Support services for agricultural businesses

Rural Economic Development (RED) grants

RED grants are available to eligible applicants for projects which create economic and employment opportunities across rural and remote Queensland.

Example projects could include the development of new products or markets, or improved business processes where such investment creates employment. These grants are available to a range of applicants such as medium sized businesses (any business under 200 employees).

Expressions of interest for Round 1 have closed. Funding for Round 2 will be announced in 2019. If you'd like to be notified when Round 2 is open please email your details to contact_us@qrida.qld.gov.au.

Further information on the scheme can be found on the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority website.

Agriculture overview

The Queensland Government offers a wide range of services to support Queensland's agricultural industries. There are also many commercialisation opportunities available for agricultural businesses.

FutureBeef

FutureBeef is an initiative to connect beef businesses with the latest research technologies and best management practices to improve their productivity and profitability.

Commercialisation opportunities

Valuable commercialisation opportunities are available to Queensland agribusiness, including new plant varieties and agricultural and pest management technologies to boost sustainable productivity and improve end products. These opportunities are managed by open-tender process in most cases.

Drought relief

Primary producers can call on a range of drought services, including financial assistance, livestock nutrition and animal welfare information, and business-management strategies.

Industry development

Information about agricultural business prospects is available for a wide variety of developing agricultural industries, including industrial hemp and kangaroos.

Industry trends

To help agricultural industries improve their competitiveness and plan for the future, research is conducted on industry performance, consumer behaviour and social and demographic trends.

Investment opportunities

The Queensland Government works across agribusiness supply chains to increase the flow of private investment into Queensland's agricultural sector. The government works closely with:

  • businesses looking to invest in Queensland agricultural industries
  • businesses looking for finance to expand their agricultural enterprise.

Read more about investing in Queensland's food and agribusiness industry.

One-stop service

We provide an information and support service to help you undertake, expand or diversify your agricultural business or investments in Queensland. Visit our One-stop service for agriculture development and investment.

Research stations and facilities

The Queensland Government operates a number of different research stations and facilities that help service Queensland's animal and plant industries.

Women in rural industries

The Queensland Government has a number of initiatives that support women working in Queensland's rural industries.

Farm business assistance programs

In Queensland, farm business assistance programs are administered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) including the Primary Industries Productivity Enhancement Scheme (PIPES) of concessional loans and the Australian Government's Drought Concessional Loans Scheme.

Note, the lending cap and certain eligibility criteria for PIPES have changed from October 2016. Interested primary producers should contact QRIDA to find out more.

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