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Farming communities encouraged to apply for assistance

Drought-hit farmers say applying for the grants is painless and quick.

We know you farmers are a resilient and strong bunch; you need to be when droughts are part of your existence.

But these are particularly tough times and Australia wants to help.

$11.5 million is now available to help drought-affected farmers and farming communities. We are partnering with the Country Women’s Association in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, and with the Rural Financial Counselling Service (Gippsland) in Victoria to get the funds out through their aid programs.

As of 13 February, more than 5,581 farming families have taken up the grants and tell us the process is fast and simple.

We’re hearing about bills being paid, families having enough to make it through the next few months and children joining friends on school excursions after their family applied for drought funds.

We applied to the QCWA for food vouchers. A painless one-page application. Thought I’d have to apply every time I needed a voucher, worth $500. Within five days of sending the form a fat little brown padded envelope arrived with $3000 worth of vouchers. I was both stunned and thankful. A most humbling experience

Queensland dairy farmer

If you’re a farmer, here’s how it works

  • Farmers, farming families or farming-dependent contractors in drought-affected areas of NSW, ACT, Queensland and South Australia can apply for grants of up to $3,000 through the Country Women’s Association, and in Victoria through the Rural Financial Counselling Service (Gippsland). Red Cross appeal funds support these grants.
  • Grants can help you meet household expenses, such as food, vehicle maintenance, school expenses, electricity, gas or rates, telephone expenses and dental or medical expenses.
  • Applications are being processed quickly.

Three ways to apply

  • You can apply online
  • Call the phone number in your state, below, to have an application form sent to you
  • Or pick up an application form at selected Australia Post offices

In Queensland, contact the Queensland Country Women’s Association
online or call (07) 3026 1220

In NSW and ACT, contact the Country Women’s Association of NSW
online or call (02) 8337 0210

In South Australia, the SA Country Women’s Association is working with Rural Business Support to facilitate grant applications. To apply, call Rural Business Support 1800 836 211, email or visit the Rural Business Support website.

In Victoria, grants are being distributed by the Rural Financial Counselling Service (Gippsland). You can apply online or call 1300 045 747.

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