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Federal Drought Assistance for farmers

Posted by Bestprac on Mar 10 2014

A drought assistance package has recently been released to provide help and support for producers in drought declared regions. If you are one of these producers there may be opportunites for you to recieve help.

The information below was sourced from the Australian Governments Department of Agriculture website:

"On 26 February 2014, the Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, and the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, announced a drought assistance package worth $320 million to support those farm businesses, farm families and rural communities facing hardship brought on by drought.

Key components of the drought package include:

  • More generous criteria for accessing income support will be made available to farmers from 3 March 2014 instead of 1 July 2014.
  • Drought Concessional Loans totalling $280 million will be allocated to give eligible farm businesses the resources to recover from the effects of drought.
  • Assistance of up to $12 million to assist drought-affected farm businesses to install water-related infrastructure.
  • $10 million in assistance will be available to help reduce the impact of pest animals in drought-affected areas.
  • $10.7 million to increase access to social and mental health services in communities affected by this drought."

To find out more about this please click here for the full fact sheet.

One of the aspects of this assistance is the 'Interim Farm Household Allowance"  You can apply for the allowance here.

Please review what support and assistance is available to you and remember services are available to help you find out if you are eligible.

Please call the Farmer Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16 if you require further assistance.

Last changed: Mar 11 2014

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