Cattle owners who purchase electronic National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tags must pay $1.50 to the Cattle Industry Fund. Authorised tag suppliers collect and forward the money on behalf of the cattle owner.
Contributing to the fund
Authorised suppliers of NLIS devices must:
- complete a SA Cattle Industry Fund Contribution form ()
- send the form with the fund contribution to the address on the form.
Contribution forms and payments must be returned within 14 days of the end of each quarter:
Purchaser details of the NLIS device must be kept and made available for auditing if required.
Use of funds
The Fund is used to sponsor new and ongoing projects that will benefit the beef and dairy industries.
Funds have been used for projects focusing on:
- disease control and eradication activities
- trade risk management
- monitoring compliance with NLIS-Cattle
- development of future cattle producers.
How to access the fund
Expressions of interest for new projects are sought annually in February/March through the Stock Journal. Expressions are assessed by the South Australian Cattle Advisory Group (SA CAG) in April. Shortlisted expressions of interest will be notified and requested to complete and return a full funding application for assessment in May.
Priority is given to projects that:
- are based in South Australia
- help develop the cattle industry at farm level
- involve partnerships with appropriate stakeholders.
For more information or to submit applications contact:
SACAG Executive Officer
SA Cattle Industry Fund
PIRSA Biosecurity SA
33 Flemington Street
Glenside, SA 5065
Applications can be made for contributions from the preceding financial year to be refunded.
A cattle owner applying for a refund must:
- complete a Request for Refund form ()
- give documentary evidence that the contribution was paid e.g. a tax invoice from the authorised tag/device manufacturer.
Contributors are not entitled to any service or benefit from the fund for 5 years if you receive a refund.
The Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development is the administrator of the Cattle Industry Fund.
The South Australian Cattle Advisory Group (SA CAG) acts as the consultative committee for the Fund, and makes recommendations to the Minister on projects that should be sponsored, based on industry support.
Consultation strategies used include:
- producer and association submissions
- writing reports for industry and agri-political associations for discussion
- involving producers on technical and review sub-committees.