The AIFST welcomed the Inquiry Report from the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture into food security in Australia – Australian Food Story: Feeding the Nation and Beyond.
The inquiry’s remit was to look at strengthening and safeguarding food security in Australia.
The Committee, chaired by Labour MP Meryl Swanson, made 35 recommendations overall.
The primary recommendation is the development of a comprehensive National Food Plan providing for the food security, including nutritional security, of the nation and its people. The National Food Plan must have clear objectives and measurable targets set out in regular updates and action plans, and subject to regular review.
Further to the establishment of a National Food Plan, the Committee recommended the Australian Government appoint a Minister for Food, within the portfolio of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, with responsibility for the development and implementation of the National Food Plan, regular monitoring and updating of the plan, and accountability for achieving outcomes and targets under the plan.
AIFST had previously provided a submission to the Inquiry in December 2022 and AIFST CEO, Fiona Fleming and Acting Chair Dr Michael Depalo testified at a public hearing in June 2023.
In December, AIFST CEO, Fiona Fleming, attended a virtual Q & A with the Committee Chair, Meryl Swanson, to gain further insight into next steps.
AIFST looks forward to the opportunity to support the progression of the recommendations in 2024 and beyond.
The full Inquiry report is available here: https://ow.ly/gbBm50Qh6pe