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Queensland Smart Farms

Queensland Smart Farms are a network of farms and industry learning centres dedicated to advancing Australia’s agriculture and food industries through AgTech innovation.

They are test beds for new farming and supply chain practices and technologies to drive and support industry adoption.

Queensland Smart Farms combine world-leading research, development and extension programs with state-of-the-art facilities and established industry networks.

Co-designed

Our smart farms programs and initiatives are co-designed by:

  • government
  • industry
  • AgTech providers
  • producers
  • supply chain businesses
  • researchers.

We are working together to bring the latest knowledge, technology and practices to agriculture.

AgTech for smart farms

AgTech is defined as an innovative technology used within primary industries and their supply chains for the purpose of improving efficiency and profitability.

Examples of AgTech at Queensland Smart Farms include digital technologies like intelligent apps, robotics, autonomy, and sensors, and non-digital technologies like protected cropping structures, fresh produce packaging, machinery, and biotechnology.

Smart farm locations

Situated within two of Queensland’s premier agricultural centres, our smart farm programs work in a range of climates, soils, production systems and supply chains across horticulture and broad-acre industries.

The two smart farms under development are:

Get involved

AgTech providers and Australian producers and supply chain businesses are invited to get involved with Gatton Smart Farm and Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Expressions of Interest will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications will be reviewed against the selection criteria by an appointed committee.

Who should apply

AgTech technology providers and research organisations interested in developing, trialling, or demonstrating a service or innovation with industry are invited to apply.

You can use our smart farms and our links with industry to accelerate the development, testing and adoption of AgTech. You can apply whether your product is market ready or still being refined.

Producers and supply chain businesses from across Australia who are interested in a particular type of AgTech or, who have an issue or opportunity they would like to see addressed with AgTech are invited to apply.

This includes businesses who would like to trial or demonstrate an AgTech product or service.

Before you apply

Please read the information and selection criteria below.

  1. Please read the selection criteria below to ensure you meet the requirements for your EOI.
  2. Please provide the following information in your application:
  • Company or organisation details
  • Information about the AgTech product or service:
    • a description of the AgTech product or service, including information about its market readiness, availability in Queensland, and any barriers to its legal operation in Queensland.
    • a description of the issue or problem the technology aims to solve or the opportunity it aims to create.
    • an indication of the industry and/ or crops of interest and any specific growing regions of interest.
  • A description of the type of support requested from Queensland Smart Farms (for example, support for further research, development and/or optimisation of AgTech, or support to demonstrate the technology to industry).
  • A description of the support the company will provide to Queensland Smart Farms—for example, support for AgTech installation, validation or training.
  • An agreement to:
    • provide open access to all data collected by the AgTech service or product.
    • provide access to Application Programming Interface (API) data as required.
    • participate in Queensland Smart Farms activities such as industry demonstration and field day events.
    • enter into trial and/or collaborator agreements with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and/or third parties if necessary.
    • allow Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to use the AgTech product or service’s operational and performance data for analysis, and images and video in presentations and communications with industry.
    • allow DAF to provide contact details to individuals or businesses interested in the AgTech product or service.
  • Evidence (or commitment to provide evidence) of company’s public liability, worker’s compensation and professional indemnity insurance as appropriate.
  • An outline of what the company hopes to achieve through involvement with Queensland Smart Farms.

Any supporting documents and images you wish to provide can be uploaded with your EOI.

Selection criteria

All Expressions of Interest will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

1. User centred

The AgTech meets user needs. The AgTech service or product meets an identified industry need and has clear alignment with known industry issues and investment priorities. Read about industry investment priorities for horticulture, grains and cotton.

2. No or low fee

The company is willing to provide the AgTech service or product free of charge or at reduced cost (for example, installation, subscription fees waived). In return, DAF will provide support to AgTech providers through integrating technology and providing opportunities to connect with industry.

3. Services and support
The company is willing to provide additional services and support free of charge or at reduced cost. For example, additional support to ensure Application Programming Interface (API) integration, training or specialist advice.

4. Showcasing
The company is willing to participate and support Queensland Smart Farm activities such as industry demonstration and field day events.

5. Meets legal requirements
The AgTech product or service can be purchased and/or operated in Queensland (that is, the AgTech meets all relevant Queensland legal requirements).

6. Open access
The company agrees to open access for all data collected by the AgTech service or product

7. Access to API data
The company agrees to provide access to API data as required.

8. Registered for GST
The company is an incorporated business registered for GST.

9. Insurance
The company has appropriate levels of public liability, worker’s compensation and professional indemnity insurance as per procurement requirements.

10. Contracts and agreements
The company is willing to enter into formal trial and/or collaborative agreements with DAF and/or third parties if necessary.

11. Licence to use data and imagery
The company agrees to DAF using the product or service’s operational and performance data for analysis, and images and video in presentations and communications with industry.

12. Permission to share contact details
The Company agrees to DAF providing their contact details to individuals or businesses interested in the AgTech product or service.

Queensland companies or companies with a Queensland distributor or agent will be favourably considered.

  1. Please read the selection criteria below to ensure you meet the requirements for your EOI.
  2. Please provide the following information in your application:
  • Business or organisation details.
  • A description of the issue or opportunity that you would like to see addressed with AgTech (if applicable). Include details about the nature of the issue or opportunity and anything you know about possible AgTech solutions.
  • A description of the type of AgTech that you are interested in (if applicable).
  • An indication of your interest in becoming an AgTech demonstration or case study site.
  • A description of your business, industry, crops and/or growing regions.
  • A description of the type of support requested from Queensland Smart Farms (for example, support for further research, development or optimisation of AgTech, support to trial or adopt a technology).
  • For businesses interested in becoming an AgTech demonstration or case study site, an agreement to:
    • provide access to data collected through AgTech used for trials and demonstrations.
    • participate in Queensland Smart Farms activities such as industry demonstration and field day events.
    • enter into trial and/or collaborator agreements with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and/or third parties if necessary.
    • allow DAF to use operational and performance data gathered through trials and demonstrations on the property for analysis, and images and videos in presentations and communications with industry.
    • allow DAF to provide contact details to individuals or businesses interested in the trial, innovation or demonstration.
    • provide evidence of business' public liability, worker’s compensation and professional indemnity insurance as appropriate.
  • An outline of what you and/or your business hopes to achieve through involvement with Queensland Smart Farms.

Any supporting documents or images you wish to provide can be uploaded with your application.

Selection criteria

All Expressions of Interest will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

1. Industry focused
The issue, opportunity or AgTech innovation meets an identified industry need and has clear alignment with known industry issues and investment priorities. Read about industry investment priorities for horticulture, grains and cotton.

2. Showcasing

The business is willing to participate and support Queensland Smart Farm activities such as industry demonstration and field day events.

3. Data sharing

The business agrees to provide access to data collected through the AgTech products or services used for trials, demonstrations, etc.

4. Insurance

The business has appropriate levels of public liability, worker’s compensation and professional indemnity insurance as per procurement requirements.

5. Contracts and agreements

The business is willing to enter into formal trial and/or collaborative agreements with DAF and/or third parties if necessary.

6. Licence to use data and imagery

The business agrees to DAF using operational and performance data gathered through trials and demonstrations on the property for analysis, and images and video in presentations and communications with industry.

7. Permission to share contact details

The business agrees to DAF collecting their contact details and sharing with individuals or businesses interested in trial, innovation or demonstrations.

For applications to the Central Queensland Smart Cropping Centre, Queensland-based businesses or businesses with a Queensland head office will be favourably considered. For applications to the Gatton Smart Farm, producers and supply chain participants from across Australia are encouraged to apply.

Submit your EOI

Fill in the form and attach any supporting information you would like to provide.

You will be notified of the outcome on your expression of interest by email.

Begin submission.