Farm Management Grants
What assistance is available?
The Farm Management Grants Scheme supports primary producers in developing a Farm Business Resilience Plan, recognising risks associated with production, including climate and weather (such as drought), as well as biosecurity and natural resource management and business risks including financial and market factors.
While these rebates are available to offset the cost of seeking eligible professional advice, they are not available to cover the costs of activities to implement the advice. A QRIDA Drought Preparedness Grant or Sustainability Loan may be available for implementation activities.
Am I eligible?
Eligible Queensland primary producers can now apply for a rebate of 50 per cent, to a maximum of $2,500, for the costs of advice in developing a Farm Business Resilience Plan. These plans are intended to assist producers in identifying risks, such as drought, for their property and outlining the steps necessary to respond to those risks.
Farm Business Resilience Plans help producers to:
- recognise risks associated with production, including climate and weather (such as drought)
- identify business risks, including financial and market factors, and how to respond to those risks and
- understand personal risks such as workplace health and safety.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) offer a free Farm Business Resilience Plan template. Visit their website to download and complete your plan.
To be eligible for assistance, you must:
- be a primary producer as defined in the guidelines
- have paid for the eligible professional advice
- have received the eligible professional advice from 11 November 2021
- have received the eligible professional advice from a suitably qualified adviser(s) who:
- is not the applicant
- does not have an actual or perceived conflict of interest with the applicant and
- is not employed by an entity owned or partially owned by the applicant.
Take this example...
Jamie is a beef producer in Rockhampton. Knowing the region frequently experiences long periods of drought, they want to ensure the enterprise can last through the next long stretch.
Wanting to know what the business would need to become more drought prepared, they decide the best way would be to engage professional advice from a consultant to help them compile a Farm Business Resilience Plan.
Hearing of the Farm Management Grants being administered by QRIDA, Jamie knows they can apply for up to $2,500 (up to 50% of the cost of the advice) to help pay for eligible advice. After paying for the consultant’s advice upfront, Jamie decides to apply for the grant.
Even though the property isn’t in a drought declared area, Jamie is approved for the grant after meeting the eligibility criteria. Jamie now has a plan that they can use to apply for further drought assistance if they need it.
While these rebates are available to offset the cost of seeking eligible professional advice, they are not available to cover the costs of activities to implement the advice. A Drought Preparedness Grant or a QRIDA Sustainability Loan may be available for implementation activities.
Applications can be submitted via the QRIDA portal. This program is jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments.
Frequently asked questions
The content required in the Farm Business Resilience Plan is outlined in the Farm Management Grants guidelines.
No. Rebates are only available to help offset the cost of seeking eligible professional advice to develop a Farm Business Resilience Plan.
Yes. However, you must be operating separate primary production enterprise under separate Australian Business Numbers (ABN). You must have paid for and received separate advice from an eligible professional for each commercial agricultural property.
Primary producer means:
- a sole trader who spends the majority of his or her labour on, and derives the majority of his or her income from a primary production enterprise; or
- in relation to a partnership, proprietary company or trust that carries on a primary production enterprise, any partner in the partnership, shareholder in the company or trustee of the trust who spends the majority of their labour on, and derives the majority of their income from, the primary production enterprise.
Grant funding is not guaranteed at any stage of the application process and QRIDA is only able to approve applications subject to the availability of funds.