The Australian farming community has been hit pretty hard in recent times; drought and now the recent devastating bushfires have meant that a lot of farmers are desperate for help.
If you’re in the primary industry then the Federal government’s bushfire relief grants could be then just the helping hand you need.
The Federal government bushfire relief programme is delivering some $100 million in grants to help those, like you, who have suffered damage to their farms in the recent fires.
The grants are applicable for damage caused by any of the bushfire events dating back to August 2019 and offer up to $75,000 for each individual property that meets the criteria.
The goal of the bushfire relief programme is to help you get back on your feet. Any disaster is enormously stressful. And the financial cost involved in returning your farm back to full production is one of those especially tough aspects.
This grant is about helping you get back to a semblance of normality and your farm up and running as quickly as possible.
The grants may be used to:
The grants are available for anyone in the farming and primary industries if you meet the following criteria:
You may still be eligible even if you don’t earn more than 50% of your income from primary production.
But you need to demonstrate that you will earn more than 50% income within 3 years or that your income has been seriously reduced by drought and that your non-primary production income is less than $100,000.
The grant may be used to repair or replace damaged farm buildings, fences and other infrastructure.
You cannot use the grants to repair residential housing or where the property is covered by insurance.
Remember, applications can only be accepted for damage that is directly related to the bushfire itself.
You will need to provide photos of the damage sustained. It will be helpful if you have invoices, estimates or quotes to support your claim too.
Plus you will also need to supply the following:
Use the links below to find out more information including application forms and guidelines from your relevant state agency.
|State agency and link to website||Contact number|
|New South Wales Rural Assistance Authority||1800 678 593|
|Queensland Rural Industry and Development Authority||1800 623 946|
|South Australia Primary Industries and Regions||1800 931 314|
|Victoria Rural Finance||1800 260 425|
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