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Welcome to the NFF’s Weekly Wrap, bringing you the week’s farming and political news each Friday.
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DiALP graduation marks International Rural Women's Day
On the eve of International Rural Women’s Day (Thursday, 15 October), the NFF held its Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program graduation which saw 12 extraordinary women with a passion for agriculture graduate from a 5 month long mentorship program. With the support of our Partners, the NFF has a goal to double the number of women in agriculture’s leadership ranks by 2030.
Government's quad bike standard comes into effect
On Sunday, 11 October, the Government’s mandatory safety standard came into effect. The standard requires that all new and imported second hand quad bikes sold in Australia must be tested for lateral static stability, display the angle at which the quad bike tips onto two wheels as well as carry a roll over warning label on the quad bike. For more information, click here.
Aussie Farms undergoes a rebrand
Controversial activist group, Aussie Farms, has changed its name to the Farm Transparency Project in an attempt to take its efforts international and regain its charity status. The change comes as the NFF says a Privacy Act investigation needed to shut down the notorious 'Aussie Farms Map' is taking too long.
Notice to Group Members on Live Cattle Trade Ban Class Action
Following on from the 2 June 2020 decision on the Brett Cattle Company Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture case, the Court has ordered a notice for members of the class who many now be able to apply to receive compensation in the class action. The full notice can be found here.
 
 
Weekly insight
COVID-19 takes a toll on food insecure Australians
Foodbank Australia's annual Hunger Report has found the number of Australians seeking food relief has doubled in the past year. Farmer donations have played a central role this year as relief organisations have struggled to keep pace with demand...
Source: Foodbank Australia, McCrindle, 2020
 
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Briefing
Diversity on the rise as industry marks International Rural Women's Day

The National Farmers’ Federation has a goal to double the number of women in agriculture’s leadership positions by 2030. The target is an important part of the NFF’s goal for agriculture to be a $100 billion industry by 2030. Marking International Women’s Day on Thursday, the NFF celebrated significant progress towards this target.

According to research by Workplace Gender Equality Agency, 46% of the farm workforce is female, however only 18% of management roles in agriculture are assumed by women and, only 2% of agriculture's CEOs are women.

This is despite very recent research also commissioned by WGEA, showing that having women in leadership is very good for business. In fact, female top-tier managers add 6.6. per cent to the market value of ASX companies, worth the equivalent of $104.7 million.

The report found similarly that for ASX-listed companies, having a female CEO led to a five per cent increase in their market value, worth the equivalent of $79.6 million on average.

In 2018, the NFF established the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program, under the direction of the NFF’s first female President, Fiona Simson. The program is two-pronged. It establishes: a mentoring program for emerging female leaders (see above for the program’s 2020 graduates); and a framework where Australia’s leading public and private agriculture organisations can commit to, and report on, meaningful change towards gender diversity within their leadership ranks.

With the program in its third year, partner organisations are now reporting on the changes they've made. For example, founding partner, the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) now has a workforce of more than 40%, women, half of the company’s 2020 hires have been are women, 33% of ACCO’s leaders are women and women hold 40% of the most senior roles.

Syngenta and NuFarm have both carried out an audit of salaries and acted on any gender pay gaps. Syngenta and AACo have both created private spaces for women returning from maternity leave to breastfeed and Syngenta has embraced flexible work arrangements with 24% of its workforce part-time. The NFF is also proud to have a board with 50% female representation.




Quote of the week
“I'm lucky enough to have been supported along the way by a number of people, mostly men to be honest, because there hasn't been a lot of women who have done what I've been able to do in agriculture — and of course I want to change that.”

- NFF PRESIDENT, FIONA SIMSON.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sent by the National Farmers' Federation, NFF House, 14-16 Brisbane Avenue, Barton ACT 2600
 
 


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