The Victorian Government is providing $42 million of additional support for Victorian farmers. This includes $12.6 million of targeted support announced on 22 February 2019 with a focus on providing financial relief to farmers impacted by drought and dry conditions.
This funding acknowledges the economic and well-being impacts of ongoing drought and dry conditions to Victorian farmers.
The announcement includes $5.6 million for targeted Farm Business Assistance. This includes one-off payments to farmers in East and Central Gippsland and eligible dairy farmers in Northern and North West Victoria.
It also provides $1 million for the establishment of the Farm Support Fund, and a further $5 million for continuation of the successful On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants program.
Guidelines are being developed for the Farm Business Assistance and the Farm Support Fund. If you would like to register your interest contact Agriculture Victoria’s Customer Service Centre on 136 186, visit Agriculture Victoria’s website, or email email@example.com.
The On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants provides funding of up to $5,000 to eligible farm businesses in Central and East Gippsland and Northern and North West Victoria. Eligible farm businesses are required to provide at least dollar for dollar matching funding co-contribution.
The grants will assist farm businesses implement on-farm infrastructure that improves drought management and preparedness.
Call Rural Finance on 1800 260 425 or visit ruralfinance.com.au.
Agriculture Victoria is also providing information and advice available about stock containment areas, pasture management, animal health and welfare and more. Click here for upcoming workshops, as well as here for links to technical and decision-making support information.
East Gippsland livestock producers can also engage in one-on-one consultation sessions to assist them to manage current seasonal conditions and access support services. For more information contact Caroline Love, Agriculture Victoria, Bairnsdale, 0427 515 668 or Keren Walker, Agriculture Victoria, Swifts Creek, (03) 5159 5134.
Agriculture Victoria is providing a one-to-one service in collaboration with Dairy Australia to provide Victorian dairy farmers with support and a broad suite of information tailored to their individual needs, including but not limited to: feed budgeting, feed rations, partial budgets, hay and crop decision making, water use and resource management. For more information contact Maria Rose, Agriculture Victoria, Maffra, (03) 5147 0843 or David Shambrook, Leongatha, 0427 350 928.
To seek more general information about events and to discuss if it is possible to hold a session in your area, please either call your local office or departmental contact, or phone 136 186.
Business Management Support
The Rural Financial Counselling Service provides free financial counselling to farmers and small related businesses who are experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship. Counsellors can assist clients to apply for assistance including Farm Household Allowance and grants programs. Call 1800 686 175 (toll free) or click here to find your local Rural Financial Counselling Service.