31 Aug 2021

Mouse numbers in Australia could rise again, depending on rainfall, as the weather warms in coming months.

Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said there were several options for farmers impacted by the mouse infestation.

Mr. Joyce said, “Since January this year, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has issued seven emergency use permits to support mouse control.”

“Farmers can also access tax concessions. They may be able to claim an immediate deduction for capital expenditure on fodder storage assets, such as silos and hay sheds,” Mr. Joyce said.

“On a broader level, the Farm Household Allowance is available to affected farmers.”

“I also encourage the use the MouseAlert app which can help notify farmers about changes in mouse activity,” Mr. Joyce said.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said following good rain we are looking at a bumper harvest, and unfortunately these conditions are perfect for mice.

“Taking action early will be key in keeping mouse numbers down. It’s important that farmers get out into the paddocks to look for damage or other signs such as active burrows, and to act at the first signs of activity.”

“The Grains Research and Development Corporation also produces material and information to help with mouse management, including printable chew cards for monitoring mouse activity,” Mr. Littleproud said.

“But remember there is support available for farmers who have had their businesses impacted by mice.

“The first port of call for impacted farmers is the relevant state and territory authorities who have been on the frontline of the on-the-ground management of these infestations, and this hasn’t changed,” Mr. Littleproud said.

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  • As part of the 2021–22 Budget, the government is supporting new investment and increasing business cash flow by extending the temporary full expensing incentive. Until 30 June 2023, businesses with turnover up to $5 billion will be able to deduct the full cost of eligible depreciable assets of any value in the year they are installed.
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