May 14, 2018

Big data in agriculture and ensuring privacy

The number for the Australian economy is big, $20.3 billion, if farmers can transition from analogue business and production models to digital. That was the value […]
May 8, 2018

How to implement the ACCC’s recommended mandatory code of conduct

A mandatory, enforceable code of conduct for the dairy industry which replaces the existing voluntary industry one, will bring rigour and greater accountability to the sector, […]
November 24, 2017

Bleak Outlook for Compliant Irrigators if Irregular Water Take is Approved

Kingfisher Law recently wrote an article for the Irrigation Australia Journal which has been included below and can be found on pages 26-27 of Volume 33, Issue 4 […]
October 24, 2017

Is the Northern Territory water ready?

Recently Kingfisher Law was fortunate enough to be asked by NT Farmers to write a piece as part of its bimonthly newsletter to members. Below is […]
October 18, 2017

Turnbull’s Energy Plan Leaves Clean Energy Target Behind

The Turnbull government announced on 17 October 2017 its national energy plan which will significantly change Australia’s  energy and emissions reduction policy. The plan was designed […]
September 25, 2017

NSW EPA Seeks Public Comment on Draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021

The NSW Environment Protection Agency is seeking public comment on the Draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021. The Strategy has been designed to […]
September 25, 2017

Murray-Darling Basin Senate Inquiry Public Submissions Closes Thursday

The Senate Inquiry into The Integrity of the Water Market in the Murray-Darling Basin is receiving submissions until Thursday 28 September 2017. The Inquiry will investigate […]
September 25, 2017

ABARES Finds Farm Production and Exports Falling in Agricultural Commodities: September Quarter 2017

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has released their September Quarter 2017 into Agricultural Commodities markets forecasting a decline in both farm […]
September 18, 2017

NSW Department of Environment and Planning Reviewing Social Licence in Resource Developments

Community Comment Open for Economic Assessment of Mining and CSG Proposals The NSW Department of Environment and Planning are seeking public comment with regards to the […]
September 18, 2017

High Level Marine Park Protections To Be Reduced

The Federal Government has released five draft plans that will reduce marine zoning in 44 marine parks. Marine park protection zones, that cover 36 per cent […]
September 18, 2017

Commonwealth Legislative Update

Legislation  Legislation for Crowd Funding for Small Businesses Introduced The Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding for Proprietary Companies) Bill 2017 (Cth) has been introduced which will allow […]
September 15, 2017

WA, NT Left Behind as Significant Progress Made in National Water Reform: Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission is currently undertaking an inquiry into the reform of Australia’s water resources sector. It is required to: assess the outcomes of the National […]
September 11, 2017

Queensland Legislative Update

Gas Fields Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD)  The Gas Fields Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD) has passed parliament last week. […]
September 11, 2017

Interim Report: Independent Investigation into NSW Water Management and Compliance

An independent inquiry in response to a Four Corners investigative inquiry into the management of NSW water across the Murray-Darling basin has issued its interim report. […]
September 11, 2017

Review of the Carbon Farming Initiative and Emissions Reduction Fund

The Climate Change Authority is seeking public comment on the Carbon Farming Act 2017 (Cth) and the efficacy of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) that is […]
September 11, 2017

Senate Committee Review Competition and Consumer Amendment

The Senate has referred the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Abolition of Limited Merits Review) Bill 2017 (Cth) to the Standing Committees on Environment and Communications. The Bill intends […]
September 11, 2017

Oil and Emissions Bills before Parliament

Liquid Fuel Emergency Amendment Bill 2017 The Government bill that will see Australia comply with International Energy Agency obligations has passed Parliament today. Under the Agreement […]
September 11, 2017

Agriculture Largest Contributor to Australia’s GDP

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources announced last week that agriculture is now the ‘largest contributor to national GDP growth and fastest growing economic sector’. […]
September 11, 2017

Failure to Advance the Rights of Australia’s Indigenous People Contributing to ‘Intergenerational Trauma and Racism’

‘It is woefully inadequate that, despite having enjoyed over two decades of economic growth, Australia has not been able to improve the social disadvantage of its […]
September 4, 2017

Warkworth Mine Fined for Breach of Licence

Environment Protection Authority v Warkworth Mining Limited [2017] NSWLEC 107 (25 August 2017) Last week the New South Wales Land and Environment Court found Warkworth Mining […]
September 4, 2017

Quintis Ltd Receives Debt Extension from Noteholders

Quintis Ltd, a major sandalwood producer, has executed a Forbearance Agreement with noteholders that will protect the company from enforcement action due to the non-payment of interest […]
September 4, 2017

Measurement Of Soil Carbon Sequestration In Agricultural Systems Open for Comment

The draft Measurement of Soil Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Systems method is open for public consultation from today until 2 October 2017. The new method is a hybridisation […]
September 4, 2017

The Australia Institute: The Dark Side of the Boom (Victoria)

The Australia Institute last week released a Report into the closure and rehabilitation of mines in Victoria. The Report emphasised the lack of statistics that indicate […]
August 28, 2017

Queensland Sources Local Labour

The Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 (QLD) passed Queensland Parliament last week. The primary action of the Bill will be to prohibit fly-in fly-out […]
August 28, 2017

QLD Water Amendments

The Mineral, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD) introduces reform in several areas however significantly in the area of water planning. The Water Planning Framework […]
August 28, 2017

Murray Goulburn in Court

Webster (Trustee) v Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Limited[2017] FCA 995 (25 August 2017) The plaintiff is a unit holder in the Murray-Goulbourn Unit Trust which is wholly owned by […]
August 28, 2017

Managing Risk Using Multi-Peril Crop Insurance

Grain Growers have released a Review into 2017 Multi-Peril Crop Insurance Products (MPCI). MPCI gives farmers some financial security over their harvest, protecting them from a […]
August 23, 2017

Standards Australia Withdraws Draft Battery Standard

Standards Australia withdrew its draft standard on 18 August 2017 after receiving over 3000 public comments. It affirmed its status as a technical committee and stated […]
August 22, 2017

South Australia Primary Industries the Focus of Government Funding

Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme Receives Federal Government Funding The Federal Government will grant $45.6 million to the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme under the $500 million National […]
August 22, 2017

Proposed Removal of Limited Merits Review under Energy Laws

The Government has introduced the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Abolition of Limited Merits Review) Bill 2017 (Cth) that seeks to amend the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) with the […]
August 16, 2017

NSW Govt Inquiry into Electricity Prices

The NSW Legislative Council Select Committee on Electricity Supply, Demand and Price was established on 10 August 2017. It will be chaired by Paul Green and […]
August 15, 2017

Call for submissions on Water Management Regulation

  Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Water is exhibiting proposed amendments to the Water Management (General) Regulation 2011, and is inviting submissions and feedback from stakeholders […]
August 15, 2017

Kingfisher Law submission on draft battery storage systems standards

Since 13 June of this year, a draft Australian/New Zealand Standard for battery storage systems has been open for public comment. After reading the draft standard […]
August 14, 2017

Nature Conservation through Private Agreement

The Nature Conservation (Special Wildlife Reserves) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD) seeks protect significant biodiversity through the assistance of private landholders. It establishes voluntary-managed protected […]
August 14, 2017

Update: Eligibility for Solar Rebates in QLD

The Public Works and Utilities Committee has tabled the Report into the Electricity and Other Legislation (Batteries and Premium Feed-in Tariff) Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD). The […]
August 14, 2017

QLD Legislates to Kick the Plastic Habit

The Government has introduced the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 217 (QLD) to introduce a twofold pollution reduction scheme. The first stage introduces a state-wide […]
August 14, 2017

Department of Primary Industries Water Seeks Public Comments

The Status and Issues Papers for the development of Water Resource Plans covering four groundwater sources is currently available for public comment. Water Resource Plans are […]
August 14, 2017

NSW Planning Amendments Considered

Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Planning Panels and Enforcement) Bill 2017 (NSW) This Government Bill will introduce independent planning panels to assess developments, removing this role […]
August 14, 2017

Air Pollution the Focus of New Commonwealth Bill

The Product Emissions Standards Bill 2017 (Cth) is one in a collection of a suite of bills that seeks to regulate the noxious emissions leading to […]
August 14, 2017

Biosecurity Workshops Developed for Industry

Farm Biosecurity Plans will be required from 1 October 2017 under the Livestock Production Assurance Program. The LPA Program will assist in uniformly applying industry expectations […]
August 9, 2017

5 Reasons Why the Australia Institute Report into the Ord Does Not Hold up to Scrutiny

The Australia Institute released a report titled ‘Dam the Expense: The Ord River Irrigation Scheme and the Development of Northern Australia‘ on 28 July 2017. It […]
August 7, 2017

A Win and a Lose for Community Environmental Action Groups

4nature Incorporated v Centennial Springvale Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 191 (2 August 2017) The New South Wales Court of Appeal upheld the appeal put forward by the […]
August 7, 2017

NSW Government to Stop with Amalgamations

Local Government Amendment (Amalgamation Referendums) Bill 2017 (NSW) Despite the NSW Government’s concession that outstanding council amalgamations will not be pursued, the Private Member’s Bill remains […]
August 7, 2017

NSW Government Responds to Staged Development Planning Uncertainty

Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Staged Development Applications) Bill 2017 (NSW) The decision in Bay Simmer Investments Pty Ltd v State of New South Wales [2017] […]
August 7, 2017

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Approves Genex Stage Two

Genex Power Ltd has received approval from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to begin stage two of its solar-hydro project. The project has been declared […]
August 7, 2017

Update: Murray Darling Basin

Following on from the Four Corners revelations two weeks, the Prime Minister announced a Murray Darling Basin Wide Compliance Review. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is due […]
August 7, 2017

Productivity Commission: Trade and Assistance Review 2015-16

The Productivity Commission has released their annual review into industry assistance. Northern Australia featured heavily across the Review, including the establishment of the Northern Australia Infrastructure […]
August 7, 2017

Update: Native Title Case Law

Northern Territory of Australia v Griffiths [2017] FCAFC 106 (20 July 2017) The Federal Court has allowed an appeal in part regarding a decision made last year […]
August 7, 2017

CBH Investigates Blockchain Technology

Partnering with AgriDigital, CBH is seeking to increase industry efficiency through the use of blockchain technology. Blockchains provide a logistical solution to trust issues that arise […]
July 31, 2017

Inquiry into the Management, Governance and Use of Environmental Water

The Inquiry into the Management, Governance and Use of Environmental Water will investigate the Victorian Environmental Water Holder Annual Report 2015-16 and report on the use […]
July 31, 2017

QLD seeks to Protect Labour through Licensing Scheme

The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (QLD) introduces a state-based labour hire licensing scheme that applies to all labour hire providers operating in Queensland. To obtain a licence, […]
July 31, 2017

First Bioregional Assessments Investigate the Impact of CSG and Large Coal Mines on Water Resources

The Federal Government’s Bioregional Assessment Program is a science-based body that investigates the impact of coal seam gas and large coal mines on water resources. Under […]
July 18, 2017

Protection for Agribusiness Labour

The South Australian Government is drafting a new bill to regulate labour hire in the state. The core of the proposed law is a state-wide licencing […]
May 22, 2017

Valuable Experience Working with Indigenous Communities

Twenty percent of Australian land is owned by our indigenous peoples, under Native Title and Statutory Land Rights schemes. At Kingfisher Law,we have extensive experience working […]
May 22, 2017

Acting Decisively on Behalf of Landowners?

Kingfisher Law’s extensive client portfolio encompasses Australian food and fibre producers across numerous agricultural sub-sectors, including livestock, fruit, vegetables, grains, wine, poultry, dairy and forestry. Although […]
April 6, 2017

Kingfisher Law, be confident that your agribusiness is safe hands.

When you choose to hire Kingfisher Law, you can be confident that your agribusiness is in the hands of some of Australia’s brightest legal minds. Based […]

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