Support for drought-affected families and businesses

The South Australian Government Drought Support Program helps primary producers, local business owners and your families get the assistance you need to move towards the path of recovery.

Talking to a Family and Business Support mentor will connect you to programs and services available to you; or, you could build your business acumen by signing up for the 12 month Farm Business Management program.

Family and Business Support Program (FaBS)

The Family and Business Support Program (FaBS) is a group of people ready to help you during difficult situations like drought, bushfire and other adverse events.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, contact FaBS for support.

What the FaBS team are about

All FaBS team members are:

  • independent
  • confidential
  • from a variety of regional business and agricultural backgrounds
  • experienced in dealing with emergency situations.

What our FaBS do

FaBS provide free, informal advice on what to do next.

FaBS are an experienced team of professionals who will listen and help you find ways to manage the situation. Team members work closely with service providers and can help connect you to services, including:

  • financial counselling
  • local health networks
  • emotional wellbeing and counselling services
  • government and non-government assistance
  • community organisations and donations.

COVID-19 update

FaBS services are still operating during the COVID-19 crisis. FaBS team members are practicing social distancing rules by providing consultations via phone or video conference. This service continues to be free for farmers and small businesses impacted by drought, bushfire and other adverse events.

FaBS for drought recovery

Primary producers, their families and small business dealing with drought can get help by connecting with a FaBS mentor.

Mentors are available in, or near, the drought-affected areas of:

  • Adelaide Hills
  • Eyre Peninsula
  • Mid North
  • Murray-Mallee
  • Pastoral
  • Upper North.

How to contact FaBS mentors

To connect with a drought FaBS mentor, you can contact the PIRSA Recovery team, or call a mentor directly.

PIRSA Recovery Hotline: 1800 931 314
Email: PIRSA.drought@sa.gov.au

Adelaide Hills
Colleen White: 0409 388 649

Eyre Peninsula
Steve Whillas: 0458 852 268

Murray Mallee and Upper North
Robyn Cain: 0411 633 085

Murray Mallee
John Chase: 0419 848 672

Murray Mallee and Pastoral
Brent Fletcher: 0439 409 430

Northern Agricultural Districts
Anthony North: 0409 398 435
Emma Scharkie: 0407 600 038

Pastoral
Anne Collins: 0427 486 115
Ross Sawers: 0417 119 547

Upper North and Pastoral
John White: 0447 787 436

Farm Business Management Program for drought-affected primary producers

Pinion Advisory (formerly Rural Directions) is facilitating the Farm Business Management Program for South Australian farm businesses experiencing the effects of drought. This 12 month program will support you to increase business acumen and skills, as well as build business resilience.

What the program involves

  • Reviewing your business – including identifying risks and opportunities.
  • Developing a tailored business plan for your farm business.
  • Regular contact through one-on-one coaching, group sessions and follow up sessions.
  • Access to resources and online tools.

How to sign up

For more information about the program, including eligibly visit the Pinion (Rural Directions) website.

This program has been subsidised under the South Australian Government Drought Support Program.

Page Last Reviewed: 26 Jun 2020
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