Dry seasons support
Household financial relief is now available
The CWA of Victoria’s Drought Relief program has been provided a funding boost by the Victorian Government for the provision of household financial relief.
A grant payment of up to $3,000 per individual applicant and/or household is available for farming families, farm workers and contractors that are drought-affected and reliant on farming as their primary source of income.
This program is being funded through the Victorian Government’s Farmers’ Drought Fund - Household Financial Relief program announced on 2 October 2019.
To access an application form or to find out more, visit the CWA of Victoria’s website.
More support for drought affected farmers
On 2 October 2019, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes visited Bairnsdale in East Gippsland and the Millewa in North West Victoria to announce a further $31.6 million in assistance for drought affected farmers.
The Victorian Government has been working closely with local communities and the funding boost will assist farmers and communities impacted by drought and dry conditions in Wellington and East Gippsland, the Millewa and surrounds and the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID).
The package includes:
- $15 million for a Farmers’ Drought Fund
- $5.2 million for a Local Government Services Support Payment
- $4.6 million for the Catchment Management Authority Drought Employment Program
- $2.3 million for Farm Business Management and Planning Support services
- $2 million for mental health support.
This website and supporting information will be updated over the coming days as new information becomes available.
For more information please call 136 186 or to register your interest for any of the new programs please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant Program now open!
The Victorian Government is continuing to provide support for farmers facing drought and dry conditions across Victoria.
The On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant Program is now available to assist eligible farm businesses to invest in on-farm drought preparedness and to seek business advice.
For more information and to access the On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant program, call Rural Finance on 1800 260 425 or visit ruralfinance.com.au.
Twenty-five per cent water rebate now available for permanent horticultural plantings
The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme provides a one-off 25 per cent rebate up to $25,000 (GST exclusive) to eligible primary producers for the costs associated with the purchase and installation of on-farm water infrastructure that improves resilience to drought.
The scheme is now available for the purchase and installation of emergency water infrastructure for permanent horticultural plantings which may include the costs associated with drilling new horticulture groundwater bores and desilting dams.
For more information please visit Rural Finance or call 1800 260 425.