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 Riverland
Brent Fletcher: 0439 409 430
John Chase: 0419 848 672
Robyn Cain: 0411 633 085

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

Supporting children through drought – podcast series by Emerging Minds

Children can be impacted by the stresses and long-term effects that drought can bring to families.

Emerging Minds and Country SA PHN have produced a series of eight podcasts for the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health. In the podcasts you will hear from parents, practitioners and community members about practical ways that they have supported children’s mental health during drought.

The podcasts are 10-20 minutes long. With a unique lens on children aged 0-12 years, the podcasts focus on supporting their social and emotional wellbeing during times of drought.

Tune in today

Page Last Reviewed: 26 Jun 2020
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