07 Dec 2017

.Workplaces and the transport industry should immediately remove HFZY30 EEBD self-rescue respirators from all workplaces, including from road transport vehicles. The HFZY30 EEBD self-rescue respirator does not meet Australian Standard ‘AS/NZS 1716 Respiratory protection devices' requirements. There is a potential life-threatening risk from use of the equipment in an emergency. EEBDs pro...

05 Dec 2017

Queensland’s integral role in our nation’s agricultural story has been highlighted by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) as part of the inaugural National Agriculture Day on 21 November 2017. National Ag Day is a chance for everyone to reflect on the pivotal role agriculture has played in our history, celebrate its successes and excite about its bright future. QFF President Stuar...

05 Dec 2017

Agriculture is a major employer and the cornerstone industry for rural and regional communities throughout Queensland. The state’s 26,000 farm businesses directly employ 60,608 Queenslanders and provide over 315,000 jobs throughout the food supply chain. The ability for agriculture to continue its role as a major employer and contributor to rural and regional communities and the state i...

01 Dec 2017

This state election Queensland farmers are calling on the next government to commit to getting serious about developing an approach that properly addresses planning and protection of our prime agricultural land. Currently, the protection of prime agricultural land from urban encroachment, rezoning, large-scale solar energy projects and other competing land uses is inconsistent, short si...

01 Dec 2017

AGRICULTURE accounts for only about 14 per cent of the estimated 380,000 quad bikes being used in Australia but the sector is responsible for a disproportionately higher rate of deaths and injuries. And as serious safety concerns remain, the number of quad bikes sold and used on-farms is expected to grow faster than it will for any other segment of the $230 million Australian market in c...

01 Dec 2017

Restricted electrical work licences allow people to do electrical work incidental to a particular trade or calling. For example: refrigeration and air conditioning technicians can do electrical work on refrigeration and air conditioning equipment licensed plumbers are allowed to do certain electrical work on hot water systems mechanical fitters can disconnect and reconnect electric m...

28 Nov 2017

This state election Queensland farmers are calling on the next government to commit to getting serious about developing an approach that properly addresses planning and protection of our prime agricultural land. Currently, the protection of prime agricultural land from urban encroachment, rezoning, large-scale solar energy projects and other competing land uses is inconsistent, short si...

28 Nov 2017

Quad bikes have been responsible for 114 deaths in Australia from 2011 to October 2017. Seventeen of these deaths were children under the age of 16. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is investigating quad bike safety, and considering the merits of implementing a safety standard for quad bikes. As part of this process, the ACCC has released the Quad Bike Safety I...

27 Nov 2017

Queensland farmers are again frustrated that vegetation management has been used for political gain rather than to demonstrate solutions-focused policy, with Labor’s Saving Habitat Policy falling short of a holistic framework capable of providing long term certainty. Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) President Stuart Armitage said that without first conducting an inclusive, objective...

23 Nov 2017

One thing is clear from the results of the 2017 Farm Biosecurity Producer Survey: you are working together more than ever before to secure your farms against all manner of biosecurity threats. When 1200 producers across Australia were interviewed it was discovered that two-thirds of them, regardless of what they farm, share the responsibility for monitoring their crops and livestock for...