About the funding scheme
From 1 July 2010, the Grains, Seeds and Hay Industry Funding Scheme (IFS) commenced to address biosecurity threats relevant to the WA grains/seed/hay industry.
The scheme uses funding arrangements authorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), whereby contributions are collected from the WA grains/seed/hay industry. These contributions replace those traditionally paid to the Skeleton Weed Trust Fund that was authorised under the Plant Pest & Diseases (Eradication Funds) Act 1974.
The regulations enabling the Grains, Seeds and Hay IFS were published in the Western Australian Government Gazette No. 86 (21 May 2010) and amended on 2 March 2012 (Gazette No. 30). Both of these documents can be found on the Western Australian Legislation website.
The Minister for Agriculture and Food has approved the Grains, Seeds and Hay IFS 2018/2019 area of operation and contribution rate. Notice was published in the Western Australian Government Gazette, which can be found on the Western Australian Legislation website.
From 1 July 2018, the scheme collects a contribution from producers of 25 cents per tonne of grain and seed, and 12.5 cents per tonne of hay. The contribution applies only to the first sale of produce grown in the agricultural areas of WA*.
The contributions fund programs to manage skeleton weed and eradicate three-horned bedstraw, and may also be used to manage potential future incursions of other pests/diseases that are a priority to the industry. During 2018/18, the scheme will operate in the agricultural areas of WA*.
*The scheme operates in the agricultural areas of the State, which are defined to include all local government districts of WA except for those comprising the Kimberley (Broome, Halls Creek, Derby-West Kimberley and Wyndham-East Kimberley) and the pastoral area (Ashburton, Carnarvon, Coolgardie, Cue, Dundas, East Pilbara, Exmouth, Laverton, Leonora, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Meekatharra, Menzies, Mount Magnet, Murchison, Ngaanyatjarraku, Port Hedland, Roebourne, Sandstone, Shark Bay, Upper Gascoyne, Wiluna and Yalgoo).