The Australian Government commenced a review of the FHA program settings in October 2018. The review looked to determine:
- whether the program was reaching farmers in need
- if the original program objectives were being met
- if the program remained fit-for-purpose
- if the program contributed to an enduring approach to income support for farmers in hardship, including drought.
The FHA review final report Rebuilding the FHA: a better way forward for supporting farmers in financial hardship and the Australian Government’s response to the report’s recommendations are now available.
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The review was conducted by an expert panel in consultation with stakeholders. Panel members included:
- Mrs Michele Lawrence (Chair), member of the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council and dairy farmer, Tasmania
- Ms Georgie Somerset, Deputy Chair of Agforce and cattle farmer, Queensland
- Professor Robert Slonim, Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney and former director of the Australian Government’s Behavioural Economics Team, New South Wales.
The panel conducted a
public submission process to ensure all interested stakeholders were given the opportunity to participate.
FHA provides help for farmers facing hardship, particularly during drought. The allowance commenced on 1 July 2014 and formed part of the Commonwealth’s contribution to the 2013 Intergovernmental Agreement on National Drought Program Reform.