Services for farmers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Agriculture Victoria remains available to assist Victorian farmers. We want to reassure farmers, particularly those impacted by bushfires and drought, that we will continue to provide support services to you and your farming business. However, the way we are doing this during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed.
What are we doing differently?
We are moving from our usual face-to-face client contact to other alternatives. This means we might call you on the phone, send you information via post or email, invite you to a video or teleconference, or even a webinar.
Our technical support remains available to help landholders affected by fires and drought in East and Central Gippsland, North East, Millewa and the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.
Farmers can call us to access information tailored specifically to their needs on a range of topics including:
- feed planning and pasture recovery
- supplying feed and water to livestock
- land and farm water management
- general technical information
- other assistance available and grants programs.
Farmers affected by drought and bushfire
For support in bushfire affected areas contact our Agriculture Recovery Managers:
- Gippsland – Keren Walker on (03) 5159 5118
- North East – Kylie Macreadie on 0428 975 728.
For support in drought affected areas contact our Dry Seasonal Conditions Coordinators:
- Millewa – Sue McConnell on 0418 572 087
- Northern – Mick Bretherton on 0428 346 209
- East and Central Gippsland – Nick Dudley on 0428 562 139.
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers can also continue to call our Customer Service Centre on 136 186 and access the website anytime at agriculture.vic.gov.au.
There are many other agencies providing assistance too – this includes the Rural Financial Counselling Service:
- In Gippsland call 1300 834 775
- In the North East call 1300 834 775.
Rural Finance is administering many grants programs for drought and bushfire impacted farmers. Give them a call on 1800 260 425 or access online anytime at ruralfinance.com.au.
The Dedicated Dairy Support Program is available to dairy farmers in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District who are considering structural or significant changes to their business. Decisions could include leaving the industry, scaling back (or up), family succession or transitions to other enterprises.
For more information go to agbizassist.org.au, call 1300 834 775 or email@example.com. Bushfire Recovery Victoria is also a great service to connect you with recovery services and information from the whole of the Victorian Government. Call them on 1800 560 760 or visit at vic.gov.au/bushfire-recovery-victoria.