Support for pork producers

June 2017

When times are tough it is important to use the services available. Do not self-assess, as this can often lead to frustration and confusion. Seek assistance early as this will promote a healthy outcome.

Financial

Rural Financial Counselling Services (RFCS)

The Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW provides free and impartial rural financial counselling to eligible primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses who are suffering financial hardship, and who have no alternative sources of impartial support, to manage the challenges of change and adjustment.

Contact:

  • Northern Region 02 6662 5055
  • Southern Region 02 6452 5850
  • Central Region 1800 940 404

Depending on where you are located, ring one of these numbers to get contact details of your nearest Rural Financial Counsellor.

Farm Household Support

The Federal Government Department of Human Services provides help for farmers and their families experiencing financial hardship. To be eligible:

  • you must be a farmer or the partner of a farmer. If you are the farmer you must contribute a significant part of your labour and capital to the farm enterprise based on specific criteria
  • meet an income and assets test
  • be willing to undertake a Farm Financial Assessment, and
  • be willing to enter into a Financial Improvement Agreement to help you improve your financial circumstances

Contact: Farmer Assistance Line phone 132 316

Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner
Small Biz Connect is a quality, personalised and highly subsidised business advisory program for small businesses in NSW, including agribusinesses.

Contact: Phone 1300 134 359 to make an appointment and find the location of your nearest adviser

The Rural Assistance Authority

Farm Innovation Fund

The Farm Innovation Fund is an incentive-based initiative to assist farmers to identify and address risks to their farming enterprises, improve permanent farm infrastructure, ensure long term productivity and sustainable land use plus assisting to meet changes to seasonal conditions.

The availability of loans is subject to funds being available. No loans will be offered beyond the allocated funding. Applicants should contact the Authority prior to lodging an application.

A loan of up to $250,000 is available at very competitive interest rates

This program is funded by the Australian Government and delivered in New South Wales by the NSW Rural Assistance Authority.

Contact: Phone 1800 678 593 or Farm Business Concessional Loans Scheme

NSW Farmers Association

NSW Farmers Association is a membership organisation representing the interests of farmers across the state. The NSW Farmers Pork Committee advocates on behalf of the NSW industry on key issues that affect pork farming businesses including biosecurity, farm trespass, animal welfare, imports and product labelling. NSW Farmers also advocates on cross-commodity issues that are also vitally important to pork farmers, including decreasing farmers input costs with a focus on energy and water, ensuring access to appropriate labour, including skilled migration, and developing appropriate infrastructure.

The Committee is made up of farmers from across the state, who work proactively throughout the year to ensure the views of NSW farmers are being heard, both at the state and national level. Members of NSW Farmers also have access to additional member services such as industrial relations support for employment matters, discounts from sponsors and much more. To find out more, visit www.nswfarmers.org.au.

Health and wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing

For access to local mental health services contact the organisations listed below.

Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) provides a range of information services to individuals, communities and service providers to link rural and remote people to the help they need. This includes information on where to access services, common mental illnesses and how to keep mentally healthy, as well as the Glove Box Guide to Mental Health.

To find the location of your nearest RAMHP Officer call 026363 8444 and they will advise you where you nearest counsellor is.

  • Mental Health Line- phone 1800 011 511 for referrals to the Mental Health Service (inpatient and community services)
  • Kids Helpline – phone 1800 551 800 telephone counselling service 24 hours, seven days a week
  • Mensline Australia –phone 1300 789, 24 hours a day, 7 day  telephone counselling for men
  • Beyondblue depression information line phone 1300 224 636
  • Lifeline- 131114
  • Australian Red Cross- the Red Cross provides personal support during a disaster and an outreach service to affected households. Contact 1800 660 066 to find the nearest Red Cross Service to you.
  • Black Dog Institute – phone 9382 4530
  • The Salvation Army

For advice, personal support and referral to social services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact: Salvo Care Line 1300 36 36 22

For non-denominational counselling contact the Salvation Army Rural Chaplain:

Contact:

  • Central Western NSW Trevor and Maree Strong phone 0411 235 965
  • Far West North NSW Rusty and Di Lawson phone 0417797785
  • North NSW & Central West Peter and Gene Ridley phone 0423 293 305 or 0428 639 437
  • South Western NSW Victor and Vicki Keenan phone 0428 653 151 or 0418 202 669

St Vincent de Paul Rural Task force provides personal support, farm visits, advocacy, clothing and some financial assistance.

Contact: Phone 9560 2666

Australian Pork Limited

APL is a unique rural industry service body for the Australian pork industry. It is a producer-owned company delivering integrated services that enhance the viability of Australia’s pig producers. The organisation aims to enhance opportunities for the sustainable growth of the Australian pork industry by delivering integrated marketing, innovation and policy services along the pork industry supply chain. APL pursues opportunities for the industry at both the domestic and international level.

Contact: Phone 1800 789 099 or website www.australianpork.com.au

Useful links and information

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Development Officer

Jayce Morgan (based at Tamworth NSW) is the DPI Development Officer for the Pork industry.

Contact: Phone 0428 416 518 or email jayce.morgan@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

NSW DPI Rural Resilience Program

Rural Resilience Officers and Rural Support Workers provide information on support available for farming families and can connect them to relevant service providers. If you need assistance please contact: