Drought Network

NSW Farmers’ Drought Network has launched a page to provide service information, links to assistance and services to individuals and families conducting, directly or indirectly, primary production businesses, who are being impacted by drought conditions in NSW.

Services and Information

NSW Department of Primary Industries DroughtHub
DroughtHub provides a one-stop online destination for information on a broad range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought conditions. [Visit]

Drought in NSW 
- NSW Drought Strategy
- Seasonal Conditions
- Combined Drought Indicator 

Commonwealth and State Government Finance Support Measures

NSW Drought Transport Fund
In April, the DPI announced a new Drought Transport Fund. This will involve a low-interest loan of up to $20,000 to cover 100% of costs (GST exclusive) to transport stock, fodder, or water to/from drought affected properties. The first two years of a 7 year loan are interest and repayment free. [Visit]

Commonwealth Support Measures
The Australian Government provides a number of assistance measures to support farmers and farm businesses in rural Australia build a strong and resilient agriculture sector. These measures include a Drought Concessional Loans and Farm Management Deposits[Visit]

NSW Transport for Animal Welfare
As part of the NSW Government's drought package funding is available over five years to provide transport assistance for animal welfare and donated fodder within NSW. [Visit]

Rural Financial Counselling Service 
A free and confidential service which provides information and assistance on financial position, budgets and submitting applications, available to farmers, fishing enterprise operators and small agriculture dependent rural businesses. [Visit]

NSW Farm Debt Mediation
The NSW Rural Assistance Authority assists farmers and their creditors reach agreement on their present and future financial arrangements with an independent, accredited mediator. [Visit]

Preparing Crops, Livestock and Pastures for Drought

Wellbeing Services

Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family 
A Resource Book for Good Mental Health. Supported by beyondblue: the national depression initiative. 

DPI Rural Support Workers
The DPI Rural Resilience team works across rural NSW contracted to meet specific farming community needs related to drought and other adverse events. The contact details of the support workers located across regional and rural NSW can be found in the hyperlink at the bottom of the page. [View]

Rural Adversity Mental Health Coordinator 
Website: www.ramhp.com.au/ 
As RAMHP coordinators are embedded in their communities, they are uniquely placed to work in partnership with a range of local agencies to facilitate better mental health outcomes. Visit the RAMHP website to find your nearest RAMHP coordinator.

Telephone support services

BeyondBlue Support Service 
Phone: 1300 224 636
The Beyondblue Support Service offers 24/7 confidential telephone support, counselling and referrals from trained mental health professionals. All calls and chats are one-on-one and are completely confidential.

NSW Mental Health Line
Phone: 1800 011 511
The Health Line is a 24/7 telephone triage assessment and referral service, staffed by mental health clinicians. This service can provide advice about clinical symptoms, the urgency of the need for care and information about local service providers.

Phone: 13 11 14
Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can contact Lifeline's confidential crisis support service. Trained volunteers are available 24/7 to listen and provide support and referrals.

Phone: 1300 789 978
Mensline Australia is a 24/7 telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service is staffed by professional counsellors, experienced in men's issues.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Information Service (ADIS) 
Phone: 1800 422 599
The ADIS is a confidential and anonymous information, counselling, advice and referral service. Available 24/7, the service provides information such as safer injecting advice, parent advice and information on detoxification.

WayAhead Mental Health Information Service
Phone: 1300 794 991 
WayAhead provides a comprehensive online database used to find local services, to make referrals and access mental health information and community services primarily in New South Wales. Available Monday- Friday; 9am - 5pm.

Online support services

Black Dog Institute 
Website: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au 
The Black Dog Institute website aims to lead you through the logical steps in seeking help for mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, and to provide you with information and explanations of different steps along the way.

Counselling Online
Website: www.counsellingonline.org.au 
Counselling Online is a service where you can communicate with a professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern, using text-interaction. The 24/7 service is free for anyone seeking help with their own alcohol and drug use, or if you are concerned about a family member, relative or friend. 

The Salvation Army
Website: www.salvos.org.au 
The Salvation Army offers a wide range of humanitarian programs and services without discrimination. The website lists contact details for every Salvation Army social service and program in NSW, QLD and the ACT.

Website: www.mindhealthconnect.org.au 
The mindhealthconnect website aims to provide unbiased, trusted and up to date information, online programs and resources, to empower and enable people to make informed choices regarding their mental health concerns.

Australian Red Cross 

Website: www.redcross.org.au
65% of people in Australia will face an emergency or the threat of one in their lifetime. Red Cross has released the Get Prepared app, for families to prepare for unexpected events, both natural and man-made.  The app can be downloaded for iOS here for Android here  as well as on the website. Please find the closest NSW regional Red Cross office here

Making a Donation to support farmers

If you are considering support for farmers facing drought conditions there are a number of registered charities that can be contacted. There are specific charities for farmers, and other community focussed charities that support rural communities more broadly. 

NSW Farmers’ does not specifically endorse any single charity, however the links below to registered charities may be worth investing. Terms and Conditions of use of this page are here.

Rural Aid - Buy a Bale program - Established under the charity Rural Aid, formed by Charles and Tracy Charles Alder to expand services and support to rural communities. www.ruralaid.org.au/buy-a-bale

Aussie Helpers - Co-founded by Brian and Nerida Egan Aussie Helpers aim is to stay in touch with 100’s of farming families to ensure their well-being and survival through good and bad times. aussiehelpers.org.au/

Aussie Farmers Foundation - invests in vital grassroots projects in rural and regional Australia with a focus on five key areas affecting country Australians www.aussiefarmersfoundation.org.au/

Thirsty Cow Ltd - a Not-For Profits Organisation endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a deductible gift recipient. www.thirstycow.org.au/

Additionally other community and faith-based organisations work locally to support  farmers, these include but are not limited to:

Salvation Army - salvos.org.au/

Mission Australia
 - www.missionaustralia.com.au/

Anglicare Australia
 - www.anglicare.asn.au/

On a local scale Service organisations such as Lions and Rotary Clubs are often involved in local charity drives and may be contacted directly.