Assistance grants – Access to industry priority uses of agvet chemicals grants programme

​Access to safe and effective agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals is important to Australian agricultural and livestock industries, the community and the environment. The Australian Government has committed $8 million over four years from 2014-15 to 2017-18 to help farmers gain improved access to agvet chemicals. A number of activities are underway to deliver this commitment, including the grants program and a collaborative forum.

The collaborative forum was established to allow producers to more effectively share their agvet chemical access needs with each other, research and development corporations (RDCs), peak bodies and chemical companies.

The grants provide funding to assist with data generation to support an application to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) that seeks to gain, maintain or broaden access to priority uses of agvet chemicals identified by the collaborative forum.


Up to $1.7 million was available in Round 1 (2015-16). Up to $2.44 million was available in Round 2 (2016-17). Up to $1.78 million was available in Round 3 (2017-18). 126 projects were funded across all rounds.

Funded projects

AgriFutures Australia

Round 2

Carob – sooty mouldCocoa – flower eating caterpillar, leafroller, looper, yellow peach mothJujubes – powdery mildew, alternaria leaf spot and grey mould
Carob – carob mothCoffee – grasses and broadleaf weedsLucerne seed - aphid
Carob – carob mothCoffee – coffee green scaleRice – rice snails
Carob – woolly aphidHazelnut – fruit tree borerRice – broadleaf weeds
Cocoa – thrips, lepidoptera, mites, loopers and larvae of leafrollersHerbs & spices – aphids and whiteflyTurkey & chicken meat and other game birds – worms including roundworm, tapeworm and hair worm
Cocoa – swarming leaf beetleHerbs & spices – greenhouse whiteflyWildflowers – soft brown scale

Round 3

Cocoa – mitesHazelnut – miteQuinoa – grass weeds
Ginger – grass weedsLucerne – miridsTea tree – broadleaf weeds
Green tea – anthracnoseQuinoa – Rutherglen bug 

Dairy Australia

Round 2

Fodder beet – beet webworm

Round 3

Fodder beet – weedsFodder beet – weeds

Grains Research and Development Corporation

Round 1

Aduki beans – thripsFallow (grains) – grass weedsSoybeans – rust/sclerotinia
Aduki beans/Mung beans – mitesCanola – grass weedsSunflowers – powdery mildew
Canola – aphidsMung beans – powdery mildew 
Chickpeas – botrytisPulses (dry) – weeds grass 

Round 2

Field peas – silver grassMung beans – grass weeds & broadleaf weedLupins – wild radish & other broadleaves
Lentils – grass weeds & broadleaf weedsOats – grasses and broadleaf weeds 

Horticulture Innovation Australia

Round 1

Avocado – tea red spider miteMaize/popcorn – northern blightPineapples – weeds
Banana – growth regulator Mandarins & Tangelos – Emperor brown spotProcessing Tomatoes – phytophthora root rot
Beans – silverleaf whiteflyMangoes – growth regulatorRadish – downy mildew and alternaria leaf spot
Beetroot – downy mildew and alternaria leaf spot Olives – anthracnoseRubus – Anthracnose, Botrytis and Cladasporium
Blueberries – anthracnose and grey mouldOlives – olive lace bugRubus – downy mildew
Blueberries – fruit flyOnions – broad leaf weedsRubus – Monoleptabeetle, Plague thrips, elephant weevil
Blueberries – scarab beetle larvaePapaya – fruit spotting bug, banana-spotting bugSnow peas – two spotted mite
Brussels sprouts – silverleaf whiteflyParsley – downy mildew and alternaria leaf spot Snow peas & Sugar snap peas – tomato russet mite, board mite, two-spotted mite, tomato red mite
Capsicum – fruit fly Passionfruit – passionvine mite and two spotted miteSpring Onions – two spotted mite
Carrots – sclerotinia, black rot and grey mould Passionfruit – passionvine mite and two spotted miteStone fruit – phytophthora trunk/collar rot
Cucumber – fruit flyPeanuts – Aphids/MealybugsSweet corn – Lepidoptera pests
Custard Apple – anthracnosePersimmon – thrips 
Custard Apple – mealy bugPersimmons – mealy bug 
Green beans – sclerotinia, black rot and grey mouldPineapples – weeds 

Round 2

Beetroot – downy mildew
Macadamia – macadamia husk spot, botrytis blight
Passionfruit – bugs and scale
Blueberries – white wax scaleMango – powdery mildewPersimmon – hoppers, mealy bug, scale and bugs
Brassica Leafy Vegetables – downy mildewNursery – aphids and whiteflyPersimmons – anthracnose
Bulb Vegetables – white rotOlives – anthracnose Pineapples – mealy bug, pineapple scale
Carrots – aphidsOlives – olive lace bug and scalePistachio – botrytis rot
Custard apple – hoppers, mealy bug, scale and bugsOnions – downy mildewRubus – hopper and bugs
Custard Apples – anthracnosePapaya – bugs including mealy bug and fruit spotting bugsStrawberries – aphids and whitefly
Lemons – blossom mouldPassionfruit – alternaria, anthracnose, brown spot and seporia spotTangelos – Emperor brown spot
Lychee – hoppers, mealy bug, scale and bugs  

Round 3

Beans and peas – aphidsLeafy vegetables – sclerotiniaRaspberries – beetles
Blackberries – beetlesMushrooms – cobwebStalk stem vegetable – helicoverpa
Bulb vegetables – thripsOlives – weevilsStrawberries – botrytis
Chestnuts – phytophthoraPapaya – anthracnoseSweet corn – leaf blight
Fruiting vegetables – downy mildewPome fruit – alternariaTropical inedible peel fruit – scale
 Potato – weevils 

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Email: AGVET Access Grants