Applying for project funding from the NSW Sheep Industry Fund

The OJD Industry Fund was originally established to assist producers who were affected by OJD. Funds were collected through the Transaction-based Contribution Scheme, via a levy on sheep sales. The scheme has been wound up and the Minister for Primary Industries has:

  • directed that the NSW Rural Assistance Authority act as the trustee for these remaining funds, and the remaining funds be applied for the benefit of the sheep industry;
  • established an advisory committee, the Sheep Advisory Group, to provide him with advice on proposals for the use of these funds.

To better reflect the 2008 Ministerial Order that funds be directed to projects which benefit the sheep industry, the fund has been renamed the NSW Sheep Industry Fund.

Guide to making an application to the Sheep Advisory Group for project funding from the NSW Sheep Industry Fund

Background of the NSW Sheep Industry Fund

Under an Order pursuant to section 30A(4) of the Agricultural Livestock (Disease Control Funding) Act 1998, the Minister for Primary Industries has:

  • directed that any money standing to the credit of the OJD Industry Fund be applied for the benefit of persons or bodies representing the sheep industry as directed by the Minister from time to time; and
  • established an advisory committee titled the Sheep Advisory Group to provide advice on the expenditure of the funds described above; and
  • directed that the NSW Rural Assistance Authority act as the trustee for these remaining funds.

Possible project types

  • Research
  • Extension
  • Surveillance

Other sources of funding for proposed project

Applicants should be aware that the NSW Sheep Industry Fund is not sufficient to fund large projects, especially of a long-term nature.

Applications should document other proposed sources of funding.

Benefits to the sheep industry

All projects must deliver a potential benefit to the NSW sheep industry and this must be detailed in the application.

Reporting

All applicants should be aware that funding is contingent on the applicant meeting stipulated reporting deadlines.

Lodging applications

All applications should be lodged using the application form below - please complete the form on-screen, then print it off, sign and date it, and forward to:

Chair of the Sheep Advisory Group
c/o NSW Department of Primary Industries
Locked Bag 21
ORANGE NSW 2800

OR

Fax: 02 6361 9976
Email: biosecurity@dpi.nsw.gov.au

How does the project funding process from the NSW Sheep Industry Fund work?

An application will form the basis of a contract between the applicant and NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA), the trustees of the fund. The contract will set out a schedule of milestones and contribution payments. The RAA will issue payments from the OJD Industry Fund following the process outlined in the diagram below.

Approval process