Sheep Industry Fund

Transitioning to industry

The Sheep Industry Fund administration and governance is transitioning to Livestock SA in 2019–20.

Information on the new process.

Proposed contribution rate increase

A 12 cent increase to the Sheep Industry Fund contribution rate is proposed as one of three ways industry will fund the rebuild of the Dog Fence.

Information on the proposed increase

All sheep owners in South Australia contribute $0.55 per head to the Sheep Industry Fund when 5 or more sheep are sold for $5 per head or more.

The Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development is the administrator of the Sheep Industry Fund. The South Australian Sheep Advisory Group makes recommendations to the minister on spending priorities for the Fund.

Contributing to the fund

The sheep seller is responsible for paying contributions to the Fund unless a collection agent is involved.

Collection agents include:

  • stock agents
  • abattoirs
  • butchers.

Collection agents are responsible for contributing to the fund when they are involved in a sale.

Sheep vendors must confirm that the collection agent has made a contribution as they may become ineligible to take part in programs sponsored by the Sheep Industry Fund if the contribution has not been forwarded.

Sheep Industry Fund Approved 2019-20 Projects

The Minister has approved the release of $3.17 million from the Sheep Industry Fund in 2019-20 for projects to benefit South Australia’s sheep industry as recommended by the SA Sheep Advisory Group as follows:

Animal Health

  • Footrot Management Program - $754,905
  • Enhanced Abattoir Surveillance (EAS) Program - $439,114
  • Farm Biosecurity & Endemic Disease Management Program $239,675
  • National Sheep Health Declaration Booklet Printing - $14,310
  • Sheep Lice Compliance Program - $160,000
  • Toxoplasma Control & Prevention Program - $32,000


  • National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) Compliance Program - $372,095

Predator Control

  • Dog Fence Maintenance Program - $244,419
  • Biteback Wild Dog Control Program - $186,536
  • Wild Dog Trapper Program - $37,500
  • Box Flat Wild Dog Control Program - $5,100

Industry Advocacy

    Industry Advocacy - $399,484

Industry Development

  • Red Meat and Wool Growth Program - $150,000
  • Enhancing Mixed Farming Enterprise (EMFE) Project - $30,000
  • SheepConnect SA Communications - $32,000
  • Merino Sire Eating Quality Evaluation - $23,000
  • SA Sheep Expo 2020 - $11,500
  • Farm Gross Margin Guide Update 2020 - $5,600
  • WoolTAG Toolbox  - $5,000
  • Small projects - $30,000 (for details on how to apply for small projects see ‘How to access the fund’ below).

In addition to program funding, the Minister has also approved expenditure from the Sheep Industry Fund in 2019-20 for fund administration, advisory group expenses, refund payments and funding provisions relating to the transition of governance and administration to Livestock SA.

Details of actual fund expenditure will be published in the 2019-20 Sheep Industry Fund Annual Report and made available on the PIRSA website once this report has been tabled in Parliament.

How to access the fund

Expressions of interest for new projects are sought annually in January/February through the Stock Journal. Expressions are assessed by South Australian Sheep Advisory Group in March. Shortlisted expression of interest applicants will be notified and requested to complete and return a full funding application for assessment in May.

Proposals >$10,000 must be submitted during this formal submission period (February to May) or they will not be considered. Funding proposals <$10,000 however may be submitted at any time during the financial year for consideration.

More detail about funding guidelines and investment priorities is available in the Sheep Industry Fund Management Plan 2019-20 to 2023-24 (PDF 135.4 KB).

Enquiries should be directed to:

Luke Fitzgerald - Executive Officer, Sheep Advisory Group
PIRSA Biosecurity SA
Phone: (08) 8429 0862
33 Flemington Street, Glenside SA 5065

Contribution refunds

Requests can be made to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development for a refund of contributions. Refunds can only be requested from the preceding financial year.

To request a refund:

You are not entitled to any service or benefit from the fund for 2 years if you receive a refund.

Contribution forms

More information

The 2019-20 to 2023-24 Management Plan income estimate is based on national statistics available when it was finalised in early 2019.

The 2020-25 Management Plan income estimate will be reviewed in late 2019, using the available statistics and seasonal forecasts.

Sheep Industry Fund Annual Reports

Page Last Reviewed: 26 Aug 2019
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