DROUGHT SUPPORT SERVICES
We know that farmers and rural communities deal with a range of on-farm challenges, including drought. Impacts drought can affect our communities, agriculture, economy and health. With many regions across Australia experiencing significant and prolonged drought there is a range of support services available that may help you.
Support for fire affected farmers
Funds to cover immediate needs for affected communities such as food, clothing and medicine to the value of $280 per adult and up to $700 for a family are available from Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding. Visit Personal Hardship Emergency Grants for more information.
Communities affected by the bushfires may also be eligible for a one-off Federal Government Disaster Recovery payment of $1000 per adult and $400 per child aged under 16. Visit Disaster Recovery Payment for more information.
Rural Business Support are available to assist and support businesses as they recover from the bushfires on 1800 836 211.
If you are in need of fodder following fire or looking to donate fodder call:
- Agricultural and Animal Services Functional Area (AASFA): 1800 814 647 for assistance with emergency fodder, water, animal care, or animal assessment.
- Victorian Farmers Federation: 1300 882 883
- Livestock South Australia: 08 8297 2299
The Australian Wine and Research Institute has released a video to help farmers assess and manage fire affected grape vines, you can watch the video here.
Bush fires and mental health
R U OK
There are a lot of good things about living and working in Australia’s rural communities, but we know our rural communities are doing it tough at the moment, facing unique challenges and the impact of the drought. Fewer services, natural disasters, isolation and loneliness are just a few of the things that can be harder to deal with in rural communities. There can also be a ‘toughen up’ culture where it’s not always easy to talk about the things or give us the confidence to ask a mate if everything is ok. If someone you know – a family member, mate, neighbour or workmate – is doing it tough, chances are they won’t always tell you. Sometimes it’s up to us to trust our gut instinct and ask someone who may be struggling with life “are you ok?” By asking and listening, we can help our mates and loved ones feel more supported and connected long before they even think about suicide.
It’s something we can all do by following a few simple steps to start an R U OK? conversation:
- Ask R U OK?
- Encourage action
- Check in.
FarmHub is an online portal that connects Australian farmers with services and support during tough times, such as drought.
Developed by the National Farmers Federation, the portal includes a comprehensive guide to drought assistance available from government, charitable and private organisations in all states. FarmHub provides links to organisations that offer information and support across:
- Drought relief assistance schemes
- Drought loans and assistance funds
- Farm household assistance
- Farm debt mediation
- Financial counselling services
- Foodbank drought relief
- Family mental health support and relationship advice
- Rural economic development grants
- Farm and rural legal services
- Weather outlooks
If you’re searching for drought assistance for your farm or business, FarmHub is a one-stop shop for information and support with fodder, water, transport, everyday-living expenses, health and more.
Financial drought relief assistance
With extreme drought conditions continuing across Australia, many financial institutions are recognising the impact these conditions are having on their agribusiness and farming customers.
Several institutions have committed to support these customers through a range of financial initiatives including:
Contact your financial services provider to discuss the assistance and support available to you.
The Australian Government announced a support package to deliver nearly $100 million in direct and immediate help for farming families in drought-hit communities. For more information visit the website
Drought and rural support
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has put together a range of information and advice to help people find support services and assistance in times of need.
For help and advice, visit the Drought and rural support page online.