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.
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:
- 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
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:
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: