Current dry seasons support programs
Support is available through the following programs:
- The Drought Employment Program provides temporary employment for individuals in East Gippsland and Wellington Shires who have been impacted by drought and/or bushfires. Participants do not require any prior skills, and will be provided training to deliver land management projects in their local region including bushfire recovery works, revegetation, weed management and maintenance of public reserves
- The Working for Victoria program provides opportunities for off-farm employment across other parts of Victoria.
- The mental health program delivers local community mental health services, first aid training and rural outreach as well as the National Centre for Farmer Health program.
The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments also provide a range of support to farm businesses on an ongoing basis so that farmers can prepare for and manage their business during drought and dry season conditions:
- Technical assistance delivered by Agriculture Victoria, which provides workshops and one-on-one consultations to assist farm businesses to manage dry seasonal conditions
- Rural Financial Counselling Service which provides free financial counselling to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses who are experiencing financial hardship
- Farm Household Allowance (Commonwealth Government), which provides income support for eligible farm businesses, experiencing financial hardship
- Commonwealth Government concessional loans for drought and farm investments, which are delivered by the Regional Investment Corporation
Farm management information and decision-making support is currently being delivered online. Visit the Agriculture Victoria events page for details.
If you have specific questions for Agriculture Victoria staff or wish to provide feedback directly to us: