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The Farming in Reef Catchments Rebate Scheme provides graziers, sugarcane producers and banana growers with rebates of up to $1,000.

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The Farming in Reef Catchments Rebate is to offset the cost of obtaining agronomic nutrient and sediment management advice from Accredited Agricultural Advisers.

To ensure the required standard of advice and service is provided under this scheme, QRIDA is administering the Accredited Agricultural Adviser (AAA) Program. 

What does an Accredited Agricultural Adviser (AAA) do?

Applications for the Accredited Agricultural Adviser program have now closed.

AAAs will be required to deliver agronomic nutrient and sediment management advice to commercial primary producers of sugarcane, bananas and beef cattle in the eligible Great Barrier Reef regions of the Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Mackay Whitsunday, Fitzroy and the Burnett Mary. To see these regions, view the Great Barrier Reef catchment and river basins map (PDF, 1.29 MB).

The purpose of the advice provided under this scheme is to:

  • assist commercial primary producers move into compliance with environmentally relevant activity (ERA) standard and any standard conditions for an agricultural ERA created in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1994and
  • help primary producers contribute towards actions and deliverables outlined in  the implementation table A1 of the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017-2022 (PDF, 892 KB).

QRIDA will list successful AAAs on this website so that primary producers can contact and engage AAAs under the scheme.

Accredited Agricultural Adviser eligibility criteria

To ensure the professional advice meets the requirements of the Farming in Reef Catchments Rebate Scheme, a set of criteria has been established to assist in assessing applications.

To be an Accredited Agricultural Adviser under the AAA Program, applicants will be asked to provide details of any of the following that apply to them:

  • relevant industry qualifications
  • relevant industry experience
  • membership of a professional body.

Applicants must provide either:

  • evidence of written advice or plans previously delivered to a client primary producer which relates to nutrient management/planning, sediment/erosion management, or land condition improvement within agricultural systems. Note: If the appropriate information is not provided, you will either be asked to provide further information, or your application will be rejected.
    • Reports relating to banana fertiliser recommendations, must include the N and P amounts contained in product recommendations and leaf sample results where threshold annual rates are exceeded for plant and ratoon blocks.
    • Reports relating to sugarcane must be clear that the amount of N and P that can be applied depends on soil OC% i.e. do not just quote the maximum allowable rates for the DYP. Recommendations must include N and P amounts contained in product recommendations for plant and ratoon rates for each block.
    • Grazing advice should address the regulated requirement of 50% ground cover at 30 September and the need to keep records of fertiliser application.

For each commodity, the advice should be property specific.


  • evidence of current accreditation as a Fertcare Accredited Adviser (i.e. a certificate of accreditation).

For a full description of an eligible applicant, please refer to the Information for Accredited Agricultural Adviser Program Applicant (PDF, 474KB).

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Last updated
19 April 2022