What is the Farm Machinery Improvement Program?
The Farm Machinery Improvement Program provides cropping or grain farmers in the Millewa with funding to help them maintain essential on-farm machinery and equipment.
The Victorian Government has established the Farm Machinery Improvement Grants Program to assist farm businesses in the far north west corner of Victoria, generally known as the Millewa, to maintain essential on-farm machinery and equipment to meet key operational requirements and prepare for the 2020 growing season.
The Farm Machinery Improvement Program is now available for eligible dryland farm businesses in Millewa and surrounding areas (Eligible Business). This incorporates the following towns and locality areas in the Mildura Shire: Carwarp, Cullulleraine, Lindsay Point, Meringur, Merrinee, Neds Corner, Wargan and Werrimull.
The Victorian Farmers Federation will deliver the Program.
A grant of up to $10,000 (excl-GST) is available per eligible dryland farm business located in the Millewa.
Funding may be used for professional maintenance and repairs of essential farm machinery and equipment, including:
- hay baling equipment
Eligible expenses must occur on or after 2 October 2019 and before 30 June 2020.
Eligible expenses are professional repairs and maintenance of essential farm machinery and equipment completed by a suitably qualified professional completed between 2 October 2019 and 30 June 2020.
In order to apply, applicant must:
- Be the owner, operator, share farmer or lease holder of a commercial scale, dryland farm business;
- Have a farm property located in the Millewa;
- Be registered as a primary producer with the Australian Tax Office and have an Australian Business Number (ABN);
- Be registered for GST;
- Contribute a significant part of your labour and capital to the farming enterprise, and under normal business conditions, you earn more than 51 per cent of your individual income from the farming enterprise. and/or Have commenced your farming enterprise between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2019 and your intention is that more than 51 per cent of your individual income will be derived from the farming enterprise within three years of the date of your Application. Eligibility on this basis will be considered on a case-by-case basis;
- If requested, provide further evidence in relation to any of the eligibility requirements above.
Applications close 30 June 2020.