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27 Jul

Support for Drought-Affected Farmers and Rural Communities

Drought is crippling Queensland farmers’ livelihoods and devastating rural communities across the…

Drought is crippling Queensland farmers’ livelihoods and devastating rural communities across the country. Currently, 57% of the state is in drought, and has been for up to seven years. Farmers and country people are tough but this protracted drought is challenging for even the most resilient.

If you’re a farmer or live in a rural community and are affected by drought, help is available! Details about assistance and support services available are below.

If you would like to support Australia’s drought-affected farmers, details on how you can lend a hand are also below.

WHERE FARMERS CAN GO FOR HELP

Farm Household Allowance

Farm Household Allowance (FHA) provides eligible farmers and their partners experiencing financial hardship with assistance through planning and training for long-term financial improvements as well as income support for up to four years.

Applicants are encouraged to not self-assess your eligibility. You can seek advice on eligibility or how to apply for assistance, by contacting the Farmer Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16. Find out more about applying for Farm Household Allowance on the Department of Human Services website.

The Rural Financial Counselling Service

The RFCS provides free services to assist eligible clients with their farm finance strategies. There are two services which, between them provide coverage across Queensland. Head offices are based in Roma (07 4622 5500) and Longreach (07 4652 5666). Interested people may also approach their nearest counsellor directly – you can find their locations and details at: rfcsnq.com.au and rfcsqsw.org.au.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides drought affected farmers in remote locations with grocery vouches and cash grants and fund rural chaplains.

Farmers can reach out for support by visiting the website here: salvos.org.au.

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Active Disaster List

Disaster Location Disaster Type Date Declared
Bundaberg Regional Flood 24 October, 2017
North Burnett Regional Flood 24 October, 2017
Scenic Rim Regional Flood 5 April, 2017
Lockyer Valley Regional Flood 5 April, 2017
Logan City Flood 5 April, 2017
Gold Coast City Flood 5 April, 2017
Gladstone Regional Flood 5 April, 2017
Livingstone Shire Flood 5 April, 2017
Rockhampton Regional Flood 5 April, 2017
Isaac Regional Cyclone 5 April, 2017

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FAQ's

  • What does farmerdisastersupport.org.au do?

    farmerdisastersupport.org.au is a website aimed at directing farmers to the assistance available. Both financial and mental health stresses can affect people during or after events such as drought, floods and cyclones. This website details the organisations, government departments and industry bodies that can help during these times.

  • What if my region is not declared?

    If your region is not declared, sign up to our newsletter and we will keep you updated. If your region is not declared this does not rule you out of financial assistance– contact your industry body, QFF, QRIDA or DAF to discuss further options.

  • How do I search for assistance?

    Input your postcode and select your industry in the search section on the homepage for results specific to your area and industry.

  • When can I apply for assistance?

    If you are in a declared zone you can apply straight away. If your zone isn’t declared please contact your industry body, QFF, QRIDA or DAF to discuss further options.

  • Who is QFF?

    The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is the united voice of intensive agriculture in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of peak state and national agriculture industry organisation which in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 farmers across Queensland.

  • Who developed farmerdisastersupport.org.au

    QFF developed farmerdisastersupport.org.au with funding from the Queensland Government to assist farmers in navigating support networks available to them during times of disaster and drought. The aim of the website is to directly connect farmers with assistance available.

Your Safety is Our Priority

Public Events

Property Computer Mapping Workshop – Rockhampton

In Queensland natural disasters are unavoidable, however with this Property Computer Mapping workshop Agforce Queensland aims to help you ensure your business is ready and more resilient to what nature has to deliver.

Spend a day with Agforce mapping professionals and start to learn property computer mapping, one of the most effective property management tools available to producers.

What producers will receive:

  • Learn the advantages of using a property map as a management tool;
  • Set up your own map project;
  • Draw property infrastructure e.g. paddocks, fences & water points;
  • All day training with qualified mapping professionals;
  • Linking GPS device to property map and program;
  • Elevation Data and 3D mapping;
  • Property data analysis demonstration: buffering objects for planning and monitoring; and
  • Take home property data and the up-to-date government vegetation mapping layers and elevation
    data.

All workshops run from 8:30am – 4:00pm. Includes morning tea and lunch. Please RSVP by 16 August to allow sufficient time for processing and to avoid missing out.

To register complete the registration form or visit bit.ly/2toWIeA to register online.

For more information call (07) 3238 6048 or email admin@agforceprojects.org.au

Property Computer Mapping Workshop – Dingo

In Queensland natural disasters are unavoidable, however with this Property Computer Mapping workshop Agforce Queensland aims to help you ensure your business is ready and more resilient to what nature has to deliver.

Spend a day with Agforce mapping professionals and start to learn property computer mapping, one of the most effective property management tools available to producers.

What producers will receive:

  • Learn the advantages of using a property map as a management tool;
  • Set up your own map project;
  • Draw property infrastructure e.g. paddocks, fences & water points;
  • All day training with qualified mapping professionals;
  • Linking GPS device to property map and program;
  • Elevation Data and 3D mapping;
  • Property data analysis demonstration: buffering objects for planning and monitoring; and
  • Take home property data and the up-to-date government vegetation mapping layers and elevation
    data.

All workshops run from 8:30am – 4:00pm. Includes morning tea and lunch. Please RSVP by 16 August to allow sufficient time for processing and to avoid missing out.

To register complete the registration form or visit bit.ly/2toWIeA to register online.

For more information call (07) 3238 6048 or email admin@agforceprojects.org.au

Property Computer Mapping Workshop – Middlemount

In Queensland natural disasters are unavoidable, however with this Property Computer Mapping workshop Agforce Queensland aims to help you ensure your business is ready and more resilient to what nature has to deliver.

Spend a day with Agforce mapping professionals and start to learn property computer mapping, one of the most effective property management tools available to producers.

What producers will receive:

  • Learn the advantages of using a property map as a management tool;
  • Set up your own map project;
  • Draw property infrastructure e.g. paddocks, fences & water points;
  • All day training with qualified mapping professionals;
  • Linking GPS device to property map and program;
  • Elevation Data and 3D mapping;
  • Property data analysis demonstration: buffering objects for planning and monitoring; and
  • Take home property data and the up-to-date government vegetation mapping layers and elevation
    data.

All workshops run from 8:30am – 4:00pm. Includes morning tea and lunch. Please RSVP by 16 August to allow sufficient time for processing and to avoid missing out.

To register complete the registration form or visit bit.ly/2toWIeA to register online.

For more information call (07) 3238 6048 or email admin@agforceprojects.org.au