Pilot Soil Monitoring Incentives Program
Please note – Due to climatic conditions around the country, including flooding and higher than average rainfall, Southern Cross University (SCU) and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry have agreed to conclude the pilot Soil Monitoring Incentives Program at the end of Tranche 2 (instead of 30 June 2023).
Applications have now closed (23 December 2022). All soil sampling under the program must be completed by 28 February 2023. If you are sampling for Emissions Reduction Fund carbon projects please discuss your sampling completion date with SCU as an earlier deadline may apply.
About the program
Southern Cross University has been engaged by the Australian Government to deliver the Pilot Soil Monitoring Incentives Program.
The Australian Government is providing $54.4 million over two years to support farmers and land managers to access low-cost soil sampling and certified testing in exchange for sharing their data under the Pilot Soil Monitoring Incentives Program.
Farmers and land managers may be eligible for benefits of up to $10,000 and receive assistance from Commonwealth-funded soil extension officers to interpret their soil test results.
The program may assist farmers to gather data for Emissions Reduction Fund projects.
Southern Cross University will be working with farmers and scientific labs, including the University’s Environmental Analysis Laboratory (EAL), to offer a comprehensive suite of soil sampling and testing, as well as putting land managers in touch with soil extension officers to interpret soil test results to better manage their valuable assets and enhance soil productivity, health and resilience.
Additional information on the program including eligibility criteria is available in our FAQs here.
Interested land managers can get in contact with Southern Cross University to apply.
Applications closed on 23 December 2022.
See below for contacting us and more information.
Benefits of up to $10,000 for farmers and land managers
Gather data for Emissions Reduction Fund projects
Access to comprehensive suite of soil sampling and testing resources