|Have you recently thought about improved security around the back sheds. Or wondered how much the rainfall differs between home and the back block. Well, now might be your chance to increase your on farm connectivity capabilities, accessing a rebate supplied by the Australian Government.
The rebate is provided through – The On-Farm Connectivity Program. The program is part of the Better Connectivity for Rural and Regional Australia Plan for farmers.
About the Program
To be eligible your average annual gross income must be between $40,000 and $2 million based on the previous 3 full financial years.
The objective of the plan is to increase access to digital agribusiness solutions, that support increased productivity or promote better safety practices.
The program intends to run over the next 2 years. It will be implemented in stages. In stage 1 currently operating, there is $15 million, with the closing date being 31st May 2024 or until funding is exhausted.
You will need to deal with an eligible equipment supplier. A list can be found at: On Farm Connectivity Program List of eligible equipment suppliers PDF
Eligibility criteria for primary producers
To be eligible, the primary producer must:
- Have an ABN
- Carry out the primary production activities listed
- Have an average annual gross income between $40,000 and $2 million over the previous 3 full financial years.
- Not be a hobby farmer.
Further information about the program can be found at: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/on-farm-connectivity-program#at-a-glance.
An example of the eligible items are:
- Connectivity Equipment:
- Radio Transmitters
- Environmental Monitoring
- Soil Moisture Probes
- Weather Monitors
- Plant growth monitors
- Water flow, pressure & quality monitors
- Farm Management
- Asset Trackers
- Battery monitors
- Silo & Storage monitors
- Livestock monitoring systems