The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Rural Resilience Program has staff located across NSW, who work closely with partners such as the NSW Rural Assistance Authority, Rural Financial Counsellors, Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and Local Lands Services, to deliver initiatives tailored to the particular needs of the community and provide support by way of appropriate referrals.
The Rural Resilience Program leads educational, personal and business resilience building activities and work to ensure there is an informed and cohesive approach to supporting farmers across various agencies.
We listen to our farming communities, learn about their issues and needs and also about what other services and opportunities are available. Where appropriate we link farmers into existing services and initiatives. If particular services do not exist then wherever possible, we work with our community partners to create new initiatives and opportunities.
Visit Rural Resilience Program for more.
NSW DPI Rural Resilience Program
‘Listen, learn and link to create opportunities for farming communities’
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 your nearest Rural Resilience Officer or Rural Support Worker.
0400 374 258
0427 781 514
0438 082 731
0407 971 675
0400 160 287
0427 639 761
0400 869 136
0437 671 459
0408 687 165
There may also be opportunities to work with your local Rural Resilience Officer or Rural Support Worker (see above) to have a Farm Family Gathering in your area. These “gatherings” are an opportunity for support services such as financial, production and emotional/physical health providers to share knowledge and experiences with farming communities. They are also a great opportunity for farmers to share knowledge of the impact of adverse events on them personally and how they are coping. These gatherings have proven to lift the spirits of people when they realise that “they are not in this alone!”
Local Land Services delivers quality, customer-focused services to farmers, landholders and the community across rural and regional NSW. Local Land Services is one statewide organisation offering integrated services, delivered regionally and tailored for each community, industry and landscape.
Local Land Services helps secure the future of agriculture and the environment for NSW communities. The Local Land Services team is here on the ground when it matters, with knowledge, networks and experience. Its programs and partnerships grow farm productivity and healthy environments. Its services and partnerships play a vital role in helping to protect against pests, diseases and environmental threats while we connect our customers with the best services, advice and networks. Contact your Local Land Services today on 1300 795 299.
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.
Norther 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.
For other RFC offices visit NSW Rural Assistance Authority or call 1800 678 593.
The Federal Government Department of Human Services provides help for farmers and their families experiencing financial hardship. To be eligible you must:
Farmers Assistance Line or phone 132 316
Small Biz Connect is a quality, personalised and highly subsidised business advisory program for small businesses in NSW, including agribusinesses.
Phone 1300 134 359 to find your nearest adviser and make an appointment.
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.
Farm Innovation Fund or phone 1800 678 593.
From 1 July 2018, farmers will need to apply to the RIC for the Commonwealth’s farm business concessional loans. The RIC will offer two loan products for farm businesses – Farm Investment Loans and Drought Loans.
For more information about the loans and eligibility requirements please contact the RIC on 1800 875 675 or visit the RIC website.
The NSW Government is also offering farmers assistance with assessing their financial situation and future operations through the Farm Business Skills - Professional Development Program. This program forms part of the NSW Drought Strategy.
The Farm Business Skills - Professional Development Program provides primary producers with:
Participants can receive a subsidy of up to 50% of the total cost of professional development activities to a maximum of $5000 for the first person from the farm business across eligible programs.
Additional members of the farm business management team can also apply for support for up to an additional $1000 per person for a maximum of four people to a maximum of $9000 for the farm business over the five years of the program.
You are strongly urged to seek advice and application assistance for these schemes from your local Rural Financial Counsellor – see above for contacts – DO NOT SELF ASSESS.
The purpose of these low interest loans is to facilitate sustainable primary production in NSW. Eligible applicants up to five years of principle only repayments Interest rate is 0% Principle must be repaid within seven years.
For more information about eligibility and criteria please contact the Rural Assistance Authority or call 1800 678 593.
A subsidy on the transport of stock is permanently available to primary producers where:
NSW RAA or phone 1800 678 593
100% of the cost of transporting donated fodder is available to transport providers associated with community groups
The Farm Debt Mediation Scheme makes it compulsory for banks and other creditors to offer mediation to farmers before commencing debt recovery proceedings on farm mortgages. A neutral and independent mediator assists the farmer and the creditor to try and reach agreement about current and future debt arrangements
More information from:
You can elect to spread profit earned from the forced disposal or death of livestock over a period of five years.
Alternatively, you can elect to defer the profit and use it to reduce the cost of replacement livestock in the disposal year or any of the next five income years. Any unused part of the profit is included in assessable income in the fifth income year.
If you are forced to shear your sheep a second time in the same financial year there may be an opportunity to carry forward the income from the second shearing
You can elect to spread or defer profits if you dispose of stock or stock dies because:
For more information on this contact the ATO or your accountant.
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has a range of options for farmers experiencing financial hardship such as deferred payment plans.
Small Biz Connect is a quality, personalised and highly subsidised business advisory program for small businesses in NSW, including agribusinesses. Call 1300 134 359 to make an appointment with your local business advisor.
NSW Farmers Association is a membership organisation representing farmers across NSW. The NSW Farmers advocates on behalf of the NSW industry on key issues that affect farming businesses including biosecurity, farm trespass, animal welfare, imports and product labelling. The Committee is made up of farmers from across the state, who work throughout the year to ensure the views of NSW farmers are being heard, both at the state and national level.
NSW Farmers or phone 9478 1000.
NSW Farmers’ Drought Network has launched a page to provide service information, links to assistance and services to individuals and families conducting, directly or indirectly, primary production businesses that are being impacted by drought conditions in NSW.
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.
Australian Pork Limited or phone 1800 789 099
Feed Testing is an integral part of good animal nutritional management to achieve the best and most profitable results.
The Feed Quality Service is unique in Australia; it is the only feed testing laboratory that integrates feeds evaluation, ruminant nutrition, and pasture and crop research with commercial feed testing and has links with development officers to package research and related information generated by the service.
FQS currently provides a range of analytical services to internal research programs, external research and commercial organisations, and private individuals (farmers) using both wet chemistry methods and Near Infrared (NIR) Spectroscopy
FQS also reports calculated feed quality parameters including Metabolisable Energy (ME; ruminants), Apparent Metabolisable Energy (AME; poultry) and Digestible Energy (DE; pigs, horses & fish) (Appendix 3).
For more information contact 1800 675 623 or email@example.com
Dairy Australia has produced this webpage for farmers on activities and supportive resources available to all farmers who are facing challenging circumstances.
For more information contact Dairy Australia on 1800 004 377 or visit:
For access to local mental health services contact the organisations listed below.
For personal support contact the Salvation Army Rural Chaplain:
Provides personal support, farm visits, advocacy, clothing and some financial assistance phone 02 9560 2666.
DroughtHub Management information.
General drought management