Examining regulation of Australian agriculture

The Australian Government has released the terms of reference for the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into regulation of the Australian agricultural sector, with the inquiry to commence immediately.

“The inquiry will focus on regulation with a material impact on domestic and international competitiveness of farm businesses and the productivity of Australian agriculture,” a Commission spokesperson said.

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“It will define priority areas for removing or reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens where doing so contributes to improved productivity for farm businesses as well as the wider economy.

“It will identifying unnecessary restrictions on competition as well as take into account regulation in key supply chains.”

The Productivity Commission will consult broadly with government and non-government stakeholders in developing its recommendations, and will examine submissions made to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia and other relevant material in the public domain.

Public consultation will be undertaken as part of the inquiry, with information available on the Productivity Commission website.

To read the inquiry’s terms of reference please visit http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/agriculture/terms-of-reference

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