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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Horticultural Netting Program trial?

The trial will assist horticultural primary producers to increase their resilience by reducing exposure to crop damage through the supply, or supply and installation, of new and/or replacement netting and associated support structures on land that had a viable horticultural primary production enterprise prior to 14 December 2021. See section on replacement netting definition further below.

Who can apply for the Horticultural Netting Program?

You must be a primary producer who draws at least 50% of your gross income from your horticultural primary production enterprise, which holds an active ABN. You must contribute a part of your labour to the horticultural primary production enterprise. At the time of application, you must have, and intend to continue, a viable horticultural primary production enterprise.

How much can I claim, and do I need to repay the grant?

The maximum grant amount is $100,000. This is a grant of 50% of your total spend, up to $100,000. For example, if you spend $200,000, you will get the full grant amount. If you spend $250,000 then the maximum amount you will receive is $100,000. See section on GST further below.

This is a grant and not a loan, meaning you don’t need to repay the funds.

What if I need further funds?

Should an initial application be less than the maximum grant amount, further applications may be submitted if additional expenditure is required.  The total value of grants to any business will not exceed $100,000 (excluding GST).

How long do I have to apply?

The program has limited fixed funding and will close on 30 June 2024 or when all funding has been allocated. You should visit the RAA website on a regular basis for the latest information regarding the close dates.

Complete applications will be assessed in order of date received. Incomplete applications will not enter the assessment queue until all required information is provided.

Applications are considered complete when all required documents have been provided. Your application may be reviewed by the RAA Administration team and further information requested to ensure that your application is complete and can be placed in the assessment queue.

What can the funding be used for?

The cost of a third-party provider to supply, or supply and install, new and replacement permanent and/or drape-netting/throw-over netting and associated support structures over horticultural crops existing prior to the commencement of the grant program.

The netting must be purchased and installed to increase horticultural productivity by reducing the impacts of adverse weather events or animal predation and to reduce water usage with a mesh size no larger than 30 mm.

What is meant by replacement netting?

Already existing netting that is no longer of a standard that can continue to reduce crop exposure, water efficiency and animal protection.

This does not include netting that was replaced as a result of being burnt during bushfires or damaged as a result of storm and flood events.

What evidence do I need to provide to receive payment of the grant?

You will need to provide a valid tax invoice that relates to the supply or supply and installation of netting.

Valid tax invoice means a paid invoice including the name, address and ABN of the entity that issued the invoice and a description of each item to which the invoice relates which is clearly identifiable as being related to approved expenditure for the applicant. The RAA can ask for proof of payment of the invoice.

Can I apply for the grant before I have incurred the expenses?

Your eligible activity must have commenced on or after 14 December 2021 and works must be completed within the claim dates shown on the RAA website www.raa.nsw.gov.au.

What information do I need to provide with my application?

You will need to provide the following documents:

  • Most recent Tax Return and Financial Statements, if prepared, for your horticultural primary production enterprise.
  • Most recent Tax Returns for all members of the business, beneficiaries of a trust and all Directors/Shareholders of a company where other entities are involved.  This assists in determining primary producer status.
  • Local Government Area rates (LGA) notice.

What do I do if I don’t have my current tax returns?

You will not be able to progress through the form without providing tax returns. If you do not have your 2021 tax returns, please upload your 2020 tax returns.

If you are an existing RAA customer and enter your BP number, you can select that we already have your tax returns on file.

You can provide permission for the RAA to contact your accountant directly to obtain your tax returns and financial statements.

What do I do if I don’t have a copy of my local government area (LGA) rates?

Your LGA council will be able to provide you with a copy of your rates notice. You can find your LGA here. Alternatively, if your LGA rates are not available, please provide a copy of your LLS rates.

Does the netting need to be a specific type of netting?

The mesh size must be no larger than 30mm. You will need to consult with your council in relation to the requirements for horticultural netting in your LGA.

Do I need to provide invoices for my claim upfront?

No, you can apply and seek approval before submitting invoices.  However, funding for the assistance is limited and the RAA will pay invoices ranked by the date received.  The availability of grants is subject to funds being available. Grants will not be offered beyond the allocated funding.

You do not need to provide invoices with your application.  Invoice submissions can be made until 30 June 2025.

Is the grant applied per business or property?

The grant funding is available per ABN.

I have multiple properties under one ABN, can I submit multiple claims?

You can have multiple properties, however, if running under the one ABN, you are only eligible for the grant once.

Is GST included in any payment received?

No. The GST component of any invoice received can be claimed on completion of your Business Activity Statement (BAS). The RAA will NOT issue a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI) on payment of the grant, and you should retain the payment advice that is forwarded as a record for taxation purposes.

Why is the RAA asking for further information after I have provided all information in my application?

The RAA reserves the right to request further information from you or from any business or individual you have engaged to assist in assessing your application and to verify any information provided in your application. Failure to provide such information may result in the RAA refusing your application.

How does the RAA protect itself against fraud?

The RAA has a strong commitment to fraud prevention, detection, and response. Making a fraudulent application, including providing false or misleading information, is a criminal offence that carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment, a fine of $22,000, or both. The RAA will also attempt to recover any assistance received as a result of fraud. More information can be found on our Fraud and Corruption page on our website.

Where can I get help?

  • Rural Financial Counselling Service
    If you are experiencing any issues completing the application form, free confidential assistance is available from your local Rural Financial Counselling Service:  
    Southern Region: 1800 319 458  
    Northern Region: 1800 344 090  
  • Translations 
    If you need assistance with interpreting or translating, please contact Multicultural NSW on 1300 651 500 or email languageservices@multicultural.nsw.gov.au.
  • Rural Assistance Authority (RAA)
    If you have any further questions regarding programs being delivered via the Rural Assistance Authority, please contact the team on 1800 678 593 or at rural.assist@raa.nsw.gov.au.