Cattle Compensation Fund

Cattle in a field, windmill in the backgroundVictoria's Cattle Compensation Fund (CCF) is established under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 (the Act) and funded from duty collected on the sale of cattle, calves or cattle carcasses.

The Cattle Compensation Fund receives $0.05 duty for every $20 or part of $20 of the sale price of every head of cattle sold singly, or for the total amount of the sale price for any number of cattle sold in one lot.

The maximum duty for any one head of cattle (sold singly or as part of a lot) is $5.00.

Each cattle carcass weighing up to and including 250kg attracts a duty of $0.90.  Each carcass weighing more than 250g attracts a duty of $1.30.

The duty on calves (any cattle less than six weeks of age) is $0.15 a head.

Cattle includes bulls, cows, oxen, steer, heifers, bison and buffalo.

Under Section 72(2) of the Act, the Minister for Agriculture may make payments from the CCF for the following:

  • administering the provisions of the Act relating to cattle or of any other Act administered by the Minister that requires the identification of cattle and;
  • programs and projects for the benefit of the cattle industry in Victoria.

Payments from the Fund can only be made once the Minister for Agriculture has considered recommendations from the Cattle Compensation Advisory Committee (CCAC).

Cattle Compensation Advisory Committee (CCAC)

Under Section 79(3) of the Act, CCAC consists of a maximum 9 members appointed by the Minister for Agriculture.

The CCAC currently consists of six members who represent the:

  • cattle industry
  • livestock agents profession
  • meat processing industry
  • Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) Formerly, known as the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)

Current members of the CCAC are:

  • Mr Ron Harris (Chair) – Cattle industry
  • Mr Michael McCormack – Cattle industry
  • Mr Lachlan Sutherland – Cattle industry
  • Ms Elizabeth Summerville – Livestock agents
  • Dr Claire House – Meat processing industry
  • Ms Jennifer O'Sullivan – DEECA nominee

Apply for a grant

Applications are currently closed.

Applications for the 2022 Livestock Biosecurity Funds grant program were open between Thursday 27 October 2022 until 11.59 pm on Friday 23 December 2022.

For the latest information on the Livestock Biosecurity Funds grant program please check the Agriculture Victoria website.

Page last updated: 08 Jun 2023