Sheep Industry Fund

Transitioning to industry

A new process will be in place for Sheep Industry Fund expenditure in 2020-21.

Information on the new process.

Public Meeting

The revised management plan for the Sheep Industry Fund will be presented at an upcoming public meeting via web-based platform Zoom on:

Date: Friday, 5 June

Time: 11 am

Register at:

The 2020-21 management plan (PDF 389.9 KB) includes estimates of the likely contributions to the fund over the coming five-year period, proposals for investment of the fund, and proposals for how the fund will be applied to benefit contributors.

Under the Primary Industry Funding Schemes Act 1998, a revised management plan must be prepared and presented for the funds at least once a year.

For further details, please call (08) 8429 0471, or email

Contribution Rate

All sheep owners in South Australia contribute $0.67 per head to the Sheep Industry Fund when 5 or more sheep are sold for $5 per head or more.

This contribution currently comprises 2 parts:

  1. a general contribution of $0.55
  2. a dog fence rebuild contribution of $0.12.

Information on the increase

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

Contributing to the fund

The sheep vendor is responsible for paying contributions to the Fund unless a collection agent is involved in the transaction.

Collection agents include:

  • stock agents
  • abattoirs
  • butchers.

Collection agents are responsible for collecting the contribution from vendors when they are involved in a sale and remitting contributions to the Fund.

Sheep vendors must confirm that the collection agent has collected the contribution as vendors may become ineligible to take part in programs funded by the Sheep Industry Fund if the contribution has not been collected.

Contribution forms

Collection agents, and producers where relevant, must remit Sheep Industry Fund contributions within 14 days after the end of each quarter using the following forms:

Send completed forms to:

Sheep Industry Fund
C/O Biosecurity SA
33 Flemington Street
Glenside SA 5065


Sheep Industry Fund approved 2019-20 projects

The Minister has approved the release of $3.17 million from the Sheep Industry Fund in 2019-20 for projects to benefit South Australia’s sheep industry as recommended by the SA Sheep Advisory Group. View the approved 2019-20 projects.

Contribution refunds

Sheep producers may request a refund of contributions made in the preceding financial year. Requests for a refund of contributions can be made to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development by:

If you received a refund, you are not entitled to any service or benefit from the fund for 2 years. A body to which payments are made out of the fund may receive information identifying sheep producers on whose behalf contributions have been paid or refunded.

More information

The 2019-20 to 2023-24 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.

Sheep Industry Fund Annual Reports


For further information about the Sheep Industry Fund, please contact:

Ms Casey Work
Primary Industries and Regions SA Senior Policy Officer
Phone: (08) 8429 0471

Page Last Reviewed: 21 May 2020
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