FARMER REPRESENTATION & ADVOCACY
There are a number of representative bodies across Australia that advocate on behalf of our farmers. Click on the links below to learn more.
Also, access our Policy Paddock to learn more about the issues these organisation's advocate on, and have a say.
Federal and State Farmer REPRESENTATIVE BODIES
National Farmers' Federation
Membership: Individual farmers join their respective state farm organisation and/or national commodity council. These organisations collectively form the NFF.
President: Brent Finlay
Membership: Full Producer (from $439), Additional Member ($100), Retired Member ($100), Metro Member ($100), Small Farmer ($150).
President: Fiona Simson
Victorian Farmers Federation
Membership: Commercial farming membership (from $517), Student (free), Small Farmer ($400), Farm Managers ($400), Lifestyle Farmer ($200), YAPS* ($110). *Young Agribusiness Professionals (YAPs) is a VFF division that focuses on 18-35yr olds.
President: Peter Tuohey
Membership: Over over 3,500 farmers — $490 (Basic) - $1,640 (Premium)
President: Dale Park
The Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA
Membership: Represents primary producers of wool, grain, meat and livestock. Membership unknown
President: Tony Seabrook
Primary Producers SA
Membership: SAFF was disbanded in 2013. The new organisation is a coalition made up of commodity groups, rather than individual farmers as members.
Executive Chairman: Rob Kerin
Queensland Farmers Federation
Membership: The Queensland Farmers Federation represents the interests of 16 of the states peak rural industry organisations.
President: Joanne Grainger
Membership: Based on gross value of production (from $490 - $18,180).
President: Grant Maudsley
Membership: Grower membership ($220), Consultant ($330), Small business member ($770), Corporate member ($1,350), Association partner ($4,000).
President: Grant Fenton (CEO)
Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association
Membership: Levy system: Cereals (50 cents per $100 sale), Dairy (0.009 cents per litre), Meat (40 cents per $100 sale), Seeds (20 cents per bag), Vegetables (53 cents per $100 sale), Wool (45 cents per $100 sale).
President: Wayne Johnston
COMMODITY REPRESENTATIVE AGENCIES
For details associated with federal and state agencies specific to commodity types refer to the specific Information Station relevant to you.
SET TO AMALGAMATE?
"Ag rationalisation is vital: NFF", Brett Finlay, The Land (13/05/2015)
"For successful farmer organisations, go local rather than go big", Mick Keogh, Australian Farm Institute (8/05/2015)
"The end of farm advocacy groups as we have known them?" Gaétane Potard, Australian Farm Institute (25/03/2015)
"Uniting a big farming nation", Colin Bettles Farm Weekly (21/01/2015)
"What representation amalgamation could mean for Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association", Nathan Coates NT Country Hour (18/11/2014)
"Farmers want unified farm representation", NFF (21/10/2014)
"Farmers Federation considering more 'unified' approach to farm representation", Lucy Barbour ABC Rural (21/10/2014)