An independent institute leading farm policy discussions for Australian agriculture

What We Do

The Australian Farm Institute leads the farm policy discussions to ensure a viable future for the Australian agricultural community, delivers timely analysis and insights on priority farm policy issues, and promotes evidence-based policy solutions that maximise the economic and social wellbeing of our farmers. 

Featured Content

Published 7 Jun 2021

At the recent Global Food Forum in Sydney, delegates heard agribusiness leaders assert that “sustainability is now mainstream” for the agri-food industry. An increasing number of programs, projects and potential pitfalls are appearing in the ag sector. In this Insights edition, AFI offers a high-level look at some of the…

Published 28 May 2021

Australian agriculture is a sector heavily reliant on trade, with more than 70% of all agricultural production (by value) exported.[1] Due to the very low levels of government assistance received by Australian farmers compared to many global agriculture sectors[2], free trade agreements (FTAs) play a crucial role in navigating export…

Stay across the Institute’s current research and archive of historical reports on the topics shaping Australian agricultural policy. 

Browse the Institute’s range of respected publications, available for purchase or accessed via memberships or subscription. 

Institute evidence and analysis has been influential in developing new approaches on a range of agricultural issues.

Why become a member?

Your support enables AFI to lead the farm policy discussions which ensure a viable future for the Australian agricultural community. 


We bring the agriculture community together with events that set the policy agenda. Register for upcoming events and view past events for slide packs, recordings and other resources.


18-10-2021 09:00 AM - 18-10-2021 10:00 PM

AFI Roundtable – Monday 18 October, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Advocacy is of most importance in times of greatest socio-economic change. There are worrying signs that Australia – and the world – may be on the cusp of such an era of economic upheaval and social shift. Is Australia’s…

17-06-2021 10:00 AM - 17-06-2021 10:00 PM

Purchase Sessions and Recordings Thursday 17 June 2021 – Toowoomba, QLD & ONLINE Conference Overview: While COVID-19 is the most prominent disruptor of trade in recent times, it is far from the only one. Geopolitical tensions, socio-economic changes, infrastructure challenges and biosecurity concerns are not merely theoretical risks but active…

07-12-2020 10:00 AM - 11-12-2020 05:00 PM

Conservation Agriculture in 2030 Online Conference – 7 to 11 December 2020 – Part 2. Conservation agriculture has transformed the Australian farming sector over the past 50 years by delivering increases in productivity and profitability alongside improvements in soil condition, water efficiency and other environmental gains. Understanding the risks embedded…

Featured Research

Published 29 Jun 2021

Developing an Australian Agricultural Sustainability Framework (AASF) The first iteration of the AASF has now been developed for stakeholder feedback (see link above – AASF 1st iteration). As the framework contains many levels of information, this interactive PowerPoint (PPT) presentation has been designed to allow users to ‘dive in’ to areas of interest…

Published 1 Dec 2020

Early in 2020 the Australian Farm Institute undertook a research project on behalf of the National Farmer’s Federation for Phase 1 of the Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme, which is a component of the Australian Government’s $34 million Agricultural Stewardship package. This project reviewed best practice management standards and collated extensive feedback…

Published 1 Feb 2020

While the impact of growth trends in vegetarian and flexitarian consumer segments on animal agriculture is often debated in industry circles, this analysis demonstrates continued and stable demand for traditional (animal-sourced) protein sources. Animal agriculture plays a significant role in the Australian economy and is likely to continue to do…


Featured Videos

Published 1 Dec 2020

How a gas-led recovery will impact Australian farmers

Agriculture & gas production enterprises have different values & goals. For the sake of our farmers & our agriculture sector, it’s time to take our foot off the gas. This short video summarises the AFI briefing paper produced with the support of Farmers for Climate Action and the Australian Conserv

Published 23 Nov 2020

This video provides a precis of the Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Phase 1 Report delivered to the National Farmers’ Federation in July 2020. During the consultation for this report, farmers identified the complexity, cost and difficulty of assessing and participating in multiple programs, as barriers to participating in current…
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