VFF Grains Policy Council Meeting Communique: September

The VFF Grains Policy Council met at Werrimull in early September to share region updates and discuss key policy priorities concerning VFF Grains Group members.

Policy and advocacy

Grains Policy Council discussed the latest update from WorkSafe on the new Telehandler Licensing training requirements with concerns raised on the potential for a mandated three days training to obtain a license. Members also discussed concerns around the federal government’s proposed Biosecurity Protection Levy and the impact this would have on growers. Other issues discussed included harvest season fire safety awareness, EPR audits, ISCC and government funding support for AEGIC. Presentations were provided with representatives from Wimmera Southern Mallee Development, Department of Transport and Planning and Dodgshun Medlin. Grains Policy Council agreed to update its Policy and Advocacy Plan for 2023-25 which will be confirmed at a later meeting.

Grain Producers Australia (GPA)

GPA Chief Executive Colin Bettles provided an update on the work being undertaken in the Grains national policy space. Updates included current efforts on key issues such as the proposed Biosecurity Levy, End Point Royalties (EPR), Fire Safety (SA), Farm Labour and GRDC consultation with ISCC.

Policy Council Vacancies

Grains Group Policy Council appointed Joel Pymer to the casual vacancy for the Wimmera Region per Section 8.6.4 of the VFF Constitution.