Grain industry funding schemes

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2013-2014 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.

Grain 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

More information about deduction rate changes.

The SAGIT grain research fund is replaced by the Primary Industry Funding Scheme (Grain Research and Development Fund) Regulations 2013  and the Wheat Marketing Act 1989 was repealed at the time of the commencement of the new fund.

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 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 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.

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 (DOC 314.5 KB). The Grain 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. See more information on the SAGIT website.

Fund administrator and management plan

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries acts as the administrator of both Funds. The Grain Industry Fund management plan (DOC 314.5 KB) 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


The Eyre Peninsula Grain Growers Rail Fund was established under the Primary Industry Funding Schemes Act 1998 in 2006 to raise a $2 million grain grower contribution to a joint industry and government grains logistics infrastructure upgrade program costing about $43 million.

Each year, the contribution was reviewed, having regard to the amount raised in the preceding harvest. The rate was reduced to ten cents per tonne for the 2010/11 harvest and then zero for the 2011/12 and all subsequent harvests. Even then, an excellent grains season in 2010/11 resulted in the fund exceeding its target by approximately $500,000.

The Regulations that established the Fund allow the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries to apply the surplus to projects that benefit of Eyre Peninsula grain growers.

$100,000 will be set aside for a feasibility study for an Eyre Peninsula-based multi-commodity port, with the remaining $400,000 yet to be allocated. Applications are 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.

How to apply


Eligible organisations: Local Government, non-government organisations and businesses with an existing or proposed presence on Eyre Peninsula.

Eligible projects: the fund is primarily intended to support sustainable economic development initiatives on Eyre Peninsula.

Applicants must have an ABN and be registered for GST purposes.

For the purpose of this fund, the Eyre Peninsula means the shaded area outlined in bold and shown on the map in Schedule 1.

Consideration will be given to applications from organisations that are located outside the Eyre Peninsula that are considered to have strong and identifiable interests on the Eyre Peninsula.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact of Regional Development Australia Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula, early in the project development to discuss the regionÂ’s priorities, the potential for financial and/or non-financial support for the project, and to access assistance on how to develop the project proposal.

More information

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

Submitting your application

Applications should be emailed to by close of business on Friday 29 November 2013.

The signed original should be posted to:
Mr John Cornish
Agribusiness and Regions Division
Primary Industries and Regions South Australia
GPO Box 1671
Adelaide SA 5001