The Victorian Government has announced a proposal to overhaul planning laws for animal farming, to “simplify planning requirements for animal based farming and improve the consistency of how the rules are applied.”

The proposal re-defines the thresholds of stocking density and feeding methods that divide low or high intensity animal farms, and reforms regulations. Mid-sized pig and poultry farmers are most affected, but the proposal does not apply to pre-existing buildings or equipment.

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) have condemned the proposal, claiming that it does not support small scale commercial farmers. AFSA say that the new definition of small-scale farms would not cover many low impact operations, and subjects small scale poultry and pig farms to more scrutiny and compliance costs than high intensity cattle feedlots.

Feedback on the proposal can be sent to planning.systems@delwp.vic.gov.au until Tuesday 14 November 2017

Read more about the proposal here

Read AFSA’s full response here