Grain industry funding schemes

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2014-2015 Grain Harvest Deductions

When grain is sold, the purchaser is required to deduct the amounts as shown below. This applies only to grain grown in South Australia. The rates are unchanged from the 2013-2014 financial year.

Grain Industry Research and Development Fund

  • 30 cents per tonne from the proceeds of sale of all grain purchased on or after 8 August 2013.

Grain Industry Fund

  • 20 cents per tonne from the proceeds of sale of all grain purchased on or after 22 November 2012.

Remittance statement forms for grain purchasers

When paying money for the Fund you ha’ve collected from growers, use these forms:

Both funds require the purchaser of grain to remit deductions by the 28th day of the month following the month the grain was purchased.

Changes to the Legislation governing the funding schemes

The Minister may make changes to the prescribed rates for deductions by Ministerial Notice in the Government Gazette.

More information about deduction rate changes.

Definition of grain

Grains include cereals and course grains, oilseeds and pulses (including wheat, barley, triticale, canola, oats, rye, field peas, lupins, pulses (eg lentils, beans, chickpeas), safflower seed, linseed, maize, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, rapeseed, rice, millet, canary seed, and cottonseed.

Grains do not include small pasture seeds including medic, lucerne and clover seeds.

These grains are as defined in the Primary Industry Funding Scheme (Grain Industry Fund) Regulations 2012 and the Primary Industry Funding Scheme (Grain Industry Research and Development Fund) Regulations 2013.

Refund of contributions

Purchasers of grain are required to deduct the prescribed amount from the proceeds of grain sales, but growers can request a refund of their contributions deducted on their behalf by the grain purchaser, hence this is a voluntary (opt-out) contribution scheme.

Growers must notify the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries to do this. The Minister's address is C/- Prudential and Rural Financial Services, GPO Box 1671, Adelaide, South Australia, 5001. Documented evidence of the amounts paid to each levy must be provided with the refund request.

If a refund is received, growers are not entitled to receive direct benefits or services from the Fund. The body to which payments are made out of the fund may receive information identifying grain growers on whose behalf contributions have been paid or who have been refunded contributions.

What the grain industry fund contributions are used for

The Grain Industry Fund provides funding for projects and services to the grains industry in accordance with the Grain Industry Fund Management Plan (PDF 115.8 KB). The Grain Industry Research and Development Fund is used by the South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) for research into growing, harvesting, storage, processing and marketing of grain, in accordance with the Grain Industry Research and Development Fund Management Plan  (PDF 79.3 KB).  See more information on the SAGIT website.

Fund administrator and management plans

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries ishe administrator of both Funds. The Grain Industry Fund Management Plan (PDF 115.8 KB) and the Grain Industry Research and Development Fund Management Plan  (PDF 79.3 KB) documents aims to address how the fund is governed, how organisations may apply for funding, the types of activities that may be funded and how the industry and grain growers will be kept informed of the activities.

More information

More information about the grains industry funds is available in the:

Eyre Peninsula Grain Growers Rail Fund

Background

The Eyre Peninsula Grain Growers Rail Fund was established for the purpose of funding a grower contribution of $2 million to the cost of upgrading the rail system on the Eyre Peninsula. 

The Regulations that established the Fund allow the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries to apply surplus funds of around $500,000 to be applied to those projects that benefit of Eyre Peninsula grain growers.

After a call for applications to the fund, $100,000 has been allocated to a feasibility study for an Eyre Peninsula-based multi-commodity port, with the remaining $400,000 for other Eyre Peninsula based projects. Applications were invited from the Eyre Peninsula grains industry to determine the most appropriate distribution of approximately $400,000 of grower funding, ensuring contributions are reinvested back into the local community. All funds are now allocated.

 

More information

For inquiries about this Fund please telephone Mr John Cornish, PIRSA Agribusiness and Regions on (08) 8207 2361.