Agricultural shows and field days provide an authentic and accessible showcase of Australian farming, regional life and are an integral part of Australian culture. They are at the very heart of regional communities, they bring rural and urban communities together, and they showcase new technology to promote competition and improvement in agricultural sectors. Agricultural shows play a crucial role supporting on-farm innovation and contribute to the profitability of our agricultural industries.
Agricultural shows and field days:
- contribute more than $1 billion to the economy annually
- attract more than 6 million patrons
- are supported by more than 50,000 volunteers.
Impacts of COVID-19
To date, over 700 shows and field days have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 most agricultural shows were not held, and in 2021 and 2022 the events that were held, had reduced attendees and volunteers due to COVID-19 restrictions. The sector has incurred large financial losses for over 2 years, which has significantly impacted local communities and their businesses.
The government has committed a total of almost $100 million to support the growth and long-term sustainability of these important events.
To relieve cash flow pressures for agricultural shows and travelling show businesses we have developed a range of grants to help keep the gates open.
Agricultural Shows Development Grant Program
This program supports the repairs, upgrades, building or buying of showground infrastructure or attractions for showgrounds.
- 2019 -2020: round 1 - $20 million
- 2022-2023 to 2023-2024: round 2 - $15.4 million
Find out more about the Agricultural Show Development Grants Program
Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days
This program supports agricultural shows and field days cancelled due to COVID-19.
- 2020: round 1 - $34.7 million
- 2021: round 2 - $18.2 million
- 2022: round 3 - $2.8 million
Find out more about Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days
Supporting Agricultural Showmen and Women
This program provides funding for operational support to travelling agricultural showmen and women to help them get back on the road and provide valuable services to agricultural shows.
- 2021-2022 to 2022-2023: Showground Rental Relief - $7.8 million
- 2021-2022: Showmen’s Guild Membership Fees - $0.5 million
Find out more about Supporting Agricultural Showmen and Women