NSWFA Contact

Kathy Rankin

Policy Director
Ph: (02) 9478-1008
Email: rankink@nswfarmers.org.au

Isabella McDougall
Policy Advisor
Ph: (02) 9478-1066
Email: mcdougalli@nswfarmers.org.au

BEAT Committee Members

Name Town
Richard Croft Uralla
Wayne Dunford
Terry Fishpool Tottenham
David Mailler
Bill McDonnell Yerong Creek
Bruce Reynolds Millthorpe
Liz Tomlinson Narrabri
Peter Wilson (Chair) Trangie
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With farmers in NSW generating over $12 billion in production we are a significant part of the NSW economy. Major exports of wheat, beef and wool add to NSW's international trading position and our business interactions in rural NSW support large segments of the economy.  NSW Farmers aims to foster the development of profitable and productive farmers to feed the NSW economy. The Business, Economics and Trade (BEAT) Committee works on a cross section of issues, and has made the following issues priorities in 2016/17: 

Competitiveness of Agriculture

Regarding farm competitiveness, the Committee will:

  • Continue to pursue improvements to competition policy such as the introduction of the 'effects test', particularly in light of the recent establishment of the ACCC’s Agricultural Consultative Committee, as well as to monitor the outcomes of the current banking inquiry
  • Work alongside NFF to pursue new agreements with parties such as the EU, UK and others, while monitoring ongoing negotiations and pursuing the elimination of non-tariff barriers.

Crown Lands

  • The Committee will monitor the introduction of new Crown Lands Legislation, which will have implications for leaseholders and farmers generally. The Committee will be watching to ensure that the legislation is farmer-friendly. 

Fuel and Energy

Regarding energy markets, the Committee will:

  • Engage with the outcomes of the global agreement, signed in Paris in 2015, as there are now renewable energy targets that Australia must meet that will have an effect on national energy policy.This issue was discussed recently at the National Farmers’ Federation’s Competitiveness Committee, who will working on a clearer policy statement about energy mixes.
  • Engage with changes to the charging practices of electricity network businesses in NSW. This issue is ongoing but has implications for the sale of Ausgrid. 
  • Separately, the Committee will consider changes to the National Electricity Rules (NER) require Essential Energy to propose a Tariff Structure Statement to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) for assessment and approval (by 4 October 2016). The changes will mean some customers in regional NSW will be placed on new tariffs.


Regarding infrastructure, the Committee will:

  • Push the federal government to fund construction of the inland rail
  • Seek that the NSW Government spend more of the $6 billion forecast revenue from the long term lease of the NSW poles and wires money to be spent on infrastructure to benefit the farm sector, and seek an upgrade of road and rail access over the Blue Mountains.
  • Work through local NSW Farmers branches to ensure that local councils are aware of the needs of local farmers and that the NSW Farmers’ priority projects are funded.


Regarding taxation, the Committee will:

  • Monitor changes to taxation structures, as well as the federal government’s attempts to bring the budget back to surplus.
  • Ensure that any new state taxes (such as the emergency services levy) are fair for farmers, work to wind back existing taxes that are unfair for farmers, (e.g. stamp duty, especially for young farmers)
  • Work to ensure that the current IPART review delivers fairer, more equitable local government rates for farmers. 


Regarding heavy vehicle regulation, the Committee will:

  • Work through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Agriculture Industry Operators Group to ensure that a national agricultural combination notice is achieved. This work will occur in conjunction with the NSW Farmers’ Grains Committee.
  • Continue to work with the NSW Government agencies, in particular Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to improve the efficiency of moving over-size over-mass vehicles, and to achieve clarity on issues such as chain-of-responsibility and the implication of the development of the NSW escort vehicle driver scheme.
  • Continue to pursue the adoption of best in class, innovative technological approaches to roads regulation, particularly relating to roads access for oversize, overmass vehicles and Transport Management Plans. 
Transport Briefing Notes

Restraining loads (including on utes) 

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