In its first 12 months, PPSA’s activities included:

  • Submissions on the:

    • Agricultural Competitiveness Issues Paper – with ongoing input in this area
    • Farming Code of Conduct developed by the Small Business Commissioner
    • ESCOSA (Essential Services Commission of SA) Water Pricing Reform Inquiry
    • Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan
    • Review of Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) (Meat Food Safety Committee) Regulations 2005
    • Draft assessment bilateral agreement between the Federal Department of the Environment and SA
    • Proposed country of origin labelling reforms
  • Meetings to provide input to government on re biosecurity, NRM, native vegetation regulations, fire management (CFS) and Aboriginal Heritage issues
  • Media releases re the restructure and formation of PPSA, PPSA Council meeting at the Riverland Field Days, assistance for primary producers following 2014 bushfires, State election and Federal budget – as well as regular Stock Journal columns
  • Development and adoption of new Rules of Association and structure
  • Relocation from the old SAFF office to the new PPSA office (shared with the Wine Grape Council of SA and adjacent to the SA Dairyfarmers Association and Livestock SA)
  • Establishment of new office administration systems (sharing administrative arrangements with Livestock SA and the SA Dairyfarmers Association)
  • Development of a transitional business plan
  • Development of this website and work on a digital platform (Rural Connect)
  • Sponsorship negotiations
  • Ongoing discussions with government on issues affecting primary producers
  • Establishment and operation of a fire recovery register and assistance
  • Regular meetings of PPSA’s NRM Committee, with a focus on mining and gas issues, an NRM liaison project, input into native vegetation clearance offset policy and work started on water planning and management arrangements and general involvement of primary producers in the NRM system
  • An R,D&E working group also convened a meeting of people who had had high-level involvement in R,D&E in SA
  • PPSA maintains a number of representatives on external boards and committees – including representation on the planning system review (Think Design Deliver)
  • Three projects:
    • Healthy Farmer Adviser project, funded by SA Health – commenced by SAFF and running until the start of 2016
    • NRM liaison project and person, funded by DEWNR – January to August 2014
    • Farm business management skills training project, funded by DFEEST and PIRSA – February 2014 to February 2015
  • All commodity groups released policies for the state election
  • Livestock SA was established as an incorporated body; developed and adopted their constitution; developed their website; completed membership form mailouts and conducted a number of regional meetings, in addition to ongoing advocacy (e.g. regarding drought response measures)
  • Horticulture Coalition was established as an incorporated body; developed and adopted their constitution, in addition to ongoing coordination of industry bodies and advocacy activities
  • Four of the commodity groups now have live websites
  • Other activities by the commodity groups include newsletters and AGMs which can be attended by members