Landcare tax benefits

Fencing

The Australian Government provides a range of primary producer tax benefits to help farmers protect agricultural land.

You may be able to claim a deduction for capital costs you incur on a Landcare operation, and riparian management works. This includes the establishment of shelterbelts on land used in an agricultural business.

Information on these tax benefits is available from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO):

Landcare Tax Operation

The ATO defines a Landcare operation as one of the following activities:

  • eradicating or exterminating animal pests and invasive plant growth detrimental to productive land
  • preventing or combating land degradation, including erecting fences to keep out animals
  • erecting fences to separate different land classes in accordance with an approved land management plan
  • constructing drainage works to control salinity or assist in drainage control
  • constructing a levee or similar improvement

Riparian management works

These are works to stabilise and protect the banks and land adjacent to creeks, streams and other waterways. This includes:

  • fencing
  • revegetation
  • off stream stock watering
  • weed/pest management.

You can claim the cost of fencing to keep livestock out of creeks or other waterways that run through your farmland. You can also claim off-point water supply installations including pumps, pipes and other components to get water into a trough from a waterway.

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