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Drought in NSW

Financial support for drought assistance can be found here: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/droughthub/drought-assistanceThis page provides details and links to a wide range of measures being delivered by the NSW Government to support farmers impacted by drought conditions. This list is regularly updated when new initiatives are announced.



CENTRAL WEST RURAL FINANCIAL COUNSELLING SERVICE  The Rural Financial Counselling Services provides a free, impartial & confidential service, working closely with clients across a large area of Central and Western NSW, for further assistance call 1800 940 404.






NSW Government assistance – visit droughthub.nsw.gov.au


The NSW Government announced a further $185 million to continue the NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package, to help farmers manage the effects of the drought.

The extended NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package for 2019-20 includes:

  • $70 million to continue Drought Transport Subsidies for fodder, stock and water
  • $50 million to waive Local Land Services rates
  • $30 million to waive fixed water charges in rural and regional areas
  • $10 million to waive Farm Innovation Fund interest fees
  • $15 million for emergency town water supply assistance
  • $10 million to reduce the cost of farming , including apiary fee waivers, wild dog fence fee waivers, stock welfare panels and donated fodder

The NSW Government committed to new programs and increased funding in other critical areas, including:

  • $7 million for exemptions for agricultural vehicle registration fees
  • $8.2 million for counselling and mental health programs
  • $5.2 million to support preschool children and their families facing hardship due to drought
  • $5 million for training to upskill farmers and contractors
  • $1 million in grants to local sports organisations

An additional $10 million is allocated to targeted improvements to the Barwon-Darling river.

This is on top of the $400 million in election commitments, which includes:

  • $350 million to bolster the Farm Innovation Fund (FIF) infrastructure program
  • $37.5 million to fund an extension to the wild dog fence in Western NSW
  • $13 million to continue NSW support of the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative.

The package came into effect on 1 July 2019.

The Combined Drought Indicator can be found at https://edis.dpi.nsw.gov.au/. The Combined Drought Indicator shows a snapshot of current seasonal conditions for NSW, factoring in rainfall, soil moisture and pasture/crop growth indices.

Commonwealth Government assistance – visit agriculture.gov.au

The Australian Government provides a number of assistance measures to support farm families, farm businesses and rural communities to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought and other hardship.

Country Womens Assocation of NSW assistance - visit www.cwaofnsw.org.au/droughtaid.html

CWA assistance to help meet household expenses for drought affected families, up to a maximum of $3,000 per family/household, is available to eligible applicants. Expenses can include grocery bills, vehicle maintenance, school, electricity, rates, telephone, dental and medical (gap payments or cost of travel to access treatment) etc. For expenses that are current and/or outstanding.

St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army are delivering a one-off payment of $3,000 funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2 (DCSI), and the eligible LGAs have been divided between the two organisations, you can find out which organisation is providing assistance in your LGA by clicking here.

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