NSW Aquaculture Industry Natural Disaster Assistance

To see if you are located within a declared natural disaster area and are eligible for assistance visit the RAA Declared natural disasters page.

Natural disaster assistance is available to help communities and individuals directly affected by flood, fire, storm damage or any other declared natural disaster. Vist RAA Disaster assistance.

  • Disaster Recovery Grants
    • Natural disaster recovery grants provide immediate relief to eligible primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations.
  • Disaster relief loans - Primary producers
    • Primary producers directly affected by a declared natural disaster who are in urgent and genuine need of assistance, may be eligible for low interest loans of up to $130,000.

Australian Government Support

For information on Australian Government Support visit Help in an emergency.

Seafood Innovation Fund

The NSW Government through the Seafood Innovation Fund is offering low interest rate loans to assist aquaculture farmers to identify and address risks to their business, improve permanent assets and infrastructure, ensure long term productivity and sustainable use of the marine, estuarine and land-based environment.

Rural Resilience Program

The Rural Resilience team work with primary producers across regional and remote NSW providing support by way of referrals, liaising with other services and delivering initiatives tailored to the particular need of the community.

NSW DPI Fisheries Fee Relief and Debt Waiver

To assist NSW DPI in assessing the level of damage from a respective natural disaster, such as fires, floods and storms, a simple online survey has been produced by NSW DPI. To report damage submit a survey.

  • Debt Waiver
    • If your location is declared a natural disaster area and you have been impacted you can apply for a NSW DPI Fisheries Debt Waiver (annual fees and charges) for 12 months on the basis of financial hardship.
    • Applications are assessed against a range of criteria, including being a current aquaculture permit holder; having a history of production; deriving the majority of their income from aquaculture farming; and assessment of income and available funds. For application forms contact Port Stephens Fisheries Institute, Aquaculture Administration on 02 4982 1232.
    • If you qualify for a NSW DPI Fisheries debt waiver you will also receive a waiver of NSW Food Authority State Program fees.
  • Payment Schedule
    • For aquaculture farmers not eligible for Debt Waiver, Payment Schedules to pay off debt over time, may be applied for. For application forms contact Port Stephens Fisheries Institute, Aquaculture Administration on 02 4982132.


You can also apply to Department of Planning, Industry & Environment - Lands for lease and licence fee relief.


Oyster lease compliance efforts in the event of a natural disaster will focus on lease marking and navigation safety. If you have a work plan and can not meet your deadlines then speak to your local Fisheries Officers.

Health and Wellbeing

For access to local mental health services, please contact the organisations listed below:

  • The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP)
    RAMHP provides a range of information services to individuals, communities and service providers to link rural and remote people to the help they need. Call 02 6363 8444 or visit the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program.
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
  • Community Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511
  • Mensline Australia: 1300 789
  • Beyondblue: 1300 224 636
  • Lifeline: 131114
  • Australian Red Cross: 1800 660 066
  • Black Dog Institute: 9382 4530