ACT farmers’ support package

Sunset image by Sujay KrishnamoorthiThe ACT Government has announced an assistance package for the ACT’s rural landholders as a result of the current dry conditions.

This follows on from work we’ve done with farmers in recent years to build their resilience for dealing with the increasing likelihood of dry conditions due to climate change.

The package is designed to support those farmers in need and also further prepare them for the future.

ACT Rural Resilience Grants

A new grant program totalling up to $150,000 has been introduced for 2018/19 for eligible rural landholders to undertake drought resilience activities. Applications could be from individuals or groups of landholders.

The grants will co-fund:

  • Farm resilience planning (up to $5000) – designed to minimise the impact of weather events on rural properties
  • On-ground works/infrastructure (up to $10,000) – designed to increase the resilience of a rural property to weather events

This program follows on from the ACT Rural Grants which ran from 2013 to 2018 and helped farmers achieve sustainable agriculture outcomes.

More information about the grant including further details on how to apply are available in the Application guidelines. The application form is now available as PDF and Word.

Would you like help putting together an application?

If you are interested and would like to discuss a potential application please contact ACT Natural Resource Management:

Relief grazing

The ACT Government is endeavoring to locate areas that may be used for relief grazing for a short period of time. There is currently a block in Hall identified.

If you are interested in potentially accessing this relief grazing please contact the Rural Services team on 6207 3587 or email act.ruralservices@act.gov.au.

Transport subsidy

A transport subsidy scheme has been introduced in line with the NSW Government’s model.

This will provide a subsidy of up to $20,000 on transport of fodder and/or water to a property as well as the movement of stock during the 2018-19 financial year. Payments of up to 50% of freight costs (capped at $20,000) can be made on eligible, paid tax receipts which demonstrate transport occurring between 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

Application guidelines and claim form are now available as PDF and Word.

Applicants also need to complete the relevant transport record.

Would you like help putting together an application?

If you are interested and would like to discuss a potential application please contact Warren Schofield on 6207 8480 or email act.ruralservices@act.gov.au.

Requirements for fodder purchased from interstate

Farmers are reminded of their biosecurity obligations when purchasing and transporting fodder. These requirements are designed to minimise the impact and risk of pests and weeds.

Australian Government assistance

The Australian Government provides a variety of assistance programs to farmers.

On 5 August 2018, the Australian Government expanded eligibility for the Farm Household Allowance by raising the cap on total farm net assets from $2.6 million to $5 million and announced additional assistance to farmers receiving Farm Household Allowance via two lump sum supplementary payments of up to $6000 on 1 September 2018 and 1 March 2019.

Photo credit: Sujay Krishnamoorthi