Immediate Financial Assistance for New England
Drought-hit farmers in all local government areas of New England will be able to access one-off payments of $3,000 thanks to the Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative.
Registrations are now open for drought-affected farmers, farm workers, contractors and suppliers – applicants need to be over 18 and live and work in the identified council area.
Residents of Tenterfield Shire Council, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir and Inverell should apply through the Salvation Army.
Salvation Army – Phone 1300 551 030 or website
The Drought Hub website is a central source of information for NSW Government drought assistance and support services for drought affected primary producers, their families and communities.
Visit Drought Hub for more information, news and updates.
The following websites may be of assistance to you:
Transport Subsidy Emergency Drought Relief – Guidelines
The NSW RAA has published new Guidelines for the Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy. Please see these here: Transport Subsidy Emergency Drought Relief – Guidelines
One major change is the inclusion of invoices dated from 1st January 2018 into the eligibility for the current financial year $40k cap for those farmers who have not made a previous claim prior to 30th June 2019. Prior to these new Guidelines these farmers would have missed out on claiming for that period.
Note: Those farmers who have previously applied prior to 30th June 2019 will still need to get all their invoices for claims lodged by 30th September to have them included against the separate $40k cap available for the period ending 30th June 2019.
Skills Training for Drought Affected Farmers and Businesses
The NSW Government is subsidising skills training for farmers and regional businesses impacted by the drought and looking to transition into new or updated career opportunities.
Visit Training Services NSW for further details.
Health & Wellbeing
Emergency Services – 000
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Your Local GP
Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
Mensline – 1300 789 978
Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
National Debt Helpline – 1800 007 007
Wesley Financial Counselling Services – 1300 827 638