Assistance grants – Access to industry priority uses of agvet chemicals grants programme

​​Rounds 1 and 2 have now closed. Round 3 opened on 1 August 2017 and will close at 2 pm (AEDT) on 15 December 2017

Access to safe and effective agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals is important to Australian agricultural and livestock industries, the community and the environment. The Australian Government has committed $8 million over four years from 2014-15 to 2017-18 to help farmers gain improved access to agvet chemicals. A number of activities are underway to deliver this commitment, including the grants programme and a collaborative forum.

The collaborative forum was established to allow producers to more effectively share their agvet chemical access needs with each other, research and development corporations (RDCs), peak bodies and chemical companies. The cross-industry agreed list of priority needs for agricultural chemical uses is available through the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and other plant industry RDCs. For more information, or if you wish to become involved with the forum, please contact the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Horticulture Innovation Australia, Grains Research and Development Corporation; Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Wine Australia or Growcom.


The programme will provide funding to assist with data generation to support an application to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) that seeks to gain, maintain or broaden access to priority uses of agvet chemicals identified by the collaborative forum.


Up to $1.7 million was available in Round 1 (2015-16). Up to $2.44 million was available in Round 2 (2016-17). 100 projects were funded in both rounds.

A third funding round opened on 1 August 2017 until 2 pm (AEDT) 15 December 2017. Successful grant recipients are expected to be announced early in 2018.

Who can apply

The grants programme is open to applications from the 15 rural RDCs.

If you would like to discuss delivering a priority use or propose a partner arrangement with an RDC, contact details can be found at the Rural Research and Development Corporations website. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will liaise with the applicant only. Any communication with partners is the responsibility of the applicant.

How to apply

Round 3 opened on 1 August 2017, and will close at 2pm (AEDT) on 15 December 2017

The grant programme guidelines​ set out the eligibility and assessment criteria and other important information.

One RDC will be the applicant for each project proposal (‘the applicant’). The RDCs are experienced commissioners and managers of R&D for their portfolio industries. They regularly work with research partners and have contract, intellectual property and other relevant policy and procedures in place.

Applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application following completion of the assessment process.

Assessment of applications

The merits of eligible applications will be assessed by an expert assessment panel comprising officers from the department, the APVMA and senior industry members. Only eligible applications will be assessed.

Following the assessment and ministerial decision process outlined in the grant guidelines, applicants will be advised whether their project will be funded and contract negotiations will begin with grantees.

Contact us

Email: AGVET Access Grants