Sheep and Goat Compensation Fund
Victoria's Sheep and Goat Compensation Fund is established under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994. The fund collects livestock duties paid by producers on the sale of sheep and goats or their carcases in Victoria.
The Minister for Agriculture may make payments from the Sheep and Goat Compensation Fund:
- from the capital of the Fund for administering the provisions of the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 relating to sheep and goats
- from interest earned on money from the Fund for programs and projects for the benefit of the sheep and goat industry in Victoria
- from the capital of the Fund or from interest earned on money from the Fund for programs and projects for the control or eradication of disease of sheep or goats.
The Minister for Agriculture must not make a payment from the fund unless the minister has considered any relevant recommendations from the Sheep and Goat Compensation Advisory Committee.
The Sheep and Goat 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 for 2015-16
The Sheep and Goat Compensation Committee advises the Minister for Agriculture on the allocation of funds collected through levies on sheep and goats sold in Victoria, to projects and programs which benefit the industry.
2017-18 Applications for funding
The following organisations are eligible to apply for funding from the Sheep and Goat 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.
Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
- the extent to which the project meets the objectives of the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994
- the extent of benefit to the Victorian sheep and goat industries
- the demonstrated level of support, including (but not limited to) funding, from industry members, stakeholders and project partners across the value chain
- the existence of a structured project plan with defined timeframes, outputs and outcomes and demonstrating the capability and resources to manage the project
- proposed arrangements for the measurement of performance against the projects objectives
- the extent to which the project is part of an integrated and strategic approach rather than an ad hoc proposal
- existence of a communication strategy to Victoria's sheep and goat industry and relevant stakeholders
- value for money
- the likelihood of project success; and
- fund availability.
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 Sheep and Goat Compensation Advisory Committee will be provided to the Minister for Agriculture for a decision on funding.
An expression of interest process for project funding proposals closed on 30 April 2017, for funding in 2017-18.
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