Updated: 19 August 2018
On July 30 2018 the NSW Government announced a $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package to help farmers manage the effects of the current drought.
A transport subsidy of $20,000 per eligible farm business per year equating to up to $30,000 over 18 months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019. The subsidy is back-dated so farmers can apply it for freight expenses incurred since 1 January 2018. It covers 50% of the full cost of freight up to a maximum of $5 per kilometre and 1,500 kilometres per journey. Read more about the Drought transport Subsidy.
All LLS rates, including General Rates and Rates for Animal Health and Pests, the Meat Industry Levy, and costs of Routine Stock Moving Permit and Stock Identification will be waived for 2019. Contact Local Land Services for more information on 1300 795 299.
A rebate of up to $4,000 per licence will apply to the fixed component of bills for general security licence holders (and supplementary water access licence holders) in rural and regional NSW across surface and ground water systems, and to customers of Irrigation Corporation Districts (ICDs) for water entitlement costs incurred. Contact WaterNSW for more information on 1300 662 077.
Class 1 agricultural vehicles will be exempt from the next annual registration charge. Contact ServiceNSW for more information on 13 22 13.
All existing Farm Innovation Fund customers, and all applicants who submitted an application on or before 30 July 2018, will have applicable interest charges for the 2017/18 financial year and 2018/19 financial year refunded and waived. Contact the NSW RAA on 1800 678 593.
A loan scheme for capital works to a value of $250K (eg sheds, silos, water storage) for infrastructure works to prepare for dry conditions, to be more resilient and improve on-farm efficiency. Contact the NSW RAA on 1800 678 593. A state government initiative.
A one-off $50,000 interest free loan to transport stock, fodder and water; genetic banking of breeding herds and installing on-farm fodder and water infrastructure. Seven year interest free repayment terms. No repayment required in first two years. Contact the NSW RAA on 1800 678 593. A state government initiative.
100% of the cost of transporting donated fodder is available to transport providers acting in conjunction with community groups taking donated fodder from within NSW to drought- affected properties - up to a maximum of $5 per kilometre within 1500km. Contact the NSW RAA on 1800 678 593. A state government initiative.
A subsidy of up to 50% of eligible costs for the permanent transport of stock off a farm which is facing financial hardship and where livestock are at fat score 2 or below (dairy cattle 3 or below), to a maximum of $20,000 per financial year. Contact the NSW RAA on 1800 678 593. A state government initiative.
A subsidy of up to 50% of eligible costs for an approved course or activity, with a maximum reimbursement of $5,000 per farmer and $9,000 per farm business. Read more about the Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program. A state government initiative.
A structured negotiation process where an accredited, independent mediator helps the farmers and their creditors to negotiate and reach agreements about farm business debt. Farmers can negotiate their farm business debt with their lender at any time and don’t have to be in default or hardship. New farm debt mediation videos provide valuable information on the mediation process and aim to empower farmers to negotiate more effectively, in a fair and efficient way. Read more about Farm Debt Mediation. A state government initiative.
Income support for eligible farmers and their partners for up to three years, as well as planning and training for long-term financial improvements, including: Income support allowance, a dedicated case management to help develop a plan for the future and address challenges facing the business and household, up to $1,500 to carry out a financial assessment of their farm enterprise, and ongoing support from the Rural Financial Counselling Service. Call 132 316 or visit Farm Household Allowance for more. A federal government initiative.
Additional $75 million from the Australian Government to help support an initial 60 Councils in drought-stricken areas, funding local community infrastructure and other projects, such as emergency water supply. Call 132 316 or visit Drought Communities Program for more. A federal government initiative.
Primary producers can immediately deduct (rather than depreciate over three years) the cost of fodder storage assets, such as silos and hay sheds used to store grain and other animal feed storage, making it easier for farmers to invest in and stockpile fodder. Visit Taxation measures for more information. A federal government initiative.
$2 million in Australian Government funding to increase the total amount available a farmer can borrow in low-interest loans for these loans to $500 million in any one year to $500 million in any one year. These loans will assist with financing immediate needs such as purchasing feed and fodder. The first five years of these loans will remain interest only. Farmers with existing government loans will also be able to refinance to take advantage of the interest-only concessional period. Contact the Regional Investment Corporation on 1800 875 675 or visit the RIC website. A federal government initiative.
The Australian Government will invest $72 million under the National Water Infrastructure Assistance Development Fund for water infrastructure in drought-affected areas. Read more about the Water Infrastructure Development Fund. A federal government initiative.
An additional $2.7 million to develop new finer scale regional weather and climate guides, helping farmers make decisions about crop planting and stocking levels by better understanding their local climate risks. Vist the BOM for more information. A federal government initiative.
An additional $23.7 million to improve drought resilience by extending the Great Artesian Basin bore capping program that plugs abandoned bores and replaces free running channels with new water-efficient piping. A federal government initiative.
The Australian Government offers low interest loans for farmers to manage their business risks Assistance and to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought. Phone 1800 976 675 or visit the RIC website for more. A federal government initiative.
The scheme helps producers deal effectively with cash flow fluctuations by building up cash reserves to meet their business costs in low-income years. Eligible producers can set aside pre-tax income from primary production in years of high income, which can be drawn on in future years. Visit Farm Management Deposits for more information. A federal government initiative.
A one-stop online destination for information on services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought conditions. Visit DroughtHub now. A state government initiative. A state government initiative.
Local Land Services staff provide farmers with on the ground support and advice on animal nutrition, pasture management and livestock health. Local Land Services are also running drought information sessions across NSW and can connect farmers with other specialists. Visit Local Land Services for your local region. A state government initiative.
A mobile app to help farmers make decisions and save money by determining the minimum feed requirement for different livestock, and compare the value of different feeds or a mixed ration. The app covers 71 different feeds and calculates:
A team dedicated to building the personal and business resilience of farming communities by listening to concerns and collaborating with partners to address these. They make sure farmers connect with each other through events, facilitate useful learning opportunities and improve farmers’ access to information and services they may need. The Program includes Rural Resilience Officers and Rural Support Workers that cover the state. Visit Rural Resilience Program for more. A state government initiative.
Rural financial counsellors help farmers who are dealing with, or are at risk of, financial hardship. Rural financial counsellors can:
Visit the Rural Financial Councillors page to locate one in your region. A joint state and federal government initiative.
Some local councils have water filling stations available for domestic and stock use. Check with your local Council for availability in your area. Click here for guidelines for collecting water for domestic and stock use, guidelines for professional water caters and links to known participating councils.
Find out more about Farm Household Support.