Media Release

Deregulation: seeking your thoughts on some new ideas

20 October 2014

There are a range of new ideas about deregulation and decreasing the regulatory burden on farmers in the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper, and the Australian Government is asking for your feedback on options put forward.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the Green Paper includes policy options to reduce the regulatory burden on farmers and potential changes to Australian competition laws.

"There are some ideas around how Australia can improve market competition, including introducing more price transparency throughout the whole food and fibre supply chain and facilitating greater use of cooperative structures.

"There are also suggestions for deregulation at the state and territory level—including removal of excessive native vegetation laws, improving the efficiency of the native title system and providing greater consistency in biosecurity regulations between Australian jurisdictions.

"Getting fairer prices for farmers by strengthening competition laws and policies was also raised as a big issue through the consultations. As Agriculture Minister, I believe our farmers should be treated fairly and get the best farm gate return possible. I expect retailers to negotiate and contract with their suppliers in good faith and to pay a fair price.

"There are 25 policy themes in the Green Paper. We won’t be able to do everything, so we're looking to identify what's truly important and where we should focus our attention.

"We want feedback on the Green Paper especially to focus on the ideas that will help us increase competitiveness, increase farmgate profitability and contribute to the prosperity of our rural and regional communities.

"Everyone has the opportunity to have their say on the Green Paper. Submissions are open online until 12 December 2014. Now is the time to help shape Australian agriculture into a stronger, more profitable and more sustainable sector," Minister Joyce said.

To read the Green Paper, or provide a submission in response, visit: https://agriculturalcompetitiveness.dpmc.gov.au