Regional support services

There is a range of regional support services and programs available for farmers and farm workers experiencing dry seasonal conditions in Victoria.

Catchment Management Authorities Drought Employment Program

The Drought Employment Program provides off-farm employment and training for farmers, farm workers and individuals affected by drought and dry seasonal conditions to expand or gain transferable employment skills.

The program will be open to eligible farmers, farm workers and individuals in:

  • East Wellington and East Gippsland shires
  • the Millewa region
  • the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District region.

Central and East Gippsland

Millewa region

Goulburn Murray Irrigation District

Farm Employment Exchange

The Farm Employment Exchange is a program delivered by the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) to provide employment opportunities for farmers and farm workers seeking alternative farm work because of drought.

The program is open to farmers and farm workers in:

  • Wellington and East Gippsland shires
  • the Millewa region
  • the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District region.

Call the VFF on 1300 882 833.

Improved access to Emergency Water Supply Points

Funding to improve access to emergency water supply points (EWSPs) across areas where there is a high incidence of water carting.

This will include new EWSPs, new tanks connected to EWSPs, upgrades to existing facilities such as meters and improving road access to EWSPs so water cartage trucks can gain access.

The program will be delivered by rural water corporations in partnership with local councils where need has been identified.

For information on Victoria’s network of EWSPs, see Emergency water supply points or call the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186.

Managing wildlife

This initiative will support the control of wildlife through increased statewide processing resources and a streamlined application process for drought affected areas under the Authority To Control Wildlife (ATCW) permit system.

Call the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186.

Regional Drought Coordinators

Targeting Central and East Gippsland, Northern and North West Victoria, three new coordinators will act as a key point of coordination at the local level, providing information on drought services, support options, emerging risks and pressures in their region.

Call our Customer Service Centre on 136 186 for more information or email drought.support@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 04 Sep 2020