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Assistance, grants and tenders

​​​​​​​The Australian Government and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources provides grants and financial assistance programmes to Australian businesses and indivi​duals to help boost productivity and exports. Funding notices on this page do not include procurement for the department.

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Australian-China Agricultural Cooperation (ACACA) programme

The 2017 ACACA funding round is now open for applications.

Funds are available to promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture between Australia and China, develop the trading relationship and exchange scientific information to enhance cooperation and develop linkages between Australia and China.

Find out how to apply for an Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement grant.

Applications close at 5:00 pm (Canberra time, AEDT) on 10 March 2017.

Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation programme (ATMAC)

Grants are available to promote cooperation in accessing international markets.

Applications may be submitted for projects valued from $55,000 to $1.65 million (GST inclusive). There are no set funding rounds and applications for programme funding can be submitted at any time until 31 December 2018 or until all funds have been allocated.

Find out how to apply for an Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation grant.

Drought and rural assistance

Drought and rural assistance to help farmers and primary producers face an increasingly variable climate. Prepare for and manage the effects of drought and other challenges.

Managing Farm Risk Programme provides rebates for advice and assessments to help farmers prepare and apply for a new insurance policy that assists with the management of drought and other production and market risks.

Package Assisting Small Exporters

Package Assisting Small Exporters funds smaller exporters to help improve market access across the dairy, eggs, fish, horticultural, grain and meat sectors.

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Control tools and technologies for established pest animals and weeds programme

Grants available for the development of new or improved control tools and technologies to help farmers and land managers reduce the harmful impacts of established pest animals and weeds.

National Landcare Programme Sustainable Agriculture Small Grant Round 2015–16

Sustainable Agriculture Small Grant Round. Visit National Landcare Programme for details.​

Rural Research & Development for Profit

Rural R&D for Profit is a competitive grants programme for strategic research aimed at delivering real, practical outcomes for Australian primary producers, to improve farm gate productivity and profitability.​

Improved Access to Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals

The Assistance grants – Improved access to industry priority uses of agvet chemicals grants program is designed to help with the generation of sufficient data to support applications to the APVMA for agvet chemical uses identified as a priority through a collaborative process. The programme will provide short-term relief to producers while longer-term solutions are developed and implemented through broader reforms.

Australia–China Agriculture Cooperation Agreement

ACACA programme funds activities to enhance agricultural cooperation between Australia and China, including technical exchanges, training programs, conferences, missions, workshops, information exchanges or programs, officer secondments, industry scoping missions and feasibility studies. Applications for the 2017 ACACA funding round will open in late 2017.

Carbon Farming Future Program

Carbon Farming Initiative

Carbon Farming Initiative was replaced by the Emissions Reduction Fund that came into effect on 13 December 2014.

Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture

The Science and Innovation awards encourage young scientists, researchers and innovators with original projects that aim to keep Australia’s rural industries sustainable and profitable. Industry award applications open in the third quarter of each year.

Natural Resource Management Grants

Innovation grants of $250 000–1.5 million were available to help producers and fishers gain knowledge and capacity to adopt innovative production, resource management and supply chain management practices and processes, that will improve the productivity and sustainability of resource-based industries. Funded projects are to be completed by 30 June 2016.

Other grants and financial assistance opportunities

Funding opportunities and more grants are available at:

Grants reporting

We publish a grants report each year, as part of our reporting requirements, which details individual grants issued by the department.

Tenders

We advertise all open approaches to market on AusTender for procurement of goods and services.

AusTender, the Australian Government tender system, centralises the publication of business opportunities and mandatory reporting of Contract Notices and Standing Offer Notices with a value of $10 000 or more.

Register your areas of business interest in your AusTender profile to receive notification via email of the latest opportunities as they are published.

The Department of Finance publishes details about how we manage government procurement.​

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