Grain Industry Funds

Grain Industry Fund deductions

The Grain Industry Fund provides funding for projects and services to the grains industry in accordance with the Grain Industry Fund Management Plan (PDF 437.4 KB or DOCX 248.3 KB) .

The South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) uses the Grain Industry Research and Development Fund for research into grain:

  • growing
  • harvesting
  • storage
  • processing
  • marketing.

SAGIT does this in accordance with the Grain Industry Research and Development Fund Management Plan (PDF 382.0 KB or DOCX 74.1 KB) .

More information is available on the SAGIT website.

Deduction amounts

When grain is sold, the purchaser is required to deduct the amounts as shown on this page.

This only applies to grain grown in South Australia.

Grain Industry Research and Development Fund:

  • 30 cents per tonne from the proceeds of sale of all grain purchased on or after 8 August 2013.

Grain Industry Fund:

  • 20 cents per tonne from the proceeds of sale of all grain purchased on or after 22 November 2012.

Remittance statement forms for grain purchasers

Both funds require the grain purchaser to remit deductions by the 28th day of the month following the month the grain was purchased.

Use these forms when you are paying money to the fund that you have collected from growers:

Send your forms to:

Prudential and Rural Financial Services
Primary Industries & Regions SA
GPO Box 1671
Adelaide SA 5001

Email: pirsa.grainfunds@sa.gov.au

Apply to pay your remittance quarterly or yearly

You can apply to pay your contributions on a quarterly or yearly basis.

Approvals will only be given if:

  • your remittance of contributions are up to date
  • the grain purchaser is not seen to be exploiting the guidelines
  • we are satisfied that your total annual turnover of contributions do not exceed these limits:
    • less than $7,000 (up to 5,000 tonnes) paid annually
    • between $7,000 and $15,000 (5,001 to 15,000 tonnes) paid quarterly
    • more than $15,000 (more than 15,001 tonnes) paid monthly.

Contact Dave Lewis to apply to pay your remittance quarterly or yearly:

Dave Lewis, PIRSA Agriculture, Food and Wine
Phone: (08) 8429 0472
Email: dave.lewis@sa.gov.au

Definition of grain

These grains are as defined in the:

Grains include cereals and course grains, and oilseeds and pulses including:

  • barley
  • canary seed
  • canola
  • cottonseed
  • field peas
  • grain sorghum
  • linseed
  • lupins
  • maize
  • millet
  • oats
  • triticale
  • pulses (eg lentils, beans, chickpeas)
  • rapeseed
  • rice
  • rye
  • safflower seed
  • soybeans
  • sunflower seed
  • wheat.

Grains do not include small pasture seeds including:

  • clover seeds
  • lucerne
  • medic.

Refund of contributions

Purchasers of grain are required to deduct the prescribed amount from the proceeds of grain sales.

However, growers can request a refund of their contributions deducted on their behalf by the grain purchaser, hence this is a voluntary (opt-out) contribution scheme.

Growers must notify the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries to do this.

You must provide documented evidence of the amounts paid to each levy with your refund request.

The Minister's address is:

C/- Prudential and Rural Financial Services
GPO Box 1671, Adelaide
South Australia, 5001.

Growers are not entitled to receive direct benefits or services from the fund if they receive a refund.

The body to which payments are made out of the fund may receive information identifying grain growers on whose behalf contributions have been paid or who have been refunded contributions.

Changes to the legislation governing the funding schemes

The Minister may make changes to the prescribed rates for deductions by Ministerial Notice in the Government Gazette.

The Primary Industry Funding Scheme (Grain Industry Research and Development Fund) Regulations 2013 establishing the new Grain Research and Development Fund is published in the South Australian Government Gazette (Number 48, page 3396).

The Regulation establishes a prescribed rate for grain purchased on or after of 8 August 2013 of 30 cents per tonne for the Grain Research and Development Fund.

Fund administrator and management plans

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries is the administrator of both funds.

More information about the grains industry funds is available in the:

The plans aim to address:

  • how the fund is governed
  • how organisations may apply for funding
  • the types of activities that may be funded
  • how the industry and grain growers will be kept informed of the activities.

About the Grain Industry Fund Management Plan

Grain growers, industry associations and other grain industry interests have indicated their preferences for the funding scheme through public meetings, an online questionnaire and other means of consultation.

The initial five-year management plan has been drafted based on the consensus of views provided through the consultation process. The process was conducted by a consultant appointed for the purpose, Mr Neil Howells.

The Primary Industry Funding Scheme Act 1998 requires the five-year Management Plan to be annually reviewed.

The Management Plan was released at a public meeting on 29 October 2012.

Page Last Reviewed: 20 Jul 2016
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