Small Scale Pig & Poultry Farm Workshops & Grants

Published on 22 January 2019

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Do you keep pigs or poultry? Are you aware of the impacts of the planning reforms for sustainable animal production systems?

In 2018, Agriculture Victoria announced a range of planning reforms to better support animal industries. These reforms include clearer land use definitions and decision making support for land management with improved guidelines and Planning Practice Notes.

Key changes under the reforms include introduction of the following definitions:

  • Animal production
  • Grazing animal production
  • Intensive animal production
  • Intensive dairy farm
  • Pig farm
  • Poultry farm
  • Poultry Hatchery

It was recognised through the reform process that the pig and poultry industries can pose a higher biosecurity risk than other industries, due in part to the intensive nature of both. All pig and poultry farms need to be aware of their potential environmental and amenity impacts that can arise if farms are not adequately designed and sited. As such, it was determined that all pig and poultry farms will require a planning permit.

A simple planning permit application process with exemption from notice and review has been defined for low-density, mobile, outdoor pig and poultry farms. These farms have been targeted as a priority for simplified planning permit process as there are some existing farms in this sector which do not have planning permits, as they have not recognised their system as ‘intensive’ under the former definitions.

In order to minimise the impact of these changes on existing small scale pig and poultry producers, Agriculture Victoria have announced a support program including workshops and grants. The workshops will help producers prepare their planning permit application and identify on-farm works, advice and other activities that may be required to support their application.

Grants of up to $3,000 (exclusive of GST) are available to help producers with costs related to obtaining a land use permit. Eligible expenses can be related to on-farm works, consultancy and advice, or training that supports the preparation of a land use planning permit application. Producers must attend a workshop to be eligible for a grant.

Workshops will be provided free of charge, however you must register in advance to attend.

A workshop will be held in Colac on Tuesday 5 March 2019 from 9:30am – 3:30pmA full list of the workshops for small pig and poultry producers is listed on Agriculture Victoria’s website.

To register for a workshop or learn more please go to: agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/2018-planning-reform/planning-support-program-for-small-scale-pig-and-poultry-producers