Right to Farm Policy

The NSW Government has developed a comprehensive, State-wide approach to deal with the issue of 'right to farm'.

The concept of 'right to farm' has multiple facets, but the common interpretation – and the one used in this policy - relates to a desire by farmers to undertake lawful agricultural practices without conflict or interference arising from complaints from neighbours and other land users.

This policy brings together a suite of responses including:

  • Reinforcing rights and responsibilities
  • Establishing a baseline and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of land use conflicts
  • Strengthening land use planning » ensuring ongoing reviews of relevant environmental planning instruments include consideration of options to ensure best land use outcomes and to minimise conflicts
  • Improving education and awareness on management of land use conflicts » considering potential future legislative options, should additional Government intervention be required.