Drought in NSW
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]
- NSW Drought Strategy
- Seasonal Conditions
- Combined Drought Indicator
Commonwealth and State Government Finance Support Measures
New NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package
DroughtHub provides all the information on services and support in the Package. You may also like to view the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) Loans at a Glance here
or call on 1800 678 593.
NSW Drought Transport Subsidies
NSW Government will offer a transport subsidy of up to $20,000 per eligible farm business for costs incurred from 1 July 2018.
Farmers may also apply for up to $10,000 for freight expenses incurred between 1 January 2018 and 1 July 2018.
The subsidy can be applied to the transport cost of fodder; water to a property for stock; stock to and from agistment; and for stock to sale or slaughter.
Find the guidelines here
and the Transport Subsidy FAQs here. You can apply online via the NSW RAA
NSW Drought Assistance Fund
As part of the NSW Budget an additional Drought Assistance Loan is now available, which replaces the NSW Drought Transport Fund. This initiative makes available interest free loans of up to $50,000 for eligible primary producers to assist in implementing systems and management practices that enhance the sustainability of their enterprise by funding. The loans can be used for:
Transport of livestock, transport of fodder and/or water
On-farm water and fodder infrastructure, and
Banking of genetic material of livestock.
Further information and application forms are available here
Changes to Licences to Reduce Kangaroo Numbers
Changes to licences to reduce kangaroo numbers due to the drought came into effect on Wednesday 8th August.
Visit the Office of Environment and Heritage
website to find out information on:
The changes to licences to reduce kangaroos
How to apply for a licence for existing and new licence holders
Waivers on NSW Government Fees and Charges
Automatic waiver of Local Land Services rates for all landholders in 2019.
- To apply call Service NSW on 13 77 88
Class 1 agricultural vehicles will be exempt from the next annual registration charge.
- To apply call Service NSW on 13 77 88
The fixed charge component of water licences issued by Water NSW will be automatically waived for licence holders in rural and regional NSW.
- Contact Water NSW on 1300 662 077
Additionally all Farm Innovation Fund customers will have interest charges refunded for the 2017/18 financial year and 2018/19 financial year.
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
Farm Household Allowance (FHA) Program
FHA has been extended from three cumulative years to four years.
The asset cap has increased from $2.6 million to $5 million. Additional payments of $12,000 for farming couples and $7,200 for individual farmers are now included.
Farmers currently receiving FHA will automatically receive an additional year of entitlements should they need to stay on FHA.
Visit the Department of Agriculture - Farm Household Allowance
or contact the Farmer Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16.
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]