NSW Mouse Control Program – Zinc Phosphide rebate for Primary Producers

Zinc Phosphide Rebates available in Local Government Areas

Closing Date

Albury, Armidale ,Balranald, Bathurst, Berrigan, Bland, Blayney, Bogan, Bourke, Brewarinna, Broken Hill, Cabonne, Carrathool, Central Darling, Cobar, Coolamon, Coonamble, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Cowra, Dubbo, Edward River, Federation, Forbes, Gilgandra, Glenn Innes Severn, Greater Hume, Griffith, Gunnedah, Gwydir, Hay, Hilltops, Inverell, Junee, Lachlan, Leeton, Lithgow, Liverpool Plains, Lockhart, Mid-Western, Moree, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Narrandera, Narromine, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Singleton, Snowy Valleys, Tamworth, Temora, Tenterfield, Upper Hunter, Upper Lachlan ,Uralla, Wagga Wagga, Walcha, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle, Weddin, Wentworth &Yass Valley.Applications close 17th December 2021

Invoices must be submitted by 28 January 2022

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Primary producers - free confidential assistance is available from your local Rural Financial Counselling Service.

You can also give the RAA permission to work with your own private financial advisor or accountant to assist you, however you will be liable for any professional fees charged. Contact the Rural Assistance Authority team on 1800 678 593.

The application process

If you are unsure at any stage of the process as to how to complete the online application form, please use this Zinc Phosphide Rebate - Example Application document for information and helpful tips on how to proceed. (PDF, 1921.54 KB)


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Zinc Phosphide Rebate for Primary Producers

The NSW Government's Mouse Control Program – Zinc Phosphide Rebate program is available to eligible primary producers experiencing financial hardship as a result of the 2021 mouse plague, to help with the cost of purchasing the critical mouse control chemical zinc phosphide. The rebate is 50 per cent up to a maximum claim of $10,000 per farm enterprise.

Download the NSW Government's Mouse Control Program – Zinc Phosphide Rebate guidelines PDF, 3137.22 KB for full details on what you can claim.

You will be required to upload a number of documents during the application process. Please ensure you have a digital copy of the following documents:

  • LLS Rates Notice OR Land and Stock Return for the property where bait/baits will be used
  • Lease Agreement if you are the Lessee of a property where works will be completed
  • Tax Invoices for any zinc phosphide bait/baits that have been used
  • Most recent Tax Returns & Financial Statements for your Farm Business
  • Evidence if accessing a Rural Financial Counsellor

If you are asked to demonstrate financial hardship during the assessment process, you can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of compounding financial strains including the mouse plague, bushfires, floods, drought or the COVID pandemic.

This can be confirmed by one or more of the following:

  • Increased borrowings for working capital;
  • Drawdown of Farm Management Deposits;
  • Use of other cash reserves and investments;
  • Evidence of Rural Financial Counsellor assistance;
  • Successful application of RAA administered programs to support primary producers through drought, bushfires, floods or COVID in the last three years; or
  • Other evidence considered on a case by case basis.

Examples of other evidence to show financial hardship could include, but are not limited to:

  • Being at the limit of overdrafts and/ or credit cards;
  • Recent refinance or debt consolidation of borrowings;
  • Being on credit hold with suppliers;
  • Dishonours on bank statements; or
  • Letter from your agronomist.

Please see linked a Zinc Phosphide Rebate Supporting Information – Agronomist Letter Template (PDF, 152.99 KB) for your use (to be signed by your agronomist) should you wish to provide this as evidence of financial hardship.

The online application form has been designed to make the process as simple as possible. You will be required to upload digital copies of supporting documentation (please refer to the 'What you will need section') so please have these ready before commencing your application.


We recommend that you use the Google Chrome browser

If you are unsure at any stage of the process as to how to complete the online application form, please use this Zinc Phosphide Rebate - Example Application document for information and helpful tips on how to proceed. (PDF, 1921.54 KB)

Only one claim is to be submitted per application per ABN. You will need to submit all your invoices in one claim, you cannot claim in stages.

If you have invoices to claim now and expect to receive more before the closing date you will need to submit these in one claim later via this Claim Request  process.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions PDF, 338.4 KB for further information.

You will need:

  • BP reference number
  • ABN number
  • Case number from original application
  • Invoices

If you are unsure at any stage of the process as to how to complete the online claim form, please use this Zinc Phosphide Rebate - Claim Form Example. (PDF, 352.5 KB)

If you are experiencing any issues completing this application form, free confidential assistance is available from your local Rural Financial Counselling Service.

If you have difficulty understanding the guidelines or completing the application form you should seek the assistance of your rural/financial counsellor, business advisor, accountant or a trusted family member/friend. If you need assistance with interpreting or translating, please contact Multicultural NSW on 1300 651 500 or email languageservices@multicultural.nsw.gov.au.

For further assistance, please contact the RAA on 1800 678 593 or email us at rural.assist@raa.nsw.gov.au.

Mouse Control Rebate for Households and Small Businesses (including primary producers)

The NSW Government Mouse Control Rebate for eligible households, small businesses and primary producers provides access to rebates to help manage the cost of mouse baits and cleaning products. Eligible households can claim up to $500 and eligible small businesses (including primary producers) can claim up to $1000.

For more information about the rebates, visit www.nsw.gov.au/mice or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.

If you are unable to access support from your local RFCS or LLS office, you may be able to access additional support to complete your application through the RAA.

If you do not have internet access and/or are unable to complete an online application form you may request an appointment to complete a booking over the phone – please call 1800 678 593 to arrange a booking time.

Please note that the RAA will need your documents listed in the ‘What you will need’ section before this can be completed. These can be emailed or posted to us and must be received by the RAA prior to your booking.

Email: rural.assist@raa.nsw.gov.au

Post: Locked Bag 23, Orange, NSW, 2800

For information on mouse management and the zinc phosphide chemical, resources are available through the NSW Government website.

NSW Government – Farmers buying zinc phosphide

NSW DPI – Mouse management advice

Frequently Asked Questions