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.
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.
Depending on where you are located, ring one of these numbers to get contact details of your nearest Rural Financial Counsellor.
The Federal Government Department of Human Services provides help for farmers and their families experiencing financial hardship. To be eligible:
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 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 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.
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.
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:
St Vincent de Paul Rural Task force provides personal support, farm visits, advocacy, clothing and some financial assistance.
Contact: Phone 9560 2666
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
Jayce Morgan (based at Tamworth NSW) is the DPI Development Officer for the Pork industry.
Contact: Phone 0428 416 518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: