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Government support grants available for primary producers

In the face of an increasingly variable climate, state governments across Australia have established a range of drought support programs for farmers and primary producers.

These initiatives are available to drought-declared properties in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in the form of subsidies and rebates that cover water and on farm infrastructure for animal welfare needs.

The accessibility of rebates is subject to funds being available and applicants meeting eligibility criteria, as set out by each scheme, so it is recommended that primary producers seek advice and apply before funding runs out.

To find out more and see if you’re eligible to apply, take a look at the sections below which summarise key information on the grants available in your state.

 

Grant name
On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants

Grant amount
up to $5,000 (ex GST) per property TOTAL

Grant details
Contributes up to 50% of eligible purchases that will assist farm businesses implement on-farm infrastructure to improve drought preparedness and future positioning.

Eligible Elders products for funding
·        Troughs
·        Piping
·        Tanks
·        Pumps
·        Fencing
·        Gates
·        Grain and fodder storage (silos)

Eligible Locations
East Gippsland
Swan Hill
Gannawarra
Loddon
Campaspe
Greater Bendigo
Greater Shepparton
Moira
Strathbogie
Benalla
Wangaratta
Wodonga
Indigo
Alpine
Towong
Mildura
Hindmarsh
Yarriambiack
Buloke
Horsham
Northern Grampians

Valid from
October 2018

Valid to
Until all funds are distributed

More Information
https://www.ruralfinance.com.au/industry-programs/on-farm-drought-infrastructure-grant

Grant name
Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

Grant amount
Up to $25,000 per farm enterprise TOTAL

Grant details
Eligible Primary Producers can claim a rebate of 25% of the cost of purchase, delivery and if applicable, the labour cost to engage a person to install water infrastructure for animal welfare needs.

Eligible Elders products for funding
·        Troughs
·        Piping
·        Tanks
·        Pumps

Eligible Locations – drought map linked below
Broken Hill
Wentworth
Balranald
Hay
Carrathool
Cobar
Central Darling
Bourke
Walgett
Moree Plains
Tamworth
Inverell
Uralla
Armidale
Glen Innes
Tenterfield
Hunter
Muswellbrook
Carbonne
Cowra
Orange
Oberon
Forbes
Lachlan
Parkes
Gilgandra
Warrumbungle
Warren
Murrumbidgee
Griffith
Narrandera
Gundagai
Wagga Wagga
Yass

Valid from
1 July 2018

Valid to
30 June 2021 or once funding of $12m exhausted, whichever occurs first

More information
https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/assistance/emergency-water-infrastructure-rebate-scheme

Grant name
Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS)

Grant amount
$20,000 – $40,000 per property per financial year is available.

Grant details
Up to 50% of the cost of purchase, delivery and the labour cost to engage a person to install water infrastructure (if applicable), purchased for emergency animal welfare need.

Eligible Elders products for funding
·        Troughs
·        Piping
·        Tanks
·        Pumps

Eligible Locations – drought map linked below
McKinlay
Richmond
Flinders
Winton
Diamantia
Barcoo
Longreach
Balcardine
Blackall Tambo
Murweh
Quilpie
Maranoa
Bulloo
Paroo
Balonne
Goondiwindi
Toowoomba
Southern Downs
Somerset
South Burbett
Cherbourg
Charters Towers
Isaac
Whitsunday

Valid from
August 2018

Valid to
Can be cancelled or suspended at any time without notice

More information
https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/rural-disaster-recovery/drought/assistance/dras-subsidies

New South Wales Drought Map here.
Queensland Drought Map here.