Assistance measures

​​​​​​Increased support

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

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 Programme


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. The Drought Communities Programme is being implemented by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development.

Ongoing measures

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

Check FarmHub. This new service helps connect Australian farmers with support during tough times, such as drought.

The delivery of the drought and rural assistance programs including those announced through the White Paper, is being led by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, 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.

Last reviewed: 4 February 2020
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