Media Release

Inaugural Ag Industry meeting - Something Old and Something New

11 April 2014

Old meets new today with the inaugural meeting of the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council at All Saints Estate in Rutherglen, Victoria, on the eve of its 150th birthday.

The newly established Advisory Council will see council members from a wide range of agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries come together to discuss and inform government about key issues impacting these sectors.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, announced the 10 council members earlier this year as part of two election commitments; to enhance consultations with the agricultural sector and to support the government’s deregulation agenda by reducing red tape.

"I’ve been looking forward to hearing from our industry leaders who have unique experiences and innovative ideas," Minister Joyce said.

"To have the first meeting at All Saints Estate – which turns 150 next month – just serves to highlight Australia's long and successful agricultural history while we consider how we best grasp opportunities to further grow the sector into the future."

The Coalition has prioritised agriculture as a key sector in our diverse five pillar economy and recognises that a strong farm and primary industry sector is vital to Australia’s future prosperity. Today's milestone further demonstrates the Coalition's commitment to strengthening the Agriculture sector through mutual partnership and meaningful engagement.

"The Agricultural Industry Advisory Council’s two-day meeting will cover a broad range of issues and challenges facing our primary industries including key commodity overviews, updates on the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and deregulation within the agriculture portfolio," Minister Joyce said.

"We've already started to take the necessary steps to start reducing $1 billion a year in unnecessary red and green tape across the entire sector, such as through the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Removing Re-Approval and Re-Registration) Bill 2014.

"Another way people can get involved is through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper – we're looking for the big ideas and I strongly urge those with a knowledgeable interest in agriculture to contribute before the submission period closes on Thursday 17 April.

"I welcome the valuable insights the council will bring to government policy and the overall farming community."