Drought Support for Communities

  •  Family and Business (FaB) Support Program

Experienced mentors and business counsellors will be based in or near the most affected regions – the team of FaB Support Mentors are available to meet, listen to and connect people to appropriate services.

FaB Mentor John White on 0447 787 436 or johnwhite@ruralgen.com.au or PIRSA on 1800 255 556 or

PIRSA.Recovery@sa.gov.au for more information.

  •  Drought Community Support Initiative

Funding is now available for farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought. It can be used to spend in local communities or to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities. The $3,000 per household can consist of up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers. The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service have been engaged to deliver the assistance.

-The Salvation Army-24 hour hotline: 1300 551030, Website:salvos.org.au/drought

-St Vincent de Paul Hotline: 13 18 12, Website: vinnies.org.au

-Rotary Website: rawcs.org.au

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  •  Rural Business Support

Any primary producers and small rural business owners who are experiencing financial difficulties or who have concerns about the financial impacts of the continuing dry season can contact the Rural Financial Counselling Service, which provides free, confidential and impartial business support and information

Contact 1800 836 211 (Freecall) or visit www.ruralbusinesssupport.org.au/rfcs/

  •  Animal Welfare

PIRSA Animal and Agricultural Services can provide advice and assistance with livestock and other animals affected by the current dry conditions. Contact Agriculture, Animal Health and Welfare Hotline 1800 255 556.

  • Livestock Fodder Register

Livestock SA is maintaining a fodder register to help connect farmers to fodder donations. Further information about the register is available by calling John Sharp on 8297 2299 or email ruralc@internode.on.net.

  •  Farm Household Allowance (FHA)

The Farm Household Allowance (FHA) provides eligible farmers and their partners who are experiencing financial hardship with assistance and support to improve their longterm financial situation. For more information call 132 316 or visit agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/assistance/

  •  Rural Business Support

Rural Business Support can help eligible families access their FHA entitlements or provide more information. You can call them on 1800 836 211.

 

Further resources are available for those facing drought related hardship such as:

Australian Taxation Office financial hardship advice

Farm Debt Mediation Farm

Management Deposits

Low Interest Loans

Multi-Peril Crop Insurance

Telecommunication Bill Assistance

Farming Extension and Technical Advice

Legal Advice and Aid

For more information go to pir.sa.gov.au/drought or call the

Agriculture, Animal Health and Welfare Hotline on 1800 255 556

 

 

PO Box 94
Melrose SA 5483
Tel: 08 8666 2014| Fax: 08 8666 2169