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Assistance measures

​​​​​​Increased support

The Australian Government has recently announced significant changes to boost financial and social support for farming communities across the count​ry, particularly those experiencing drought.

The assistance measures below will help farm families, farm businesses and rural communities prepare for, manage through and recover fro​m drought.  

Farm Household Allowance


For farm households experiencing hardship. New assets threshold and lump sum payments up to $12,000.

Rural Financial Counselling Service


Helping you find and apply for funds. With an extra $5 million to support increased demand for our free services.

Drought Communities Program


Support for local infrastructure projects, to create new opportunities in drought-affected communities.

We also provide enhanced social and community support including mental health support and counselling, for drought-affected farming families and communities

Ongoing measures

We continue to offer these ongoing support measures for farmers and rural communities:

A summary of these assistance measures is available in the Supporting farmers and rural communities factsheet.

The delivery of the drought and rural assistance programs including those announced through the White Paper, is being led by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, in partnership with a number of other Australian Government agencies and the state and territory governments.

State and territory assistance

State or territory governments also have additional programs to assist farmers in hardship, including those affected by drought.

More information and contact details are available at the Drought assistance contacts page.