Drought—a recurring feature of the Australian landscape—is one of the biggest challenges farmers face and has a significant impact on agricultural output, productivity and on-farm incomes. The Australian and Victorian Governments provide a number of assistance measures to support farm families, farm businesses and rural communities to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought and other hardship. These measures cover a range of activities including concessional loans, taxation measures, enhanced social support and local community infrastructure projects.
The following link provides information to farmers on technical, financial and personal support to help reduce the impact of dry seasons experienced within our region: www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons
National Drought Map
The national drought map is an online tool that brings together information on drought conditions and associated support measures. Information such as rainfall patterns, soil moisture, agricultural types and employment by industries can be sourced for specific locations.
Farmers can use Farmhub to connect with services and support during difficult times, such as drought.
Victorian Government Drought Support
On 24 October 2018 the Victorian Government announced additional funding to help preparedness support to Loddon Shire residents who are experiencing dry conditions.
Details of the funding available can be viewed by downloading the October 2018 announcement summary document.
Summary of Victorian Government Package(PDF, 159KB)
Farm Household Allowance
The second lump sum payment is now available for farmers who qualify for the Farm Household Allowance (FHA).
This installment will provide couples in a household with up to an additional $6,000 (if both people are receiving FHA) and single households will receive $3,600.
FHA recipients between 2 December 2018 and 1 June 2019 will automatically receive the additional payment.
The FHA net farm asset threshold will remain at the increased limit of $5 million through to 30 June 2019.
These measures will help farmers manage through the current drought, and other hardship.
Don’t self-assess – call the Farmer Assistance Hotline 132 316 or see a rural financial counsellor to assess your eligibility today. This is a free service. Call 1800 686 175 or visit Rural Financial counselling service