The NSW Government has today announced it is making it easier for farmers and their families to access the Drought Transport Subsidies and the Drought Assistance Fund by relaxing the gross off-farm asset test.
Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward said the current criteria is being lifted from a $1 million off-farm assets to $5 million, which means more farmers will now be eligible to access drought assistance.
“This change acknowledges the efforts of farmers who have diversified their assets, but understandably still need help during these tough times,” Ms Goward said.
“I am pleased to be part of a Government that stands with our farmers and continues to assess its drought relief package to ensure we are delivering the right support at the right time.”
Ms Goward said criteria for ‘new entrants’ have also been created within the Government’s drought assistance guidelines to support farmers who are new the industry.
“New entrants, including many young farmers, will now have greater access to Government assistance which will be particularly beneficial as they establish their businesses,” Ms Goward said.
In addition to amending the access criteria, Goward said the Government is also making it easier for farmers to get help completing and submitting drought support applications, with Local Land Services offices now providing this assistance.
“Farmers in the region can now visit their local office for assistance with preparing and submitting their applications for drought support,” Ms Goward said.
“In addition, the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) is now open until 10 pm weeknights, allowing farmers who have been out in the paddocks all day a greater opportunity to seek support”.
“These changes will ensure farmers can access the support they need and receive their subsidy payments as quickly as possible.”
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) research stations and 37 Service NSW offices can also provide assistance to complete drought support applications. See below for Local Land Services:
- Boorowa Boorowa Council Chamber Building, 6-8 Market Street PO Box 49 Boorowa NSW 2586. Telephone: 02 6385 1018 Office hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm. No administrative and financial processing services available at this office
- Goulburn 159 Auburn Street, PO Box 67 Goulburn NSW 2580, Telephone: 02 4824 1900 Office hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
- Moss Vale 11/9 Clarence Street, PO Box 957 Moss Vale NSW 2577, Telephone: 02 4877 3211 Office hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm. No administrative and financial processing services available at this office
- Yass 13 Mitchell Street, PO Box 10 Yass NSW 2582, Telephone: 02 6118 7700 Office hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
The NSW Government Emergency Drought Relief package provides more than $1 billion in drought relief measures, for more information visit www.droughthub.nsw.gov.au