RED TAPE: Agriculture Minister David Littleproud (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack move to make life easier for the farmers.
RED TAPE: Agriculture Minister David Littleproud (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack move to make life easier for the farmers. Elyse Wurm

Government moves to cut red tape to make farming life easier

RED tape seems to be the only thing growing in the drought but two Federal Government ministers hope to stem its spread.

After identifying regulations that have built up over the past 50 years imposing unnecessary burdens on farmers, the Federal Government launched an inquiry to see whether results could be achieved with less red tape.

Many of the recommendations are already being actioned to help farmers, including a policy agreement that was reached to benefit farming businesses on Friday.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the Government was cutting unnecessary red tape so farm businesses could create wealth and jobs in regional communities.

As a result, a policy agreement was reached between the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and participating states and territories to simplify and enhance the farm sector's business operations.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said local governments throughout the nation were now being asked to support the draft National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice to formally implement the changes and update standards.

"The notice will remove red tape that's built-up over the past 50 years, by reducing the current number of designated agricultural zones, reducing the complexity for cross- border movements, improving agricultural operations across farms and providing increased support for drought- affected communities,” he said.

"This is exactly the type of common sense decision-making our Government stands for, to make life easier for our farmers and others involved in agriculture, and ensure they can do business more efficiently.

"This is an important breakthrough for the agricultural industry and - delivering an agreement to use a modernised and simplified set of standards for moving agricultural combinations on public roads.”

Roads and Transport Assistant Minister Scott Buchholz said he looked forward to local governments supporting the Notice to remove outdated red tape that's restricting heavy vehicle movements and weighing-down the agricultural industry.

"We've already cut red tape to make it easier for urgently needed hay to reach drought stricken farmers at a time of need,” Mr Buchholz said.

"These new changes will make it simpler and easier for farmers who often only have to travel short distances on roads to move agricultural equipment as part of their regular work routine.

"It's another example of the Coalition Government's commitment to regional Australia, particularly those on the land.”


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