Agricultural Finance Forum

The Agricultural Finance Forum (AFF) comprises representatives from the agri–finance sector, agri–political organisations such as the National Farmers’ Federation, and government for the purpose of improving communication between the rural sector, government and financial institutions.

This high–level forum continues to provide a valuable medium for the exchange of industry and government views on major public policy issues. The forum will usually meet on a biannual basis to coincide with the release of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences’ Agricultural Commodities report. Additional meetings will be held where there is a need to convene the forum in response to significant events.

The AFF exists to enhance the competitiveness, profitability and sustainability of Australian agriculture by fostering strong relationships between the agri–finance sector and Australian agribusiness and progressing matters of mutual interest.

The Agricultural Finance Forum is an information sharing body and aims to:

  • Promote financial self–reliance for agricultural enterprises and consider issues pertaining to risk management, retirement and succession planning, financial management, business planning and skills development
  • Encourage greater financial awareness among primary producers and agricultural service providers
  • Consider and provide advice on government policies, programs and initiatives relating to agricultural issues
  • Encourage and lead informed public debate on agricultural finance issues and disseminate relevant information to agri–finance stakeholders
  • Foster improvements in agri–finance product development and service delivery by monitoring and discussing relevant domestic and international trends in finance
  • Identify and address impediments to greater attraction of finance and investment in rural Australia, and
  • Encourage research to support the forum’s strategic goals.