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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Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
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.
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.
Input your postcode and select your industry in the search section on the homepage for results specific to your area and industry.
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.
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.
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.
Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries