On Farm Connectivity Program—information for suppliers

The Australian Government's On Farm Connectivity Program is providing $30 million over 2 years from 2023–24 to 2024–25 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.

Round 1 of the program has now closed. Information about Round 2 of the program will be published to this page in due course.

Funding available

The On Farm Connectivity Program is providing $30 million over 2 years from 2023–24 to 2024–25. Under Round 1 of the program $15 million was made available.

Information regarding rebates for Round 2 of the Program will be available when the round opens.

How does the program work?

Eligible suppliers need to submit an application for a rebate once a primary producer accepts a quote for equipment. 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 the end date of the program, whichever is sooner.

Who can buy discounted equipment?

Applications for Round 1 of the program have now closed.

Primary producers in the agriculture, forestry and/or fisheries sectors can participate in future rounds of the program if they meet the Program's eligibility criteria, which include annual income thresholds and eligible primary production activity. Further information about the eligibility criteria for Round 2 of the program will be available soon.

How much is the grant (rebate)?

Under Round 1 of the Program, the grant (rebate) amount will be up to 50% of the cost of eligible equipment.

  • The minimum grant (rebate) amount was $3,000
  • The maximum grant (rebate) amount was $30,000.

There was no limit to the amount an eligible primary producer could spend, however the rebate was not to exceed $30,000.

Information regarding rebates for Round 2 of the Program will be available soon.

Interested in being an Eligible Equipment Supplier for Round 2?

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 your company is informed about the opening of the Round 2 EOI process, we encourage you to contact us via email at OFCP@communications.gov.au. This will ensure your contact information is added to our communications list for future rounds.

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