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. In the first round, $4.7 million was allocated. 

Round 2 Applications NOW Closed

Applications are now closed for the second round of Repeated Tenders. The next one is expected to open early 2018. To be kept informed of future rounds please register your interest.

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 on your farm.


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 will run 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

Fact Sheet 1: Overview of Reef Trust 4 Tenders

Fact Sheet 2: Ways to Refine Your Use of Nitrogen Fertiliser

Fact Sheet 3: Minimum Standards of Practice

Fact Sheet 4: Overview of Smartcane BMP

Fact Sheet 5: Frequently Asked Questions

Fact Sheet 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.


More Information

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

  • Phone: 1800 899 486
  • Email:

You can also contact your local WTSIP Extension Officer who can help you develop a suitable project as part of a farm scale nutrient management plan.

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