How we are funded
MLA is primarily funded by transaction levies paid on livestock sales by producers and are used to support marketing, research and development activities.
The levies are charged are collected by the Australian Government on the sale of each head of cattle, sheep and goat sold under the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1999.
Government matched funding
The Australian Government contributes a dollar for each levy dollar MLA invests in eligible research and development.
MLA generates additional income through MLA Donor Company (MDC), which attracts commercial investment from individual enterprises and others that share a mutual interest to co-invest in innovation that will benefit the industry.
The Australian Government matches voluntary partner contributions (up to 50%) through the MDC, where eligible projects deliver outcomes that address broader industry and/or government priorities and benefit the entire industry.
MLA also receives unmatched grants from the Australian government and cooperative contributions from other Research and Development Corporations, individual processors, wholesalers, foodservice operators and retailers. This includes grants as part of the Rural R&D for Profit program.
Other funding streams
Exporters and importers can also co‑invest with MLA on marketing activities through MLA’s CoMarketing Program.