Cattle Compensation Fund
Victoria's Cattle Compensation Fund is established under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994. The government collects livestock duties paid by producers on the sale of cattle or calves or their carcases in Victoria.
The Minister for Agriculture may make payments from the Cattle Compensation Fund:
- from the capital of the Fund for administering the provisions of the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 relating to cattle or of any other Act administered by the minister that requires the identification of cattle; and
- from interest earned on money from the Fund for programs and projects for the benefit of the cattle industry in Victoria.
The Minister for Agriculture must not make a payment from the fund unless the minister has considered any relevant recommendations from the Cattle Compensation Advisory Committee.
The Cattle Compensation Advisory Committee has been established to provide advice to the Minister for Agriculture on how the funds should be used, and any other matter referred to it by the minister.
Summary of projects
The Cattle Compensation Committee advises the Minister for Agriculture on the allocation of funds collected through levies on cattle sold in Victoria, to projects and programs which benefit the livestock industry.
- Cattle Compensation Fund - mid-year report December 2017
- Cattle Compensation Fund Summary of Projects 2016-17
- Cattle Compensation Fund Summary of Projects 2015-16
Applications for funding
The following organisations are eligible to apply for funding from the Cattle Compensation Fund:
- non-profit organisations (including registered charities or incorporated associations)
- private enterprise businesses
- local and State Government bodies
- non-departmental government agencies (including tertiary education institutions, land councils and Catchment Management Authorities), and
- research organisations.
All applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or an Australian Company Number (ACN) to apply for funding.
Those not eligible to apply for funding include:
- organisations that are not incorporated under relevant state or commonwealth legislation, and
- lobby groups or organisations seeking funding to support political activities.
Organisations that are not incorporated under state or commonwealth legislation may submit an application sponsored by an eligible organisation. This is an effective means for organisations that have a good proposal, but not the resources to manage their project, to participate in the program. In this situation, the sponsoring organisation becomes the applicant.
Funding priorities are in line with the objectives of the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994, i.e:
- protect public health by preventing, monitoring and controlling diseases transmissible from livestock to humans
- to protect domestic and export markets for livestock and livestock products by preventing, monitoring and controlling livestock diseases
- to provide for the preventing, monitoring and eradication of exotic livestock diseases
- to provide compensation for certain losses caused by livestock diseases
- to facilitate the operation of livestock identification and tracking programs for disease and residue control and market access.
Funding applications will be assessed as an overall 'value for money' (VfM) proposition.
VfM will be assessed on a whole-of-industry basis, not simply in relation to the interests of one sector. The VfM assessment will take into account the project's potential for both a short term and a long term beneficial impact.
Evaluation criteria will be as follows, and will be weighted equally:
- Knowledge of, and experience in, industry or supporting industry
- Track record with the management of projects of a similar scale and complexity
- Ability to draw on, and involve, personnel with a range of complementary skill
- Provision of a clearly articulated reporting and communications plan
- Ability to engage with, and communicate successfully with, industry participants.
- Understanding of the challenge to be addressed and likely success
- Technical merit and innovation in the proposed approach
- Level of co-investment offered to support the project
Evaluation to demonstrate anticipated and actual impact of the project.
As this is a competitive and discretionary program, each application is also assessed against other applications received. This approach ensures that proposals are considered on merit. As project funds are limited, meeting the assessment criteria does not guarantee funding. Submissions recommended for funding by the Cattle Compensation Advisory Committee will be provided to the Minister for Agriculture for a decision on funding.
Applications for funding in 2017-18 will be invited in the first quarter of 2018.
The Committee may call for or receive applications for funding outside of the major funding cycle, depending on identified or emerging needs or opportunities. For 2018, the criteria for committee acceptance of proposals outside of the usual funding cycle (referred to as exceptional proposals) is as follows (exceptional proposals should meet all three criteria):
- Time-critical, not viable to wait until the next funding round
- Non-routine, not part of business-as-usual activities
- No other funding sources available
Proposals to meet specific priorities
The committee may invite proposals to meet specific priorities and criteria, as required