-AFFECTED Australian farmers can apply to access $10 million in federal pest and weed control grants in the second round of a federal government program. Source: Sheep Central Drought-affected farmers urged to apply for pest and weed grants

Applications open for funding to combat feral animals and weeds

Applications for $10 million dollars in pest and weed funding open today, with 183 councils eligible to apply for project funding in the latest round. Source: Beef Central Applications open for funding to combat feral animals and weeds

Funding for small exporter program extended

An assistance program for small exporters, which can help farmers and small agribusinesses to tap into overseas markets, has been extended for another four years.  Source: Beef Central Funding for small exporter program extended

Farm household boost ahead of Christmas

From today, more than a thousand farming families will start receiving a lump sum entitlement to help them meet household costs, as important improvements to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) take effect. Source: Beef Central Farm household boost ahead of Christmas

$3.9m federal backing to beef up Beef 2021

The Federal Government has delivered on a budget commitment of $3.9m to support the Beef Australia 2021 expo in Rockhampton. Source: Beef Central .9m federal backing to beef up Beef 2021

Red meat processors gain voice on Federal labour advisory committee

The appointment of Gundagai Meat Processors CEO Will Barton to a new government advisory committee will ensure the voice of the supply chain is heard, according to the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC). Source: Beef Central Red meat processors gain voice on Federal labour advisory committee

Govt pushes $66m towards strengthening biosecurity defences over exotic disease

The Federal Government has committed $66.6 million to help arrest the threat posed to Australia by the global advance of African Swine Fever, with the extra funding putting more officers, detector dogs and state-of-the-art x-ray machines on the front line at airports and other access points for people and imported goods. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Kazakhstan live export order in limbo

Victorian cattle breeders could miss out on access to a live export contract for thousands of cattle to be sent to Kazakhstan because of government red tape. Source: ABC Livestock Kazakhstan live export order in limbo

Farm Household Allowance asset test simplified by government

CHANGES to the Farm Household Allowance that simplify the asset test for farming families have passed Federal Parliament. Source: Sheep Central Farm Household Allowance asset test simplified by government

Agriculture, Environment Departments to merge in Federal shake up

A major restructure of the Australian public service was today announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that will see the number of Federal Departments reduce from 18 to 14. Source: Beef Central Agriculture, Environment Departments to merge in Federal shake up

AWI reviewer to lead new Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

AUSTRALIA’S new Agriculture, Water and Environment Department will be led by Andrew Metcalfe AO – the man who lead last year’s Ernst Young review into Australian Wool Innovation’s performance and governance. Source: Sheep Central AWI reviewer to lead new Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

McCormack firm on RSPCA call to drop sheep vessel exemptions

DEPUTY Prime Minister Michael McCormack has indicated he won’t reconsider a government decision to consider exemptions for twin-tiered live sheep export vessels. Source: Sheep Central McCormack firm on RSPCA call to drop sheep vessel exemptions

Red Meat signatories meet to discuss MoU review

The Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) has released a summary of discussions held during a meeting of industry and Government signatories to the Red Meat Memorandum of Understanding in Canberra on November 27. Source: Beef Central Red Meat signatories meet to discuss MoU review

Two-tiered sheep vessel exemptions divide exporters

LIVE sheep exporters are divided over the Federal Government’s plans to grant exemptions for two-tiered vessels to operate past a January deadline. Source: Sheep Central Two-tiered sheep vessel exemptions divide exporters

Lay preg testers get green light in Queensland

Queensland has joined other mainland Australian states with government approval announced yesterday for suitably trained and certified laymen to join veterinarians in providing pregnancy testing services to the cattle and live export industry. Source: Beef Central Lay preg testers get green light in Queensland

Biosecurity measures allow interstate lupins to move into NSW

BIOSECURITY protocols and processes allowing interstate lupins to move into and through drought-affected New South Wales have been finalised by industry and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Source: Sheep Central Biosecurity measures allow interstate lupins to move into NSW

NSW clears lupins to feed livestock

New biosecurity permits have opened lupin supply lines to feed livestock in drought-affected New South Wales. Source: Grain Central NSW clears lupins to feed livestock

ALRTA urges ministers to reject 11.8pc charge hike

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has called on Australian Transport Ministers to reject a proposal to increase heavy vehicle charges by 11.8pc. Source: Beef Central ALRTA urges ministers to reject 11.8pc charge hike

NSW Farmers welcomes bushfire recovery grants

NSW Farmers will ask the Federal Government for further assistance despite welcoming joint federal and state government bush fire recovery grants of up to $15,000 for farmers and small businesses. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers welcomes bushfire recovery grants

Smart Farms Small Grants funds up to $50,000 available

FARMERS with clever, sustainable agriculture ideas can turn them into reality by applying for grants of up to $50,000 under Round three of the Smart Farms Small Grants program. Source: Sheep Central Smart Farms Small Grants funds up to ,000 available

DFAT investigates senior employee's alleged links to animal activist websites

A senior bureaucrat at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade — who is also the mother of a well-known animal rights activist — has been stood down pending an external investigation into potential links to animal activist websites. Source: ABC Livestock DFAT investigates senior employee’s alleged links to animal activist websites

After just one month on the job, what has sniffer dog Suki found?

The Federal Government sent Suki the sniffer dog to Darwin because of concerns about African swine fever, but in one month she has found more than just pork. Source: ABC Grain After just one month on the job, what has sniffer dog Suki found?

WA rethinks farm trespass laws after ABC investigation into horse racing industry

WA’s Attorney General says he went back to the drawing board on his long awaited draft farm trespass legislation following ABC 7.30’s investigation into the horse racing industry. Source: ABC Livestock WA rethinks farm trespass laws after ABC investigation into horse racing industry

Government's fodder announcement raises questions

The Federal Government’s plan to put 100 gigalitres towards animal feed raises more questions than answers for the fodder industry. Source: ABC Livestock Government’s fodder announcement raises questions

Are drought-stricken farmers really getting 'handouts'?

Australian farmers receive some of the lowest levels of government support in the world — and sceptics will argue this week’s $700 million drought stimulus package does little to change that, write Kath Sullivan and Lucy Barbour. Source: ABC Livestock Are drought-stricken farmers really getting ‘handouts’?

$1 billion drought package for hard-hit farmers and rural communities

Drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns are set for a $1 billion Federal Government cash injection to keep stock fed and watered, businesses open, locals in work and pump funds into local economies, as part of a major drought stimulus package announced earlier today. Source: Beef Central billion drought package for hard-hit farmers… Read more »

Victoria passes legislation to allow mobile meat processing

Legislation has now passed the Victorian Parliament clearing the way for mobile abattoirs to process meat on farms for commercial sale in the State. Source: Beef Central Victoria passes legislation to allow mobile meat processing

Vietnamese man with pork-filled cakes denied entry

A VIETNAMESE man has been denied entry to Australia after nearly four kilograms of pork-fileld cakes were found in his luggage. Source: Sheep Central Vietnamese man with pork-filled cakes denied entry

Second tourist visa cancelled over biosecurity breach

A second international visitor has been refused entry to Australia as international animal health experts warn of the continuing spread of African swine fever through Asia and the world. Source: Beef Central Second tourist visa cancelled over biosecurity breach

Agriculture ministers agree on climate change initiative

AUSTRALIA’S agriculture minister have agreed to endorse a Victorian-led national program that will see governments work together to help farmers meet the challenges of climate change. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture ministers agree on climate change initiative

More flexibility introduced to Qld’s tick line

Landholders can apply to have the Queensland tick line moved in relation to their property’s location under a new system developed in consultation with producers and other livestock industry stakeholders. Source: Beef Central More flexibility introduced to Qld’s tick line

Changes will give more 30,000 farmers access to Farm Household Allowance

The Australian Government has introduced improvements to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) designed to help more than 30,000 farmers gain access to immediate support.  Source: Beef Central Changes will give more 30,000 farmers access to Farm Household Allowance

NT cattlemen welcome rejection of Non-Pastoral Use permit changes

Northern Territory cattle producers have welcomed news the NT Government will not proceed with proposed amendments to Non-Pastoral Use permits. Source: Beef Central NT cattlemen welcome rejection of Non-Pastoral Use permit changes

Funding go-ahead for NSW dams

The Federal and NSW governments have announced a $1 billion water infrastructure package for dam construction and upgrades in drought-affected NSW. Source: Grain Central Funding go-ahead for NSW dams

Independent calls for 'cohesive, dramatic' national climate strategy

An independent MP is leading a crossbench call pushing the Government to do more to help farmers and rural communities face climate change challenges into the future. Source: ABC Livestock Independent calls for ‘cohesive, dramatic’ national climate strategy

NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

VICTORIA and Queensland are yet to follow New South Wales’ lead in urging statewide vaccinations against anthrax by livestock producers, despite heightened awareness of an increased infection risk nationally. Source: Sheep Central NSW anthrax vaccination initiative has federal support

Rollover protection to be made compulsory for quad bikes

New, mandatory safety standards for quad bikes, including the compulsory fitting of rollover protection devices, have been announced by the Federal Government today. Source: Beef Central Rollover protection to be made compulsory for quad bikes

Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

The Australian red meat industry urged both sides of Government to proceed with ratification of two critical free trade agreements without delay, following today’s release of a Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) report. Source: Beef Central Trade agreements critical to Australia’s regions and red meat jobs 

Victorian Government extends quad bike and side-by-side rebate scheme

VICTORIA’S quad bike rebate has been extended for nine months and to small operators for the first time to help Victorian farmers improve safety on their properties. The Andrews Labor… Source: Sheep Central Victorian Government extends quad bike and side-by-side rebate scheme

Stock route fees must rise to maintain network: AgForce

AgForce says as drought conditions worsen it is clear that more money is need to maintain Queensland’s vital stock route networ Source: Beef Central Stock route fees must rise to maintain network: AgForce

Kimberley experience in using pain relief management for livestock

Kimberley (WA) beef producers the Brockhurst family have used a state-government backed Business Improvement Grant to explore the use of pain relief in cattle in extensive northern grazing conditions.   Source: Beef Central Kimberley experience in using pain relief management for livestock

Concessions for ag employers in new payroll system

Agricultural employers have been granted new options by the Australian Taxation Office to move toward a single touch payroll system. Source: Grain Central Concessions for ag employers in new payroll system