2021 to 2024 Rural Financial Counselling Service program—successful applicants

Our Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) program provides important services to Australian farmers, fishers, foresters and small related enterprises experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship.

The Australian Government provides grant funding to regional organisations to deliver rural financial counselling services.

Selection process

On 28 April 2021, the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management announced successful applicants to deliver services across 12 predefined service regions, from July 2021 to June 2024.

This grant process was merit-based, open and competitive. We received proposals from a competitive field of applicants. This allowed the government to select proposals that will strengthen this trusted service and drive better outcomes for clients.

All successful applicants will deliver their services in line with the new RFCS program logic.

Existing clients

This brand new funding round has a clear focus on delivering more for clients—targeted services, a more holistic service offering and new options for meaningful client-counsellor engagement.

If you are an existing client, you will not experience any disruption to the level of support you are currently receiving from the RFCS when the new program commences.

If you are concerned about potential changes in your region, please contact your local service provider for further information.

Funding

The Australian Government is investing over $61 million (GST exclusive) in the RFCS program over the next 3 years. This includes:

  • $3.75 million (GST exclusive) in 2021–22 for bushfire recovery financial counselling, as part of the National Bushfire Recovery Fund
  • an additional $5 million (GST exclusive) announced as part of the 2021–22 Budget to help RFCS providers manage higher fluctuating demand over the grant period.  

The RFCS is jointly funded by the Australian, state and territory governments.

View the 2021 to 2024 RFCS Program Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Successful applicant Service region Core funding granted (GST excl)
Richmond Valley Business and Rural Financial Counselling Services Incorporated NSW Northern $6,528,429
Rural Financial Counselling Service, NSW - Southern Region Incorporated NSW Central $5,495,211
NSW Southern $4,509,829
Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board Qld Northern $1,925,250
Rural Solutions Queensland Inc Qld Southern $7,559,631
Rural Business Support Service Incorporated SA and NT $5,112,513
Rural Business Tasmania Inc Tas $1,175,057
Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria-Gippsland Inc Vic Eastern $3,480,937
AgBiz Assist Limited Vic North-East $2,454,452
Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria - Wimmera South West Inc Vic North-West $2,379,905
Vic Western $4,603,819
Primary Production Services Inc WA $4,735,465
  TOTAL $49,960,498*

*Core funding only—total program funding is over $61 million (GST exclusive). Approximately 95% of total funding is provided to grantees as core funding, while approximately 5% is retained as contingency for unforeseen events resulting in increased demand. Allocation of the $3.75 million (GST exclusive) bushfire funding and the additional $5 million (GST exclusive) service boost, is still subject to approval by the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management.

Last reviewed: 11 May 2021
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