Review of the Farm Household Allowance (FHA)

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.

Background

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.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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