Drought and Rural Assistance
- The Farm Household Allowance (FHA) is available to farm families in need. The allowance was launched on 1 July 2014 and provides fortnightly income support to eligible farmers and their partners without the need for a drought declaration.
- Enhancements to the Farm Management Deposits Scheme take effect on 1 July 2014. The changes make FMDs more accessible and easier to manage.
- The Intergovernmental Agreement on National Drought Program Reform started on 1 July 2014.
Drought and rural assistance for farmers
The Australian Government provides programs to support farm families and farm businesses in hardship. Information on assistance provided by the Australian Government, including assistance for drought affected farmers, is available on our assistance page, or by telephoning the Farmer Assistance line on 13 23 16 from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.
National Drought Program Reform
Since 1 July 2014 a new national approach to drought programs has been be in place. The new approach replaces the Exceptional Circumstances arrangements and focuses on encouraging farmers to prepare for and manage the effects of drought and other challenges. The new Farm Household Allowance is the Australian Government’s main contribution to reform. See the Drought assistance contacts page for links to state and territory initiatives.
22 Aug 2014