What is the Animal Welfare Transport Subsidy?
The Animal Welfare Transport Subsidy is a program to help primary producers with the transport of stock whose welfare is at risk.
The Animal Welfare Transport Subsidy provides primary producers with a subsidy to help with the freight costs to transport stock whose welfare is at risk.
The subsidy is available if:
- animals are at significant risk
- there is little or no feed and / or water available, including both pasture and stored fodder
- animals leave the farming enterprise permanently
- the enterprise demonstrates a significant financial need
The program aims to provide a subsidy for primary producers on the transport of stock to sale or slaughter for animal welfare reasons.
A subsidy of up to 50% of the total freight cost to a maximum of $20,000 per farm enterprise per financial year is available to eligible primary producers. Claims may be submitted no more than six months after movement of the stock.
To be eligible for assistance you must demonstrate that:
- You are the owner and/ or operator (eg. lessee) of a farm business in NSW.
- The business operates as a sole trader, partnership, trust or private company and trades agricultural products.
- You are claiming in relation to farmed animals appearing on the most recent Land & Stock Return.
- The business is registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a primary producer, and have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- The owners and operators of the business earn more than 50% of gross income from the primary production enterprise under normal seasonal conditions.
- You can provide confirmation that you are in financial need by either being in receipt of a Farm Household Allowance (FHA) or being an eligible client of the Rural Financial Counselling (RFC) service.
- You can provide proof of payment with the claim form.
Applications open on an ongoing basis.