Farmers and agribusinesses across the country are being directly impacted by one of the toughest droughts we’ve ever seen. If you’re a farmer or an agribusiness in a drought declared area, some of these services may provide some help and support.
- Financial Difficulty: If the unexpected happens, and you’re behind in payments, we have guidance and support in place to help. Visit our Financial Difficulty page, or if you’re a business customer with a Relationship Manager you can contact them directly. Find out more.
- Drought Assistance Package: Our Drought Assistance Package is available for regional customers who are affected by drought, and includes other measures such as access to short term, confidential telephone counselling service. Find out more.
Government Drought Community Support Initiative – Round 2
The Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) provides financial help for the farming community facing hardship due to drought. To check your eligibility and to apply for immediate financial support of up to $3000, go to The Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul Society. Only one DCSI (round 2) payment is allowed per household from one of the delivery organisations.
Other support services
- When you are in need of some extra support, there are various government and community services that might be able to help you depending on your needs. See available services.
- Rural Financial Counselling Service: A nationwide government initiative that is available to assist farmers and small businesses in regional communities experiencing financial hardship. Visit Rural Financial Counselling Service.
- FarmHub: FarmHub connects Australian farmers with services and support during tough times, such as drought. It is a national database which contains a consolidation of resources helpful to those impacted by drought and natural disasters. Visit FarmHub for a full list of drought assistance programs available in your state. Visit FarmHub.