How does a RBG differ to an Industry Funding Scheme?
An Industry Funding Scheme (IFS) is also a mechanism under the BAM Act for the control of declared pests. An IFS enables producers to raise their own funds for managing pests and diseases directly threatening the profitability and the competitiveness of enterprises in their industry.
An IFS is applied where industry is best able to control the declared pest and where in doing so, it substantially provides private benefit. It is funded completely by the industry with no funds from government. DPIRD may provide services to industry for delivery of control programs on a fee-for-service basis.
There are currently three IFSs in Western Australia:
- grains, seeds and hay
- sheep and goats
The Grains, Seeds and Hay IFS is currently focused on the control of skeleton weed and three-horned bedstraw. Both species are eradication targets for most of Western Australia.
An RBG differs in that it is intended to deliver both public and private benefit or good. On this basis, it can receive both public and private funding. In addition RBGs are generally focused on control of widespread and established species.