Current dry seasons support programs

On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

Co-funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme (the Scheme) provides a one-off 25 per cent rebate for the cost of purchase, delivery and/or professional installation of on-farm water infrastructure that improves resilience to drought.

The Scheme is available to grazing livestock producers and permanent horticulture growers in the East Gippsland and Wellington Local Government Areas. Eligible expenses include the installation of new bores, water storage devices, water pumps and distribution systems.

The maximum rebate that can be claimed is $25,000 (GST exclusive) per farm business.

Applicants that received a rebate under Round 1 of this Scheme in 2019–20 are not eligible for Round 2 of the Scheme.

There are limited funds available, and the program will close when all funding is allocated during 2021–22.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply visit the Rural Finance website or contact Rural Finance on 1800 260 425 or admin@ruralfinance.com.au.

Preparing for dry seasonal conditions

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments provide a range of support to farm businesses on an ongoing basis so that farmers can prepare for and manage their business during and after drought and dry seasonal conditions:

Support is also available through:

  • The Working for Victoria program provides opportunities for off-farm employment across other parts of Victoria.
  • Mental and physical health health support is provided through local community mental health services and private providers 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:

Farmer workshops

Farm management information and decision-making support is currently being delivered online. Visit the Agriculture Victoria events page for details.

Contact us

If you have specific questions for Agriculture Victoria staff or wish to provide feedback directly to us:

Page last updated: 10 Sep 2021