Cattle Industry Fund

Transitioning to industry

The Cattle Industry Fund administration and governance is transitioning to Livestock SA in 2019–20.

Information on the new process.


Cattle owners who purchase Permanent Identification Devices (tags) must pay $1.50 per tag to the Cattle Industry Fund. Authorised tag manufacturers and recyclers collect and forward the money to the Minister 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 2019–20 projects

The Minister has approved the release of $667,982 from the Cattle Industry Fund in 2019-20 for programs and projects to benefit South Australia's beef and dairy cattle industries as recommended by the SA Cattle Advisory Group as follows:

Efficient and sustainable production

  • Red Meat and Wool Growth Program - $90,000
  • Farm Biosecurity and Endemic Disease Management Program - $69,550

Maintaining market access and securing new markets

  • National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) Compliance Program – Cattle - $260,932

Industry advocacy

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

Business management and skills development

  • SA Junior Heifer Expo 2019 - $2,500

In addition to the above program and project funding, the Minister has also approved expenditure from the Cattle Industry Fund in 2019-20 for fund administration, advisory group expenses, refund payments and funding provisions relating to the transition of governance and administration to Livestock SA.

Details of actual fund expenditure will be published in the 2019-20 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 South Australian Cattle Advisory Group in March. Shortlisted expression of interest applicants will be notified and requested to complete and return a full funding application for assessment in May. Proposals must be submitted during this formal submission period (February to May) or they will not be considered.

Funding guidelines and investment priorities are detailed in the Cattle Industry Fund Management Plan 2019-2020 to 2023-24 (PDF 131.6 KB).

For further information contact:

Luke Fitzgerald
SACAG Executive Officer
SA Cattle Industry Fund
PIRSA Biosecurity SA
33 Flemington Street
Glenside, SA 5065
Email: PIRSA.SACAG@sa.gov.au

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

The 2019-24 Management Plan income estimate is based on national statistics available when it was finalised in early 2019.

The 2020-25 Management Plan income estimate will be reviewed in late 2019, using the available statistics and seasonal forecasts.

Cattle Industry Fund Annual Reports

Page Last Reviewed: 26 Aug 2019
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