A number of long-term low interest loans and financial support measures are available from NSW and the Australian governments. See the RAA's guide to choosing the right loan for your needs (PDF, 200.26 KB).
Available drought assistance in NSW is resource that identifies available financial assistance and support and advice.
Other measures available from the Australian Government.
NSW Rural Assistance Authority
Phone: 1800 678 593
- Drought Assistance Fund
$50,000 interest free loan to assist with transport associated with stock, fodder and water; genetic banking of breeding herds and installing on-farm water infrastructure. Primary producers have seven years to pay off the interest free loan and are not required to make a payment in the first two years.
- NSW Farm Innovation Fund
Provides long-term, low-interest loans for permanent on-farm infrastructure to assist primary producers to prepare for dry conditions, to be more resilient and improve on-farm efficiency.
- Farm Debt Mediation
Helps farmers and their creditors reach agreement on their present and future financial arrangements with an independent, accredited mediator.
Commonwealth services and support
Phone: 1800 900 090
- Farm Management Deposits
Assists primary producers build up cash reserves to manage financial risk and address business costs in low-income years.
- Rural Financial Counselling Service
A free and confidential service which provides information and assistance on financial position, budgets and submitting applications, available to farmers, fishing enterprise operators and small agriculture dependent rural businesses.
- Regional Investment Corporation
The Australian Government offers low interest loans for farmers to manage their business risks and to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought. Phone 1800 875 675.