Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund

Up to $500,000 is available from the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund to develop leadership capacity and capability within agricultural industries.

Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund

Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund

The Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund is a grant opportunity administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to support Australian agricultural industries.



The Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund is a grant programme to support initiatives to develop the leadership capacity and capability of Australian national agricultural industry representative bodies so they are better able to advocate agricultural and rural issues to the Australian community, the government and other stakeholders and build stronger agricultural industries. The Fund will work to build skills at the grass roots level, recognising the continuing need for leadership support and mentoring in the agriculture sector.

In 2014, the Australian Farm Institute completed a research report, ‘Opportunities to Improve the Effectiveness of Australian farmers’ advocacy groups – A comparative approach’. Among their findings was that leadership is more effective in high performing organisations where the organisation:

  • has a sustainable business model
  • demonstrates its legitimate claims to be acknowledged as the rightful voice for an IRB on an issue or issues, and is able to address an issue through effective advocacy
  • has the capacity to respond to issues (in particular, well-orchestrated social campaigns or biosecurity outbreaks).

The Fund will be responsive to the requirements specified by each applicant organisation, with the projected outcomes and milestones reflecting the particular objectives of each successful applicant.



The Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund is designed to deliver benefits to industry groups, the farmers they represent, and the community. Agricultural leaders will be better able to articulate their points of view, to speak and act on the IRBs’ behalf and to strategically assess information to work productively towards meeting the needs of the IRB, government, or to participate in public debates.



The Australian Government has announced a total of $5 million for the programme. Total funding to an individual organisation or consortia will not exceed $500,000 (Goods and Services Tax [GST] exclusive), from the competitive round. It is anticipated that grants from the competitive process will be between $100,000 and $500,000 (GST exclusive) depending on the scope and complexity of the grant activities. Applications for lesser amounts will also be considered.

Due to the competitive nature of the grant round, the minister may offer successful applicants a lesser amount than that requested.


Eligible Projects

The grant money is intended to allow an applicant to implement the proposed strategy. Specific items could include (but are not limited to) the:

  • purchase of a place or places on a training course
  • develop in-house or procure a training provider to deliver collective/ group training
  • professional development (coaching, mentoring, public speaking)
  • strategic planning activities
  • wages and related costs (for a coordinator to administer the grant, a policy officer to build leadership capability)
  • travel and accommodation to access funded activities
  • professional advice directly related to building leadership capacity and/ or capability
  • webinars.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible an applicant must:

  • be an Australian national agricultural industry organisation that
    • is an incorporated Australian legal entity capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable deed with the Commonwealth, or
    • is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006, or
    • is an industry-owned company which functions as the IRB
    • and is not a Commonwealth statutory body
  • be solvent and have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the purposes of GST, and
  • have premises that are located in a state, or territory of Australia

Examples of organisations that are incorporated Australian legal entities capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable deed with the Commonwealth are:

  • a company incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cwlth)
  • an incorporated association incorporated under the various state and territory association incorporation legislation
  • an Indigenous corporation incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cwlth)
  • a body corporate created under state or territory legislation.

The department will only forward eligible applications to the assessment panel.



Applications close 17 May 2017.


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