Industry Funding Schemes
From 1 July 2010, three Industry Funding Schemes commenced to address biosecurity threats relevant to the grains/seeds/hay, sheep/goat, and cattle industries. The schemes use funding arrangements authorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act), whereby producers can raise funds to tackle priority pests and diseases.
An Industry Management Committee (IMC) oversees the management of each scheme. Members of the committees include participants in the schemes (that is, producers), appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Food.
In conjunction with the industry, the Management Committees determine which pest and disease threats require action, how best to deal with the threats, and what contributions will be needed from industry to tackle the problem. This allows producers to raise funds to self-manage serious pests and diseases that may threaten the viability and sustainability of their industries.
The regulations enabling the Industry Funding Schemes are available at the State Law Publisher website.
The below schemes are current for 2018/19:
Producers continue to pay a 20 cent contribution on the sale of all cattle/carcasses produced within the State, with the proceeds being used to fund surveillance programs for Johne’s disease in cattle, enzootic bovine leucosis and bovine tuberculosis.
Sheep and goats
A 10 cent contribution on the sale of all sheep and goats (live or carcasses) produced within the State, in order to fund a program to control virulent footrot.
Grains, seeds and hay
A 25 cent contribution on the first sale of every tonne of grain and seed produced within the South West Land Division, and 12.5 cents per tonne on the first sale of every tonne of hay produced within the South West Land Division. The contributions will fund continuing programs to manage skeleton weed and eradicate three-horned bedstraw. No contribution will apply to the sale of straw.
Notice of the 2018/19 programs was published in the Western Australian Government Gazette. This document can be found by searching the State Law Publisher website.
Producers who wish to opt out of the Industry Funding Schemes in 2018/19 must have notified the Director General of the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia by submitting a 2018/19 notice of opt out form before 30 June 2018.