Reef Trust Phase 4 Repeated Tenders

Reef Trust Phase IV - Repeated Tenders is aimed at reducing the use of N on cane farms.

reef trust tenders

The Australian Government is providing up to $11.8 million to cane growers in the Wet Tropics and Burdekin NRM region. There is approximately $2.68 million available for the third round.  


Contact your local WTSIP Extension Officer to find out more.

Funding up to $500,000

Successful bidders will be those offering best value for money projects.

Focused on refining the use of nitrogen fertiliser on cane farms

You can develop your own project based on the practice changes that you think will be most effective for your nitrogen management.


A number of market-based competitive tenders (reverse auctions) will be used to allocate funds (up to $500,000) to bidders offering the best value for money projects over a number of years.

The program is running for 5 years from January 2017 - June 2022.

Terrain NRM has been appointed to administer the tenders on behalf of the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership (WTSIP).

This project aims to build on the success of previous tenders where a number of growers have benefitted from improved nitrogen management, which has resulted in cost savings without affecting yield.

Growers have the flexibility to choose what practice changes to make on their farm to refine their use of nitrogen (N) input.

Information Fact Sheets

Factsheet 1: Introducing the Tenders

Factsheet 2: Improving Nitrogen Management

Factsheet 3: Minimum Standards of Practice Management

Factsheet 4: Smartcane Best Management Practice Program

Factsheet 5: Frequently Asked Questions

Factsheet 6: Developing a Tender

Case Studies

There were 14 growers who took part in the first (Phase 1) reverse tender in 2014. You can read case studies on these projects to find out how other growers used this funding and how they rated their experience of the program.

If you would like to discuss the tender program with our project staff please contact them on the following:

  • Phone: 1800 899 486
  • Email:

The Australian Government also has more information on it's website: