In an emergency, call 000
In a bushfire emergency, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) work together as the Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Area (AASFA), supporting the NSW Rural Fire Service to:
Being prepared is key to minimising the impacts of fire on your property, your family and your animals. Find out what you need to do before, during and after a bushfire emergency.
Bushfire affected farmers and landholders
Fire affected farmers and land managers requiring assistance with livestock assessment, animal welfare and veterinary assistance or livestock euthanasia or burial, can call 1800 814 647.
Emergency fodder is available as a temporary measure for up to 3-days to give landholders time to make decisions about their stock. It will be distributed according to the following criteria:
Exceptional circumstances will be assessed case by case.
Primary producers should report damage including stock and fodder losses, damage to crops, pastures, fencing and other farm infrastructure through the Natural Disaster Damage Survey. This will ensure we understand the severity and distribution of the damage and can target resources and assistance in the appropriate areas
Natural disaster assistance is available to help communities and individuals directly affected by flood, fire, storm damage or any other declared natural disaster, when a declaration is made by the NSW Government. To support relief and recovery following a declared natural disaster a range of measures are made available by the NSW Government.
The Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) provides a range of financial assistance and support during a natural disaster, including the following grants and loans.
Call the Rural Assistance Authority: 1800 678 593
The impact of fires, floods and other natural disasters can affect primary producers beyond their own resilience levels, requiring assistance to recover personally and financially.
NSW DPI and LLS coordinate and provide recovery assistance and advice to landholders, primary producers, commercial fishers and other industries impacted by a natural disaster event.
For advice on animal, pastures and cropping advice or local recovery activities contact Local Land Services.
Our Youtube playlist contains bushfire recovery information on:
The Australian National University has developed a free Community Trauma Toolkit containing resources to help support adults and children before, during and after bushfires.
For information about rural health and wellbeing and mental health resources visit RAMHP
In an emergency, call 000