Briefing paper

Right to farm laws: an update

Agriculture Farming Trespass New South Wales
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On 17 September 2019, the Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales, Adam Marshall, introduced into the Legislative Assembly the Right to Farm Bill 2019. The Bill has two main parts:

  1. A new Right to Farm Act to protect farmers from common law nuisance claims (known as “nuisance shield” legislation); and
  2. Amendments to the Inclosed Lands Protection Act 1901 to protect farmers from on-farm trespass activity.

The Bill has passed through the Legislative Assembly. On 24 September 2019, the Legislative Council’s Portfolio Committee No. 4 commenced an inquiry into the Bill. The Committee is due to report by 21 October 2019.

This issues backgrounder deals with the first part of the Bill – the nuisance shield legislation. It updates the 2015 e-brief Right to farm laws, focusing primarily on significant developments in Australia.

Publication Details
Issues Backgrounder no.4/October 2019
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