The Federal Government has announced a taskforce to prepare a
White Paper on competitiveness in the Australian agricultural
industry. Corporate & Commercial Lawyer Ben Walker gives an
overview of the paper, that will seek to outline potential policies
and strategies to improve the industry's competitiveness and
profitability, boost trade and economic growth, and create greater
productivity through innovation.
Terms of Reference
Terms of reference of the White Paper include:
global and domestic food security and its role in creating a
stronger and more competitive agriculture sector;
methods of improving market returns at the farm gate;
producer access to investment finance, farm debt levels and
the competitiveness of the Australian agriculture sector and
its relationship with linked processing and value chains;
the contribution of agriculture to regional centres and
communities and ways to boost investment and jobs growth in these
the efficiency and competitiveness of sector inputs such as
training, education, research and development and critical
infrastructure to the agricultural value chain;
the effectiveness of regulations affecting the agriculture
sector, and its effects on competition, investment and private
opportunities for enhancing agricultural exports and new market
the effectiveness and economic benefits of existing incentives
for investment and jobs creation in the agriculture sector.
The next step is the release of an 'issues paper'
summarising key points and providing questions for members of the
public to make written submissions on. The intention is to then
develop a 'green paper' to be released in the first half of
2014 that will outline the Government's assessment of the
critical problems, opportunities for the industry and provide some
broad policy options.
The finalised White Paper is anticipated to be released towards
the end of 2014. ClarkeKann will continue to monitor the progress
and will notify our clients of any key developments.
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