Rural Financial Counselling Service

Rural Financial Counselling Service Program

The RFCS Program provides grants to state and regional organisations to provide free rural financial counselling to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses who are suffering financial hardship and who have no alternative sources of impartial support.

‘Small rural business’ for the purposes of the Program is defined as a rural business that employs no more than ten full–time–equivalent (38 hours per week) employees, provides the majority of its services to primary producers and is directly involved in primary production (e.g. fencing, harvesting, spraying or stock management).

Information on the objectives and outcomes of the RFCS Program is available in the RFCS Charter.

There are currently 14 service providers employing more than 110 rural financial counsellors across the country.

The RFCS Program is funded by the Australian, state and Northern Territory governments.

Grants applications and funding

There are currently no funding grant rounds open.

Applications for grant funding for the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2011 closed on 26 October 2007, and the successful 14 applicants were announced on 3 June 2008. With the extension of the RFCS Program until 30 June 2015, the Australian Government has extended the deeds of grant with the current RFCS service providers to cover this period.

RFCS Administration

Information for RFCS service providers and staff is provided under RFCS Administration Resources. This will direct you to a password protected page.

Contact Details

Email RFCS

Rural Financial Counselling
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 1800 686 175
Fax: (02) 6272 4414