Drought assistance


ACCESS THE NSW DPI'S NEW DROUGHTHUB BY CLICKING HERE "A one-stop online destination for information on a vast range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought conditions." 

ACCESS THE NSW DPI'S NEW DROUGHTHUB
BY CLICKING HERE

"A one-stop online destination for information on a vast range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought conditions." 


GOVERNMENT Assistance Available

338685 - exchange money.png

Australian Government "Stronger Farmers, Stronger Economy"

Who? Australia
When? Now
What? Drought Concessional loans, drought recovery concessional loans, farm household allowance, managing farm risk programme, managing weeds and pest animals, Rural Financial Counselling Service, Drought Communities Programme.
How? See the Department of Agriculture website for details on the package.

Drought Concessional Loans

Who? Queensland, NSW, WA, NT, Vic and SA
When? Open for NSW
What? Loans of up to 50% of eligible farm business debt (up to $1m). Can be used for debt restructuring,operating expenses, drought recovery and preparedness.
How? See the Department of Agriculture website for eligibility criteria, details on the loan and information on state-based schemes.

Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS)

Who? Queensland drought declared areas
When? Open
What? Freight subsidies and rebate on water infrastructure up to a maximum of $20,000 per property per financial year (up to $40,000 in some circumstances).
How? See the Queensland Government website for application forms and how to apply.

Transport Concessions

Who? Queensland drought declared areas
When? Open
What? Drought assistance package for registered operators of vehicles including a range of permits and exemption from fees.
How? Call the DAFF drought information hotline - 1800 025 656.

Transport Assistance

Who? NSW
When? Open
What? Assistance, following a declared natural disaster with the cost of transporting fodder and/or water to an affected property, stock to sale or slaughter and stock to/from agistment. Subsidy of up to 50% of freight cost (max $15,000 per farm enterprise per financial year).
How? Refer to the NSW Rural Assistance Authority for more information.

Managing Weeds and Pests

Who? Initial focus in QLD and NSW
When? Not yet open.
What? Funds delivered through state and territory governments to local organisation in drought affected areas to manage pest animals and weeds.
How? Check back at the Department of Agriculture website for more information to be released shortly.

Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)

Who? Initial focus in QLD and NSW
When? Not yet open.
What? Free rural financial counselling to farmers, fisherman and small agricultural dependent rural business operators suffering financial hardship.
How? Check back at the Department of Agriculture website for more information to be released shortly.

Enhanced Social and Community Support Measure (CLOSED)

Who? Businesses, farmers and their families and communities affected by drought.
When? Closed June 2016.
What? Ongoing enhanced social and community support to assist farmers, their families and drought-affected communities who are experiencing family relationship issues, distress or mental illness.
How? Refer to the Department of Social Services website for a list of service providers and ways to access assistance.

Rural Assistance Authority

Who? The Authority administers a wide range of assistance measures to the rural sector.
When? Ongoing.
What? Information on loans, natural disaster relief, debt mediation, and the farm innovation fund.
How? Visit the RAA site today.

LATEST NEWS

A new package of drought assistance measures was announced in May 2015. It involves "$333 million in funding to assist farmers and rural communities to manage through and recover from drought". 

The much-awaited Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper will include longer-term drought risk management and preparedness planning. Keep an eye on the Department of Agriculture website for updates on new reforms.

"Drought mental health programs to end on June 30", The Weekly Times, May 2016.

"Mayor fears for regional economy as agriculture minister extends federal assistance programs for dairy farmers", ABC Rural, May 2016.

"Epic dry continues in Queensland with 94 per cent of state drought-declared", ABC Rural, May 2016.

"Drought hit Queensland farmers get $120m in assistance", Business Times, March 2016.

"Joyce defends drought loans scheme", Stock & Land, June 2015.

"Farm lobby groups call for national drought plan", ABC Rural, June 2015.

"Less than half the Commonwealth's concessional loans funds have found way to farmers, Agriculture Department figures show", ABC Rural, June 2015.

"NSW farmers call for more recognition and financial assistance through continuing drought", ABC News, June 2015.

"Drought cash supports battle against pests", Queensland Country Life, June 2015.

"Joyce defends drought loans scheme", Queensland Country Life, June 2015.

"Barnaby Joyce rejects farmers’ plea for extra drought aid", The Australian, May 2015.

"Queensland drought: Not every farm should be saved by taxpayers, Senator Barry O'Sullivan says", ABC News, May 2015.

"Farmers too devastated to take advantage of drought funding", The Logan Reporter, May 2015.

"Drought assistance should not be given to bad farmers, agribusiness leader says", Radio Australia, May 2015.

"Rural lobby group AgForce labels Queensland drought the 'worst in living memory'", ABC Rural, May 2015.

"Grass roots drought policy from farmers in north west New South Wales", ABC Rural, May 2015.


Experiencing hardship and need to find more information or access help?Please refer to our Mental Health Hub for quick and easy access to assistance. 

If you need help right now, please call help via the numbers on this page.


OTHER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE