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 $40,000 per financial year per eligible farm business for journeys completed between 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019 and 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.
• For applications received from 1 July 2019 the subsidy also includes transporting of farm chemicals, fertiliser and seed to farms.
• The subsidy covers up to 50% of the full cost of freight
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
. You can view Transport Subsidy FAQs and 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 8 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 and 2020.
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
. A full list of Commonwealth Support Measures is available here
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 Animal Welfare Transport Subsidy
The NSW Government is subsidising 50% of eligible costs for the permanent transport of stock off a farm which is facing financial hardship and where livestock are at fat score 2 or below (dairy cattle 3 or below), to a maximum of $20, 000 per financial year. Visit the RAA
site to check eligibility or apply, or call 1800 678 593.
NSW Donated Fodder Transport
The NSW Government is covering 100% of the cost of transporting donated fodder when transport providers are acting in conjunction with community groups and taking fodder from within NSW to drought-affected properties (to a maximum of $5 per km and up to 1500 km). Further information is available here
or call 1800 678 593.
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. Call 1800 686 175 to find your nearest office. [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]