Cattle Industry Fund

Cattle owners who purchase electronic National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tags must pay $1.50 to the Cattle Industry Fund. Authorised tag suppliers collect and forward the money on behalf of the cattle owner.

Contributing to the fund

Authorised suppliers of NLIS devices must:

  1. complete a SA Cattle Industry Fund Contribution form (DOC 160.0 KB)
  2. send the form with the fund contribution to the address on the form.

Contribution forms and payments must be returned within 14 days of the end of each quarter:

  • September
  • December
  • March
  • June

Purchaser details of the NLIS device must be kept and made available for auditing if required.

Approved 2018–19 Projects

The Minister has approved the release of $579,000 from the Cattle Industry Fund in 2018-19 for programs and projects to benefit South Australia's beef and dairy cattle industries as recommended by the SA Cattle Advisory Group as follows:

Maintaining market access and securing new markets, and efficient and sustainable production ($328,190)

  • Johne’s Disease Management Program – Cattle (BJD) - $67,258
  • National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) Compliance Program – Cattle - $260,932

Advocacy ($245,000)

  • Livestock SA Contribution - $200,000
  • SA Dairyfarmers Association Contribution - $45,000

Business management and skills development ($6,000)

  • SA Junior Heifer Expo 2018 - $2,500
  • SA Dairy Youth Development Program 2019 - $3,500

In addition to the above program and project funding, the Minister has also approved expenditure from the Cattle Industry Fund in 2018-19 for fund administration, advisory group expenses and refund payments.

Details of actual fund expenditure will be published in the 2018-19 Cattle 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 February/March through the Stock Journal. Expressions are assessed by the South Australian Cattle Advisory Group (SA CAG) in April. Shortlisted expressions of interest will be notified and requested to complete and return a full funding application for assessment in May.

Priority is given to projects that:

  • are based in South Australia
  • help develop the cattle industry at farm level
  • involve partnerships with appropriate stakeholders.

For more information or to submit applications contact:

Luke Fitzgerald
SACAG Executive Officer
SA Cattle Industry Fund
PIRSA Biosecurity SA
33 Flemington Street
Glenside, SA 5065


Contribution refunds

Applications can be made for contributions from the preceding financial year to be refunded.

A cattle owner applying for a refund must:

Contributors are not entitled to any service or benefit from the fund for 5 years if you receive a refund.

Fund administrator

The Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development is the administrator of the Cattle Industry Fund.

The South Australian Cattle Advisory Group (SA CAG) acts as the consultative committee for the Fund, and makes recommendations to the Minister on projects that should be sponsored, based on industry support.

Consultation strategies used include:

  • producer and association submissions
  • writing reports for industry and agri-political associations for discussion
  • involving producers on technical and review sub-committees.

Contribution forms

More information

Cattle Industry Fund Annual Reports

Page Last Reviewed: 07 Mar 2019
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