Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) successfully lobbied the Australian Government to introduce a matched thoroughbred research and development levy.
This levy started in breeding season 2017 and currently raises about $400,000 from breeders each year, which is then matched dollar for dollar by the Australian Government. In addition, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Racing Australia have made additional contributions to the pool of funding.
This ongoing levy allows breeders to commission research that safeguards the long-term future of our industry. We are able to invest in projects that make a significant difference in areas such as the prevention and management of exotic and indigenous diseases; raising the conception rates of mares and stallions; improving foal health; as well as research into welfare, injury rates and industry modelling.
The levy is set at a rate of $10 per mare covered per season, paid by the stallion owner and $10 per mare returned per season, paid by the broodmare owner. These payments are made through the Australian Stud Book. Additional voluntary contributions will compliment levies collected and be available for research investment and are also eligible for government matching.