National Farm Safety Education Fund: Improving Farm Safety Practices?
The National Farm Safety Education Fund: Improving Farm Safety Practices is a grant opportunity to support projects that result in improved farm safety outcomes nationally.
The National Farm Safety Education Fund was a 2019 election commitment of $3.5 million (GST exclusive) to support activities that improve farm safety outcomes, through increased awareness of farm safety and education to help prevent farm accidents. The program aligns with the department’s purpose of partnering and regulating to enhance Australia’s agriculture, unique environment and heritage, and water resources.
Funding of $1.9 million has been allocated to Farmsafe Australia to undertake a range of activities that will deliver on the government’s commitment to safer farms and reduce on-farm injuries and fatalities, and to develop the National Farm Safety Education Fund Strategy (the Strategy), which was released on 17 March 2021.
The objective of the National Farm Safety Education Fund: Improving Farm Safety Practices is better and more effective communication to farmers and those that live and work on Australian farms and in related industries, to improve their understanding and uptake of the behaviours and practices associated with farm safety.
The grant opportunity will support projects focused on education and capacity building in 2 priority areas:
- the next generation of farmers
- industry-endorsed training and continued learning.
The intended outcome of the grant opportunity is that farmers and those that live and work on Australian farms and in related industries have:
- increased positive attitude shift towards farm safety practices
- increased uptake of farm safety practices.
The Australian Government has announced up to $1.6 million (GST exclusive) is available to 30 June 2023. There is no maximum grant amount, but grants cannot exceed the amount of available funds
To be eligible, your grant activity must only be used for costs directly incurred in carrying out or administering the project as defined in your grant agreement. Eligible activities could include (but are not limited to):
- developing formal education modules, courses or literature
- delivering activities that increase participants’ farm safety knowledge and behavioural change
- developing or evaluating existing data sets to support delivery of proposed projects.
Eligible expenditure items may include (but are not limited to):
- contribution to the reimbursement of training costs (for example, travel, accommodation and meals)
- costs associated with developing formal education modules, courses and literature
- travel (for example, contribution to the reimbursement of fuel costs)
- accreditation costs (for example, costs incurred to evaluate, tailor or enhance existing VET accredited training programs).
The decision maker can choose to waive the eligibility criteria, however they must be made aware of the risks.
Organisations must be eligible as per these guidelines at the time of submitting an application.
Before you apply, you must:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- have an account with an Australian financial institution.
Applications close 28 July 2021.