Assistance, grants and tenders

​​We provide grants and financial assistance programs to help boost productivity and exports. These are available to Australian businesses and individuals.

This funding does not include procurement by the department.

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Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) program

Applications for 2020 ATMAC grant opportunities are now open.

The ATMAC grants are designed to support projects or initiatives that contribute to Australia’s agricultural trade with overseas markets. The minimum grant amount is $20,000 (GST excl.) and the maximum amount is $400,000 (GST excl.).

Applications close 31 January 2020.

Apply now at Grant Connect.

Drought and rural support

Regional Agriculture Show Development Grants go towards building showground infrastructure in regional areas. These grants are available to regional agricultural show societies and the peak bodies of state and territory agricultural shows.

Drought and rural support to help farmers and primary producers face an increasingly variable climate. Prepare for and manage the effects of drought and other challenges.

Managing Farm Risk Program provides rebates for advice and assessments to help farmers prepare and apply for a new insurance policy that assists with the management of drought and other production and market risks.

Farm Household Allowance provides support for eligible farmers and their partners. Helping you through hardship, including drought.

Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture

The Science and Innovation awards encourage young scientists, researchers and innovators with original projects that aim to keep Australia’s rural industries sustainable and profitable. Industry award applications open in the third quarter of each year.

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Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund

The fund's objective is to support national agricultural industry organisations to develop leadership capability within agricultural industry representative bodies. It aims to build farm leaders' skills so they can better represent their agricultural industry.

The Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund applications closed Wednesday 17 May 2017. The assessment of applications is currently in progress. Applicants will be advised once the Assessment process has been finalised.​

Australian-China Agricultural Cooperation (ACACA) program

The 2018 ACACA grant opportunity closed on 13 March 2018.

The department recommends creating a ‘new user registration’ on GrantConnect and subscribing to the ACACA mailing list to keep informed about future grant opportunities for this program.

Package Assisting Small Exporters

Package Assisting Small Exporters funds smaller exporters to help improve market access across the dairy, eggs, fish, horticultural, grain and meat sectors.

Control tools and technologies for established pest animals and weeds program

Grants available for the development of new or improved control tools and technologies to help farmers and land managers reduce the harmful impacts of established pest animals and weeds.

National Landcare Programme Sustainable Agriculture Small Grant Round 2015–16

Sustainable Agriculture Small Grant Round. Visit National Landcare Program for details.

Rural Research & Development for Profit

Rural R&D for Profit is a competitive grants programme for strategic research aimed at delivering real, practical outcomes for Australian primary producers, to improve farm gate productivity and profitability.

Improved Access to Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals

The Assistance grants – Improved access to industry priority uses of agvet chemicals grants program is designed to help with the generation of sufficient data to support applications to the APVMA for agvet chemical uses identified as a priority through a collaborative process. The programme will provide short-term relief to producers while longer-term solutions are developed and implemented through broader reforms.

Australia–China Agriculture Cooperation Agreement

ACACA program funds activities to enhance agricultural cooperation between Australia and China, including technical exchanges, training programs, conferences, missions, workshops, information exchanges or programs, officer secondments, industry scoping missions and feasibility studies. Applications for the 2017 ACACA funding round will open in late 2017.

Carbon Farming Future Program

Carbon Farming Initiative

Carbon Farming Initiative was replaced by the Emissions Reduction Fund that came into effect on 13 December 2014.

Natural Resource Management Grants

Innovation grants of $250 000–1.5 million were available to help producers and fishers gain knowledge and capacity to adopt innovative production, resource management and supply chain management practices and processes, that will improve the productivity and sustainability of resource-based industries. Funded projects are to be completed by 30 June 2016.

Other grants and financial assistance opportunities

Funding opportunities and more grants are available at:

Grants reporting

We publish a grants report each year, as part of our reporting requirements, which details individual grants issued by the department.


We advertise all open approaches to market on AusTender for procurement of goods and services.

AusTender, the Australian Government tender system, centralises the publication of business opportunities and mandatory reporting of Contract Notices and Standing Offer Notices with a value of $10 000 or more.

Register your areas of business interest in your AusTender profile to receive notification via email of the latest opportunities as they are published.

The Department of Finance publishes details about how we manage government procurement.

Last reviewed: 2 December 2019
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