On Farm Connectivity Program—Information for primary producers

The Australian Government's On Farm Connectivity Program is providing $30 million over 2 years to enable primary producers in agriculture, forestry and/or fisheries to take advantage of connected machinery and sensor technology.

Under the program, rebates are available to pre-approved suppliers that sell to and install eligible equipment for primary producers

Who can participate?

Primary producers in the agriculture, forestry and/or fisheries sectors can participate in the program if they meet the Program's eligibility criteria, which include annual income thresholds and eligible primary production activity.

To participate in the program, your business must:

  • be a registered business and have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have an annual average pre-tax income from primary production of between $40,000 and $2 million. Annual average gross income is calculated as the average of the previous 3 full financial years' income for each ABN
  • not be a hobby farm
  • operate an eligible primary production activity that is defined in in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006 (revision 2.0) codes under Division A, Agricultural Forestry and Fishing, Subdivisions 01, 02 and 03.

How much is available?

Rebates of up to 50% of the cost of eligible equipment are available, with a minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $30,000 rebates on offer.

What products can be purchased?

There are 5 broad categories of eligible connectivity solutions and equipment:

  • Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN)
  • Connectivity equipment
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Farm management
  • Remote automation and control.

How much is the rebate?

The rebate amount will be up to 50% of the cost of eligible equipment.

  • The minimum rebate amount is $3,000
  • The maximum rebate amount is $30,000

There is no limit to the amount you may spend, however, the rebate cannot exceed $30,000.

You can purchase eligible equipment from multiple eligible suppliers, to a total combined value of $30,000. However, you must spend at least $6,000 at each supplier to meet the minimum rebate amount.

Which products will attract the rebate?

Products listed by Eligible Equipment Suppliers as part of their Expression of Interest for program will attract the rebate.

To find out more about which equipment is eligible, see the Catalogue of eligible equipment.

What's the process?

Once a primary producer accepts a quote for equipment, the eligible equipment supplier will submit an application for a rebate. If the application is successful, the primary producer pays for the equipment at a reduced price. Once the equipment is installed/shipped, the supplier can claim the rebate. Further information is outlined below:

  • Step 1—Support: Primary producer may engage with the Regional Tech Hub to discuss their connectivity needs & get personalised advice
  • Step 2—Choose: Primary producer engages / selects a connectivity solution from an Eligible Equipment Supplier
  • Step 3—Quote: Primary producer receives, then accepts quotes from an Eligible Equipment Supplier
  • Step 4—Application submission: Eligible Equipment Supplier submits rebate application
  • Step 5—Application assessment: Business Grants Hub assesses application (estimated 2-6 week turnaround)
  • Step 6—Rebate outcome: Eligible Equipment Supplier and Primary Producer advised
  • Step 7—Invoice: Farmer receive invoice at discounted price of up to 50% off from Eligible Equipment Supplier
  • Step 8—Payment: Primary Producer pays invoice
  • Step 9—Equipment installed / shipped: Eligible Equipment Supplier ships product. If required an appointment is arranged to install the connectivity solution and/or train the Primary Producer in how to use the connectivity solution
  • Step 10—Rebate claim: Eligible Equipment Supplier is required to submit rebate claims to the Business Grants Hub for payment within a 60 day timeframe, or by 31 May, whichever is sooner.

Help to identify your connectivity needs

The Regional Tech Hub has been engaged to provide free independent expert advice to help you understand if there are connectivity solutions that could deliver improved productivity and safety for your business.

You can contact the Regional Tech Hub via their website , online helpdesk , phone support line (1300 081 029) or Facebook and Twitter .

Is your local supplier not listed?

The Round 1 Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the On Farm Connectivity Program concluded on 5 July 2023.

It is important to note that, for probity reasons, no changes can be made to the Eligible Equipment supplier list for round 1.

As per the process for round 1, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts will call for expressions of interest from businesses interested in supplying eligible equipment prior to the launch of round 2.

To ensure that your local supplier is informed about the opening of the round 2 EOI process, we encourage you to advise them to contact us via email at OFCP@communications.gov.au. This will ensure their contact information is added to our internal communications list for future rounds.

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