Assistance Announcements

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We round up State and Federal announcements regarding drought assistance.
  • Federal budget

    Federal Budget contains drought support, trade assistance and disaster relief for farmers (ABC Rural, 2 April 2019) Billions of dollars will be allocated to natural disaster response as part of the 2019-20 Budget, and farmers can expect a boost to drought support and foreign market access — but there will
  • $31 million Vic irrigation project

    ‘I can’t make it rain’: Morrison’s $31 million drought relief package for farmers (SBS, 24 February 2018) Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced $31 million for an irrigation project in Victoria’s Gippsland region as farmers grapple with drought.
  • Victorians feel ignored

    Farmers ‘insulted’ and feel ignored by Victorian Government’s latest drought assistance (Isabella Pittaway, ABC Rural, 22 February 2019) Farmers are disappointed and say Victoria’s Agriculture Minister is “naive” and “out of touch” as she announced additional drought relief for the state’s farmers, which excludes municipal rate relief.
  • LLS rate notice relief

    LLS rates notices bring drought relief for landholders in the region (Central Western Daily, January 22 2019) Landholders across NSW will soon receive their Local Land Services rates notices in the mail but this year, there will be a welcome number – a zero. The NSW Government’s Drought Relief Package, announced
  • Keep funding going

    Drought-affected Queensland communities call for funding to keep them going (Cathy Van Extel, RN Breakfast, 4 January 2019) As 2019 gets started there are communities in Queensland facing their seventh year of drought.
  • WA assistance

    WA farmers and government at odds on drought assistance (Dakshayani Shankar, WA Today, 6 December 2018) Relief packages are available but the WA government is hesitant to declare the situation a drought.
  • Vic infrastructure grant

    Grant available to tackle drought (Daron Jacks, The Weekly Times, 28 November 2018) THE Victorian Government has established the On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants program to assist farm businesses with drought management and preparedness. A grant of up to $5000 (excluding GST) is available to help eligible farm businesses implement
  • Drought Fund Bill

    Drought Fund bill introduced to parliament (SBS News, 28 November 2018) The federal government’s plan to set up a $5 billion fund to help farmers with future droughts has reached parliament. The Future Drought Fund was the key announcement from last month’s national drought summit in Canberra and is to
  • Vic Red Cross

    Red Cross expands drought grants to eastern Victorian farmers (Emma Field, ABC, 12 November 2018) More help is now available to farming families coping with the drought in Victoria. The Red Cross drought appeal has raised more than $10 million and they will use part of these funds to offer assistance to
  • Stalled allowance process

    Drought help through Farm Household Allowance stalled by Centrelink processes, claim farmers (Sally Bryant, ABC, 12 November 2018) The application process for a much-publicised Federal Government drought financial assistance program is being bogged down in Centrelink’s service delivery, according to a farmer who has made an application.
  • $5b Future Fund

    New $5 billion future drought fund to help farmers battle changing climates (Brett Worthington, Anna Henderson, ABC, 26 October 2018) The Federal Government will initially commit $3.9 billion to the fund, which will reach $5 billion by 2028.
  • Policies to address drought

    What’s being done about the drought (, 26 October 2018) The federal government has announced a range of measures to tackle the drought, including a $5 billion future fund.
  • Vic $25m package

    Victorian farmers get $25m drought support package to help boost preparedness (Warwick Long, ABC, 24 October 2018) The Victorian Government has announced a $25 million drought preparedness and support package that expands relief arrangements for farmers living in drought-affected areas across the state.
  • Central West help

    Central West farmers receive $1.5 million in Emergency Drought Relief help (Sahil Makkar, Western Advocate, 15 October 2018) The NSW Government says it has given $1.5 million in grant from its Emergency Drought Relief package to 285 farmers in the Central West. It announced its $500 million EDR package in July,
  • Finance Taskforce

    Government launches Drought Finance Taskforce (Charbel Kadib, Mortgage Business, 11 October 2018) The federal government has launched a taskforce designed to foster cooperation between the government and the banking sector to provide relief to drought-affected farmers.
  • Small Business Funding

    ‘They’re really doing it tough’: Senator Bridget McKenzie on Government’s $75 million drought package (Michael McLaren, 2GB, 9 October 2018) A $75 million funding injection for regional, rain-deprived areas has been announced by the Morrison Government.
  • Asset test relaxed

    Off-farm asset tests relaxed for farmers seeking drought assistance (Olivia Ralph, Yass Tribune, 7 October 2018) The NSW Government announced it had relaxed the gross off-farm asset test for farming families seeking drought assistance. The Drought Transport Subsidies and the Drought Assistance Fund had a narrow eligibility criteria, making many farming families
  • Eligible farmers not applying

    ‘Give them the money’: Calls for urgent action to fix drought relief scheme (Claudia Jambor and Anna Henderson, ABC Western Plains, 25 September 2018) A tiny fraction of farmers who are eligible for federal drought relief payments are currently receiving them, according to new government figures.
  • SA Support

    Program to support drought affected regions announced (Piper Denholm, The Flinders News, 24 September 2018) The government has appointed eight family and business (FaB) support scouts; experienced mentors and business counselors who will be based in the upper Eyre Peninsula, Murray-Mallee, upper North and the pastoral district.
  • No Federal funding for SA

    Federal drought funds skip South Australia (Rachel McDonald, Eyre Tribune, 21 September 2018) A $75-million boost to the Drought Communities Program (DCP) is yet to include support for South Australians in drought-affected areas.
  • Drought Summit

    National drought summit next month: PM (Paul Osborne, The Islander Online, 19 September 2018) Prime Minister Scott Morrison will host a national drought summit on October 26 in Canberra.
  • Departing from agreed

    Drought gap: NSW “departing” from nationally agreed support measures (Peter Hunt, Weekly Times, 19 September 2018) POLITICS has more to do with triggering state-based drought support than lack of rain, say NSW and Victorian farmers.
  • State water fund

    States resist dip into $2 billion water infrastructure fund despite drought (Brad Thompson, Australian Financial Review, 12 September 2018) The federal government’s Regional Investment Corporation is on the cusp of issuing the first of up to $2 billion in drought loans, but has had virtually no interest in a matching
  • Vic farmers wanting more

    Victorian government’s $5m drought package leaves Gippsland farmers wanting (Isabella Pittaway, ABC Rural, 12 September 2018) Victorian farmers wanting freight or rate subsidies will be left disappointed with the State Government’s $5 million drought support package.
  • Vic drought fences

    Drought fences help save pasture (Sue Neales, The Australian, 12 September 2018) Victorian farmers in drought-­declared East Gippsland have been given $1.4 million in government grants to build new ­fences dividing grazing pad­docks into smaller “drought lots” where they can hand-feed hay and fodder to their remaining cattle and sheep.
  • NSW: Preschool funding

    Premier Berejiklian visits Dubbo to announce $3 million drought-relief package for preschools (Antonia O’Flaherty, Daily Liberal, 12 September 2018) Drought-affected preschools are set to receive a minimum of $3000 each after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a $3 million drought-relief package in Dubbo on Wednesday.
  • Roadside grazing permits

    More grazing options for drought-stricken farmers (Jessica McGrath, South Burnett Times, 10 September 2018) SOUTH Burnett drought-affected farmers are eligible to apply for short term roadside grazing permits.
  • Narromine workshop

    NSW drought: CWA and Lifeline Central West to host free workshops to help farmers (Narromine News, 8 September 2018) The free Workshop in Narromine will be held on October 10 at the CWA rooms on the corner of Nymagee street and third avenue between 1pm and 5pm.
  • Assistance for Gippsland

    Drought assistance grants on way for Gippsland (Peter Hunt, The Weekly Times, 4 September 2018) GIPPSLAND’S drought-affected farmers will gain access to a state government drought support package within three weeks, according to Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford.
  • $6.3m mental health package

    $6.3m to help drought-stricken farmers suffering mental health issues (Cecilia Connell and Nadia Daly, ABC Upper Hunter, 2 September 2018) Drought-affected communities across NSW will have access to 20 new farmgate counsellors and frontline mental health workers as part of a $6.3 million package.
  • Vic: No direct support yet

    Gippsland drought: Andrews Government yet to offer direct support (Peter Hunt, The Weekly Times, 29 August 2018) GIPPSLAND’s two-year drought has drained farmers’ dams of water, sheds of hay and bank accounts of critical reserves. However, the Andrews Government has yet to offer any direct support to farmers, with Agriculture
  • Water release

    Major release in rivers to help irrigation and to water stock (John Ellicott, Western Magazine, 27 August 2018) Up to 15,000 megalitres of environmental water will be released down the state’s rivers to help farmers irrigate and water stock, the NSW Government announced on the weekend. Water will be made available
  • Environmental Water Release

    Major release in rivers to help irrigation and to water stock (John Ellicott, Forbes Advocate, 26 August 2018) Up to 15,000 megalitres of environmental water will be released down the state’s rivers to help farmers irrigate and water stock, the NSW Government has announced. Water will be made available within the
  • Drought Communities Program

    Drought Communities Program extended (August 21 2018, The Inverell Times) Inverell Shire Council is being encouraged to apply for their share in the Drought Communities Program, which has been extended with an additional $75 million by the Government.  Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said all 10 councils in his electorate were eligible
  • Household cash assistance

    Federal government makes it easier for drought-stricken Riverina farmers to claim household cash assistance (Rex Mertinich, The Daily Advertiser, August 21 2018)
  • Federal government drought support

    Farm organisations welcome big jump in federal government drought support (Beef Central, 20 August 2018) State farm organisations in NSW and QLD have welcomed additional funding and new initiatives announced yesterday as part of the Federal Government’s drought support package for farmers and regional communities.
  • Federal Government 2nd Round

    Tax breaks, concessional loans focus for Federal Government’s second round of drought aid (Natalie Kotsios, August 20 2018, The Weekly Times) TAX breaks, more cash for low-interest loans and funding for drought-stricken communities are part of the Federal Government’s second round of drought support measures. The Government has also promised
  • Victoria

    ‘Don’t forget us’: Farmers in Victoria’s east battle a ‘green drought’ (Kellie Lazarro and Emma Field, ABC Gippsland, August 20 2018) Farmers in Victoria’s east have made an impassioned plea not to be forgotten in the debate about drought. Drought has been declared in most of Gippsland due to a
  • Federal: low interest loans increased

    Drought assistance funding doubles low-interest loan cap to $2 million (Emilia Terzon, August 19 2018, ABC Rural) The move increases the loan allocation to $2 million and is among a raft of changes announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the New South Wales town of Forbes on Sunday.
  • 60 Drought Affected Councils

    Prime Minister Turnbull gives councils drought cash (August 19 2018, News Corp Australia Network) COMMUNITIES reeling from Australia’s worst drought in more than 50 years will be given extra funding to help deal with the dry conditions in their own way. Sixty drought-affected councils across western Queensland, NSW and Victoria
  • NSW cash, tax breaks and loans

    NSW drought: $1 million packages and tax breaks on table (Jack Morphet, August 19 2018, The Sunday Telegraph) DROUGHT-stricken rural communities will each receive a $1 million cash injection, and farmers will get new tax breaks and low-interest loans as part of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s latest response to the
  • $1m to 60 councils

    Drought aid boosted to $1.8 billion (SBS News, August 18, 2018) Sixty drought-affected councils across western Queensland, NSW and Victoria will be handed $1 million each to spend on anything from trucking in drinking water to building new community facilities.
  • NSW freight dimension changes

    NSW Government changes allow more hay to be transported per truckload to drought-affected farmers (Cecilia Connell, August 13 2018, ABC Upper Hunter) As New South Wales farmers are forced to look further afield to source cattle feed during the current drought conditions, the State Government has announced a suite of changes
  • QLD additional $9m

    Queensland drought relief programs to gain from $9 million additional funding (The Courier Mail, August 13, 2018) QUEENSLAND will add $9 million dollars to drought relief programs and appoint two special commissioners to oversee the response to the worsening issue.

    Drought assistance: ANZ falls into line on farm management deposits (Natalie Kotsios, The Weekly Times, 9 August 2018) ANZ has fallen into line and will allow farmers to offset their farm management deposits against their business loans. The bank’s announcement this afternoon — part of a new drought support package
  • QLD Drought Appeal

    Queensland Drought Appeal launched to help battling farmers (Trenton Akers & Dan Knowles, The Courier-Mail, August 9 2018) Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today launched the Queensland Drought Appeal, with The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail joining forces with 7 News and the Country Women’s Association to raise awareness during the state’s showcase bush event, the Ekka.
  • FMD: All banks

    All major banks join farm loan scheme (, 9 August 2018) All the major banks have agreed to let drought-affected farmers offset money put away in good times against funds they’ve borrowed. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud had piled pressure on them to let farmers offset Farm Management Deposits against their
  • Westpac $100m

    Westpac commits $100 million to support lending under new Drought Assistance Package (Beef Central, 09 August 2018) n response to the exceptional drought circumstances affecting all Australian states, Westpac has today announced it is extending its support to customers under a new Drought Assistance Package.
  • Culling laws relaxed

    Kangaroo culling laws relaxed by NSW Government on day state declared 100 per cent drought affected (Anna Henderson, ABC Rural, 8 August 2018)
  • 100% NSW now in drought

    NSW DROUGHT: State government welcomes federal assistance, 100 per cent of NSW now in drought (Jennifer Hoar, Narromine News Online, August 7 2018)
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