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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