Resource directory

Technical information and decision-making support

Agriculture Victoria is working with Victorian farmers and industry to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters (including fires, floods and storms) through delivery of technical information and decision-making support services to help farm business recovery including:

  • grazing, cropping and pasture management
  • irrigation and horticulture system rehabilitation
  • soil erosion management
  • Land management
  • animal health and nutrition
  • farm mapping and planning
  • water quality
  • weed management

Farmers are encouraged to contact the Agriculture Recovery team on 0427 694 185 (Mon-Fri between 8.30 am and 5 pm) or email recovery@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Flood Recovery Hotline

Victorians affected by the floods and storms can call 1800 560 760 for help with navigating support and mental health and wellbeing. Press 9 for an interpreter.

The Flood Recovery Hotline is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday and closed on weekends and public holidays. Press 9 for an interpreter.

Financial assistance and support

For the latest information visit

Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)

The Rural Financial Counselling Service provides free and independent financial information, options, decision-making support and referral services to farmers and small related rural businesses who are in, or at risk of, experiencing financial hardship.

A Rural Financial Counsellor can help farmers prepare for discussions with their banks to make informed decisions for the future benefit of their business. They can also assist farmers to apply for financial assistance.

To connect with your local service call 1300 771 741 or visit the National Emergency Management Agency.

Personal and family support

ServiceDescription Contact details
National Centre for Farmer Health Support resources for emergencies, emotional and social wellbeing, farm business support services, information for rural and health professionals, rural support organisations, Victorian Emergency Water Supply Points Map. Call (03) 5551 8533 farmerhealth.org.au

Lifeline

24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Call 131 114 or visit lifeline.org.au

Beyondblue

24/7 telephone information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.

Call 1300 224 636 or visit beyondblue.org.au

MensLine Australia

24/7 service for men with relationship and family concerns.

Call 1300 78 99 78 or visit mensline.org.au

Family Relationship Service

Providing families with access to information about family relationship issues.

Call 1800 050 321 or visit familyrelationships.gov.au

Mental Health Care Plan

A mental health care plan provides Medicare rebates for up to 10 individual or 10 group appointments per year with a psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker.

Contact your local GP for a referral

Health care plan website:
healthdirect.gov.au/mental-health-care-plan

Kids Helpline

Confidential telephone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.

Phone: 1800 551 800

Website: kidshelpline.com.au

Parentline

Counselling and information for families with children up to 18 years. Open 8am to midnight, seven days.

Phone: 132 289

Website: parentline.com.au

GPs and Community Health Care providers

If you or a loved one need support during difficult times, visit your local Doctor (GP).

Community health services also provide a range of primary health care services that could include: acute hospital care, medical centre, home and community care, district nursing, women’s health, allied health services (podiatry, occupational therapy etc.), counselling, pharmacy, referrals.

Contact your local GP

Contact your local Community Health service to confirm their services.

NURSE-ON-CALL

Expert health information and advice (14 hours, 7 days)

Phone: 1300 60 60 24

Australian Red Cross

For people affected by Victorian Severe Weather and Flood.

Phone: 1800 733 276

Website: redcross.org.au

Rural Aid

Rural Aid offers free, confidential counselling to Rural Aid registered farmers and their family.

Phone: 1300 327 624

Email: contact@ruralaid.org.au

Website: ruralaid.org.au

Catchment Management Authorities

Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) are responsible for the integrated planning and coordination of land, water and biodiversity management in each catchment and land protection regions.

To see a list of all Victorian Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) visit Our CMA regions on the Vic Catchment website

CMA nameContact details

Corangamite CMA

Phone: 1800 002 262

Email: info@ccma.vic.gov.au

East Gippsland CMA

Phone: (03) 5152 0600

reception@egcma.com.au

Glenelg Hopkins

Phone: (03) 5571 2526

Email: ghcma@ghcma.vic.gov.au

Goulburn Broken CMA

Phone: (03) 5822 7700

Mallee CMA

Phone: (03) 5001 8600

Email: reception@malleecma.com.au

North Central CMA

Phone: (03) 5448 7124

Email: info@nccma.vic.gov.au

North East CMA

Phone: 1300 216 513

Email: necma@necma.vic.gov.au

Emergency contacts and Information

Emergency contactContact details and information

Life threatening emergencies

Phone: 000

Always call triple zero if there is a threat to life

Vic State Emergency Service (VICSES)

For VICSES flood emergency assistance and to locate your local unit call 132 500

For flood advice

Local guides: Your local flood information

Information Hotline: 1800 226 226

Social Media

Facebook: facebook.com/vicses

Twitter: twitter.com/vicsesnews

VicEmergency

Monitor the VicEmergency app, website and hotline for flood warnings and emergency information in Victoria.

Website: emergency.vic.gov.au

Emergency Broadcasters

Emergency AM and FM radio broadcasters

Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) Hotline

If you suspect a pest or disease outbreak or have seen something unusual contact the EAD hotline 1800 675 888

Business support

Support providerDescriptionContact details

Agriculture Victoria Farm Business Management and Planning Support

Agriculture Victoria delivers technical and decision-making support services to assist farm businesses recovering from events such as flood. Working with our industry partners, the department provides services across industries including beef, sheep, dairy, grains, horticulture and irrigation.

Visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/floods or call 1800 226 226

Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)

The RFCS provides free financial counselling to farmers and small businesses who are in, or at risk of, financial hardship.

National Information Line 1300 771 741

Find a Rural Financial Counselling Service at Rural Financial Counselling Service locations

Farmer Assistance Hotline
(Australian Government)

Information on the Australian Government's support services available to farmers and rural communities.

Call 132 316

Flood warnings and rainfall information

Information typeResource

VicRoads – road closures

For latest road closures and traffic hazards visit VicRoads – VicTraffic.

Flood Warnings

For information about flood warnings see the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and the VicEmergency App

Victorian weather and warnings

You can view weather forecasts and rainfall information on the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) website

River Height Levels

View river height levels for all Victorian regions at Victoria Rainfall and River Conditions on the BoM website.

Local government contact information

Visit Local Government Victoria to locate contact details for your local council.

Agriculture Victoria recovery support services

Technical support and advice is available in the following areas:

Cropping, grazing and pasture recovery

  • species options for resowing
  • soil requirements for sowing new pastures
  • assessing soil characteristics
  • interpreting soil test results
  • predicting pasture recovery over the next year

Water quality

  • assess on-farm storage capacity in dams and tanks, look for holes and leaks
  • contaminates may have entered water sources
  • if in doubt, consider alternative water source for stock
  • develop strategies to protect water supplies from contamination
  • identify stock water requirements

Soil erosion management

Loss of ground cover can lead to significant soil erosion. Technical advice is available for the following:

  • mitigating soil erosion
  • gully, tunnel and sheet erosion
  • impacts on water quality following a flood

Animal health and nutrition

  • move stock to high ground for feeding
  • feed budgeting, including understanding feed quality and livestock requirements
  • long-term farm decisions and managing through varying climatic conditions
  • costs, cashflow to aid short and long-term decisions
  • stock condition scores and targets
  • containment areas and restocking
  • using own land for agistment
  • using land for hay and silage production or cropping
  • design and management of shade and shelter for livestock
  • advice on animal health

Farm mapping and planning

Farm mapping and planning can help improve farm productivity and sustainability through the following:

  • matching land use and capability
  • understand of soils and their management
  • assessing water needs
  • management of land degradation
  • pastures and grazing management
  • native vegetation in a farming system
  • risk management
  • farm design (paddock size, laneways etc).
Page last updated: 02 Nov 2023