Income Support

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Income Support

Farm Household Allowance (FHA) – The FHA provides up to three years of household income support to eligible farmers and farming families and includes a Health Care Card, up to $1500 for professional financial advice and up to $3000 for professional support, advice or training if the information remains current.”

Human Services Minister Senator Marise Payne said she strongly encouraged farming families not to delay in lodging their application for FHA. Claims for the FHA can be submitted online at the Department of Human Services website or downloaded from the website.

The Department of Human Services has a Farmer Assistance Hotline operating from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday on 132 316

Current Grants Dept. of Agriculture

Drought assistance

The Australian Government is lending practical support to drought affected farmers and rural communities through free personal and financial counselling. More information . . . . .

Other Current Grants and Assistance

NSW Department of Primary Industries

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) acts in partnership with industry and other public sector organisations to foster profitable and sustainable development of primary industries in New South Wales.

NSW DPI has a staff of approximately 3500 based at over 130 locations across the state, the department delivers a wide range of services to primary industries and rural communities. There is an emphasis on front-line services.

Go to NSW DPI Services

Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services delivers a range of Commonwealth services to the Australian community, including the rural community.

Here are links to the main rural assistance sections on the Department of Human Services website.

NOTE: This list is not exhaustive and these links are correct at the time of publication, however the Department of Human Services is a very large organisation, and assistance measures are constantly being modified, so please contact your nearest Rural Financial Counsellor if you have difficulty finding the correct information.

NSW Rural Assistance Authority

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) administers a wide range of assistance measures to the Rural Sector.  These assistance measures are both Commonwealth and State funded.  Whilst the Rural Sector is its core client, the Authority is also responsible forsmall businesses that have suffered loss or damage due to natural disaster.

Go to the RAA website

NSW Government Drought Assistance & Information

DroughtHub provides a one-stop online destination for information on a vast range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought conditions.

The NSW Government is committed to working closely with farmers, industry and stakeholders and has delivered a $300 million drought package to ensure NSW is better prepared for future drought conditions.

DPI makes every attempt to ensure the information supplied is current, however the individual circumstances of DroughtHub users should be taken into account when considering the linked services.