On 10 December 2019, a new $21 million Drought Support Program was announced to support drought-affected farmers. The package will help to fund rebates on council rates, pastoral lease rent relief, an expansion of the Rural Financial Counselling Service and a rebate scheme for emergency water infrastructure.
Through the additional support program funding, eligible farmers can access:
- A 50 per cent rebate for council rates or pastoral lease rent, for producers receiving or eligible for Farm Household Allowance. Find out more here
- A 50% rebate (or up to $50,000) under the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme. Find out more here
- Wellbeing support through the Family and Business support (FaB) mentor program. Find out more here
- Increased services through Rural Business Support, including Rural Financial Counselling Services. Find out more here
As well as this, there are a number of services and schemes available to help farm families, farm businesses and rural communities to prepare for and manage the drought conditions.