Grants Update – On Farm Connectivity Program

Grants Update – On Farm Connectivity Program

Grants Update – On Farm Connectivity Program

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Overview

This program aims to assist primary producers to take advantage of digital agribusiness solutions to boost productivity and improve safety. It forms part of the $656 million Better Connectivity Plan which is improving mobile and broadband connectivity and resilience in communities across the country.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Extend digital connectivity and take advantage of advanced farming technology.
  • Enhance a primary producers’ capacity to implement digital agribusiness solutions through improved connectivity.
  • Capitalise on the agricultural sector’s potential for increased productivity and growth.
  • Support access to new communications equipment by offsetting some of the cost.

Rebates between $3,000 and $30,000 (GST exclusive) are available offsetting 50% of the cost of eligible equipment item/s listed at Appendix B of the Guidelines.

A total funding pool of $30 million is available, of which $15 million is allocated in 2023-24 or until funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first.

Applicants can claim more than one rebate where the eligible primary producer has multiple properties with a separate ABN for each primary production property.

Applicants must submit the application and submit the claim for rebate by 31 May 2024.

Eligible Activities

Eligible expenditure include:

  • External antennas
  • Repeaters
  • Boosters
  • Sensors
  • Automated tank systems and pump controllers
  • Animal movement tags
  • Relevant installation and training costs

Eligible projects must:

  • Assist primary producers to take advantage of agribusiness solutions to boost productivity and improve safety.
  • Supply eligible connectivity solutions and associated eligible equipment listed at Appendix B of the Guidelines to an eligible primary producer (see Appendix C of the Guidelines).
  • Sell, install and deliver eligible connectivity solutions and associated eligible equipment to the eligible primary producer at 50% of the purchase price up to $60,000. Will consider outperforming arcDUG status. Primary producers may spend more than $60,000, and there is no limit to the amount they may spend, however the rebate will not exceed $30,000.
  • Have at least $6,000 (GST exclusive) in total eligible expenditure.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible expenditure.

Who Can Apply ?

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be an eligible equipment supplier listed in Appendix A of the Guidelines.
  • Supply an eligible connectivity solution and the associated eligible equipment as listed in Appendix B of the Guidelines to an eligible primary producer (as defined in Appendix C of the Guidelines).
  • Be able to supply the eligible connectivity solution and associated eligible equipment to the eligible primary producer within 60 days of the sale/purchase.
  • Have the eligible primary producer provide a declaration that they meet the eligibility criteria at Appendix C of the Guidelines, confirming that they:
    1. Are a registered business and have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
    2. Have an annual average gross income (i.e. total revenue before expenses and tax) from primary production of between $40,000 and $2 million. Annual average income is calculated as the average of the previous three full financial years’ income for each ABN.
    3. Are not a hobby farmer.
    4. Operate an eligible primary production activity listed at Appendix D of the Guidelines.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete eligibility requirements.

https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/on-farm-connectivity-program#key-documents

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Grants Update – NSW Farmer Drought Ready and Resilient Fund

Grants Update – NSW Farmer Drought Ready and Resilient Fund

Grants Update – NSW Farmers Drough Ready and Resilient Fund

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Drought Ready and Resilient Fund Announced

The NSW Government has committed $250 million to establish the Drought Ready and Resilient Fund (DRRF), an initiative designed to bolster the resilience of NSW farmers to future adverse weather events and climatic conditions, such as drought.

Through the DRRF, eligible primary producers can apply for a low interest loan of up to $250,000 which can be repaid over a period of 5 or 10 years.

The loan can be used to fund a broad range of products, activities and services, including:

  • the purchase and transportation of fodder and water
  • livestock feeding equipment
  • veterinary and animal welfare professional services
  • genetic banking
  • fencing and containment pens
  • shade structures
  • planting of trees
  • farm income diversification projects
  • pest and weed control
  • solar power conversion
  • soil conservation and earthworks
  • training and development
  • infrastructure repairs and maintenance
  • the purchase and installation of new on-farm infrastructure.

The Drought Ready and Resilient Fund loan will be administered by the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA). Program guidelines have been attached.

Applications will open at 10am on Friday 1 December 2023.

In addition, the NSW Government has confirmed that the Farm Innovation Fund is being refocused and will now be known as the Drought Infrastructure Fund. Under the Drought Infrastructure Fund, eligible producers can still apply for a loan up to $1 million with a 2.5% fixed interest rate and a 20-year repayment period.

We are compiling an updated client list to assess client eligibility and/or interest in the above, and will reach out in due course.

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Grants Update – Farm Business Resilience Program

Grants Update – Farm Business Resilience Program

Grants Update – Farm Business Resilience Program

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Overview

This program aims to provide farmers with the opportunity to develop a plan for their farm business. It forms part of the Australian Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund under the Farm Business Resilience Program.

The Future Drought Fund provides secure, continuous funding for drought resilience initiatives. It will help Australian farms and communities prepare for the impacts of drought.

The program includes short courses, workshops, webinars, field days and farms walks to suit the varying needs of farmers and community groups. It will also offer farmers the following:

  • Assessment of the business’s performance, to identify opportunities to build resilience and help track progress.
  • Support to develop or update farm business plans, tailored to the farms.
  • Access to one-on-one professional advice on the plan.
  • Practical tools and resources to take back to the farm.
  • Follow-up support post program.

The program covers the following topics:

  • Profitable decision-making
  • Business and workforce planning
  • Managing people on farm
  • Feed budgeting and stock containment areas
  • Climate adaption
  • Biosecurity
  • Market analysis
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Farm safety

A total funding pool of $16 million was committed by the Australian Government towards the roll out of the foundational year. Applicants can include group-mart configured references. A further $60 million was announced in the 2021-22 Federal Budget for the next three years.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include subsidised learning and development opportunities so applicants can:

  • Upskill their strategic farm business management and planning approaches to best-practice industry standards.
  • Use data to understand their farm business’s strategic risks and improve decision making.
  • Learn about innovation and diversification options, new farming practices, systems and markets.
  • Think about succession planning and learn new ways to manage people and time.

Who Can Apply ?

Eligible applicants include Victorian livestock, grain and mixed farmers as well as all young farmers.

Phone: 136186
Email: drought.support@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Program Website: https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/farm-management/managing-for-and-during-drought/farm-business-resilience-program#

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Grants Update – NSW Sheep and Goat eID Rebate Scheme

Grants Update – NSW Sheep and Goat eID Rebate Scheme

NSW Sheep and Goat eID Rebate Scheme: Rebates for Electronic Identification Equipment

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NSW Sheep and Goat eID Rebate Scheme

Primary producers, stock and station agents, saleyards and processors in NSW can now apply for a rebate to supplement the purchase and installation of eID systems and equipment for sheep and farmed goats, which will become mandatory practice nation-wide.

  • Primary producers can apply for a 50% rebate, up to $11,250 for an auto drafter that is fitted with a panel reader and related software, and/or up to $4,000 for readers and related software only.
  • Stock and station agents can apply for a 50% rebate, up to $2,000, for pocket or stick eID readers, and purchase, installation and training for software connected to sheep and goat eID infrastructure.
  • Saleyards can apply for a 100% rebate, up to $790,000 for eID readers, auto drafters, structural modifications, connectivity infrastructure, eID hardware and software as well as training, project planning and design consultants.
  • Processors can apply for a 50% rebate, up to $97,000 for eID readers, hardware, connectivity infrastructure and related trainings and software.

Eligible purchases and installations undertaken since 15 December 2022 can be claimed. Program guidelines are provided on the RAA website and include detailed eligibility criteria.

We encourage you not to self-assess eligibility and to seek advice from a Rural Financial Counsellor or contact the RAA should you require any further information before applying. You can also contact us at Plus 1 Group and we can get the ball rolling.

Please note that funding is limited and applications will be considered in order of date received.

For more information, visit the RAA website, call our team on (03)58333000, call RAA on 1800 678 593 or email rural.assist@raa.nsw.gov.au.

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Flood Support For Clients

Flood Support For Clients

Flood Support For Clients

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Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) is a lump sum payment to assist those who have been significantly affected by the October 2022 Victorian and New South Wales Floods.

To be eligible for the payment, you must be in a Local Government Area (LGA) that’s been declared a disaster and must meet all other relevant criteria provided on the Services Australia website.

For further eligibility requirements please follow the link; Who is Eligible

The payment is to assist with major damage to your property or other assets (not minor inconveniences), such as; your property has been destroyed or must be demolished, it’s been declared structurally unsound, the flood has caused major damage to the interior or has exposed the interior to the elements, or sewage has gotten inside.

Providing you are eligible you will receive:

– $1000 per adult

– $400 for each child younger than 16.

To apply, please follow the link; How to Claim

If your income has been affected as a direct result of the Floods, you may also be able to get the Disaster Recovery Allowance.

Disaster Recovery Allowance

The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is a short term payment to support those who have had their income affected, as a direct result of the Victorian and New South Wales Floods.

To be eligible you must earn less than the average Australian weekly income ($1,737.10) in the weeks after your income loss and must meet all other relevant criteria provided on the Services Australia website.

For further eligibility requirements, please follow the link Who is Eligible

The maximum payment is 13 weeks and is equivalent to the rate of the JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance, depending on your personal circumstances. The payment will start from the date you started losing income, as a direct result of the Floods that started on 6 October 2022.

To apply, please follow the link; How to Claim

Emergency Re-establishment Assistance fund – Victoria

The Emergency Re-establishment Assistance fund was announced by the Premier, aimed at supporting Victorian families who have been impacted by the floods. The payment will provide up to $42,250 for uninsured properties to help with repairs and rebuilding/replacing household contents, to help restore the lives & households of many people who have been impacted by this devastating event.

Further details on this assistance is still to come.

Waste & Disposal Fees – Victoria

The Government in collaboration with councils and the waste industry are also working together to ensure that all impacted communities have access to a facility or site to dispose of their waste quickly and safely.

The gate fee and waste levy for flood waste, will be waived for the following worst-affected local government areas, ensuring all flood waste can be disposed of at landfill free of charge;

The waiver will be available until 31 December 2022,

Alpine Shire Council

Ararat Rural City Council

Banyule City Council

Benalla Rural City Council

Boroondara Council

Brimbank City Council

Buloke Shire Council

Campaspe Shire Council

Central Goldfields Shire Council

City of Ballarat

City of Greater Geelong

Colac Otway Shire Council

Corangamite Shire Council

Gannawarra Shire Council

Glenelg Shire

Golden Plains Shire Council

Greater Bendigo City Council

Greater Shepparton City Council

Hepburn Shire Council

Horsham Rural City Council

Hume City Council

Indigo Shire Council

Loddon Shire Council

Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Manningham City Council

Mansfield Shire Council

Maribyrnong City Council

Melbourne City Council

Mitchell Shire Council

Moira Shire Council

Moonee Valley City Council

Moorabool Shire Council

Mount Alexander Shire Council

Moyne Shire

Murrindindi Shire Council

Northern Grampians Shire Council

Pyrenees Shire Council

Strathbogie Shire Council

Swan Hill Rural City Council

Wangaratta Rural City Council

Warrnambool City Council

Whittlesea Council

Wodonga Council

Wyndham City Council

Yarra Ranges Council

Yarriambiack Shire Council

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COVID-19 Financial Support

COVID-19 Financial Support

COVID-19 Financial Support

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With COVID-19 cases rising and more and more people affected we take a look at financial support available to businesses and individuals.

COVID-19 Financial Support

Support for Businesses

COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate:

A rebate of up to 80 per cent of cleaning costs up to a maximum of $10,000.

Eligibility:
  • operate from a worksite or premises in Victoria where a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19
  • have undertaken a ‘deep clean’ or ‘decontamination clean’ of the affected worksite
  • have evidence of the expenditure
  • hold an ABN
  • have an annual payroll of less than $3 million
  • be registered with WorkSafe if employing people.
Closing date: Ongoing/until funds are fully exhausted
Supporting Documentation
  • Invoice or payment notice
  • Evidence of payment
  • WorkSafe Certificate of Currency (if your business employs people OR Proof of identity (if your business does not employ people)
  • Evidence of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 Case

Support for Individuals & Employees

COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment:

A $450 payment to support Victorian workers, including parents and guardians, who are required to self-isolate while they wait for results of their polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test. For More Information

COVID-19 Disaster Payment:

A lump sum payment to help workers unable to work or earn income due to a COVID-19 state or territory public health order. This may involve a lockdown, hotspot or movement restrictions. Lump sum payments range from $250-$750. For More Information

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

A one-off payment to help Victorian workers who have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine for 7+ days, or care for someone who has been directed to self-isolate or quarantine. The payment is $750 for 7 days. Alternatively, a positive person who is required to isolate for 10 days, will be able to apply for two payments of $750 each (as the payment is not pro rata). For More Information.

For further support and assistance visit Coronavirus.vic.gov.au

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