A nationally consistent approach to Farm Debt Mediation (FDM)

At the Agricultural Finance Forum held on 23 September 2014, the former Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, pledged to investigate the need for a nationally consistent approach to Farm Debt Mediation (FDM).

Currently, only New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have legislated FDM schemes in place. South Australia uses a voluntary scheme (the SA Farm Finance Strategy) in combination with the Farming Industry Dispute Resolution Code. Western Australia also operates a voluntary scheme.

The Australian Government is consulting with state and territory governments about developing a harmonised approach.

Further information on established state government approaches to FDM can found at: