A grant of up to $5,000 GST exclusive, per eligible farming business is available to assist the implementation of on-farm infrastructure improvements, and/or undertake business planning or advice activities.

It is available to eligible farming business in the following areas;

Wellington and East Gippsland

Eligible farm businesses located in Wellington Shire and East Gippsland Shire.

Far North West Victoria – Millewa

Eligible dryland farm businesses located in the far north west corner of Victoria, generally known as the Millewa and surrounding areas.

This incorporates the following towns and locality areas in the Mildura Shire: Carwarp, Cullulleraine, Lindsay Point, Meringur, Merrinee, Neds Corner, Wargan and Werrimull.

Goulburn Murray Irrigation District

Eligible irrigation farm businesses, including those that have transitioned from irrigation production systems to dryland production since 1 July 2018, located in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID)

Eligibility

Eligible business decision making activities are those that will help farmers make decisions about how to manage drought conditions, reposition the farm business, improve on-farm practices or make a significant farm business change. The eligible activity must be purchased and undertaken on or after the 2 October 2019.

Business decision making activities include engaging professional services to:

  • Prepare, review or update strategic business plans
  • Undertake a whole farm plan
  • Undertake a business risk assessment
  • Engage in agronomic services, with the purpose of converting the farm to be more drought resilient, (e.g. pasture restoration or improvement plan, feed budgets for drought & managing soil).
  • Undertake business benchmarking
  • Undertake financial management assessment and planning
  • Undertake succession planning

Business decision making activities must be completed by a consultant who is a full member of a recognised professional body such as CPA, Chartered Accountants, Irrigation Surveyor and Designers Group, Ag Institute Australia.

Infrastructure investment (dollar for dollar co-contribution required)

Eligible infrastructure improvements are those that will improve drought preparedness and better position the farm business into the future. The eligible activity must be purchased and undertaken on or after the 2 October 2019.

Infrastructure improvements include the following:

  • Items to construct a new, or upgrade an existing Stock Contamination Area (SCA) – such as fencing, gates, troughs, piping, tanks, pumps & livestock feeders. SCA’s have specific design & sitting requirements that must be met.
  • Reticulated water systems using pumps, piping, tanks & troughs for livestock
  • Irrigation system upgrades (e.g. automated systems & irrigation pumps)
  • Drilling of new stock water bores and the associated power supply, e.g. generators & desalination plants
  • Desilting works of existing stock & domestic dams
  • Farm development to improve drought management efficiencies to farm production systems, (e.g. soil moisture monitoring, weather stations, telemetry sensor equipment).
  • Adoption of reduced tillage practices, including purchase and/or modification of equipment.
  • Grain & fodder storage (e.g. silos, bunkers & sheds)
  • Internal re-fencing to better match property layout with land capability
  • Fencing to keep out wildlife to protect crops & pastures
  • Pasture restoration & associated costs
  • Establishment of crops/ ground cover
  • Animal shelters
  • Upgrade of areas (e.g. laneway upgrades, repairs & expansion) to deliver lasting, direct productivity & profitability
  • Feeding system upgrades
  • Improving waste water systems
  • Permanent milk vat upgrades
  • Adoption of precision farming techniques
  • Mechanical seeding

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