Primary Producer Questions & Answers

Q1: I'm a primary producer, is my business eligible for a grant (rebate)?

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 farmer
  • operate an eligible primary production activity that is defined as those listed 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. A full list can be found at Appendix D of the On Farm Connectivity Program Round 1 – Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a declaration confirming the above.

Q2: I am a primary producer, how do I apply for a rebate?

To apply for a rebate, you will firstly need to approach a supplier on the list of eligible equipment suppliers to discuss connectivity solutions that are relevant to your business needs.

If you identify eligible equipment you would like to purchase, the supplier will need to apply to the Business Grants Hub and get confirmation that the program eligibility criteria have been met.

Once the application has been approved, the equipment must be purchased within 60 days. The supplier then submits a claim for the rebate.

It is important to note that equipment purchased before the Business Grants Hub has approved the supplier's application will not be eligible for the rebate.

Q3: Who is an eligible equipment supplier?

A list of eligible equipment suppliers can be found on the Eligible equipment suppliers page.  

Q4: What connectivity equipment or solutions are covered under the program?

Broad categories of eligible connectivity equipment or solutions are detailed in the catalogue.

Q5: How much is the grant (rebate)?

The grant (rebate) amount will be up to 50 per cent of the cost of eligible equipment.

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

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

Q6: I would like to participate, but I'm not sure how to improve connectivity in my business. Can someone help with this?

The government funded Regional Tech Hub has been engaged to provide free independent expert advice to you in determining what connectivity solutions would deliver improved productivity and safety to your business operations.

The Regional Tech Hub is delivered by the National Farmers' Federation. You can contact them via a website, online helpdesk, phone support line or Facebook and Twitter. You can visit the Hub's website at www.regionaltechhub.org.au.

Q7: Can I claim a rebate on the installation and delivery costs?

Yes.

Q8: Are insurance and maintenance costs eligible for the rebate?

Insurance, operation and maintenance costs are not eligible for the rebate.

Q9: Can I get a rebate for connectivity solutions that I have already purchased?

No, equipment purchased before the opening of Round 1 are not eligible for a rebate.

Q10: What equipment can be supplied under the Program?

The catalogue of eligible connectivity equipment shaped the types of equipment suppliers can deliver under the Program and whether through LPWAN, satellite cellular and/or Wi-Fi technology.

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

  • Low Power Wide Area Networks
  • Connectivity Equipment
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Farm Management
  • Remote Automation and Control.

It is important to note that not all Eligible equipment suppliers can supply products across all these categories.

In addition, Eligible equipment suppliers are only able to supply equipment that they included in the pricelist they provided as part of their Expression of Interest to participate in the program.

Any additional products the Eligible equipment supplier may sell are not eligible for Round 1 of the Program and will need to be purchased outside of the Program.