Drought Assistance

Drought Assistance

On Monday 30 July 2018, the NSW Government announced a $500 million NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package to help farmers manage the effects of the current drought.

The three major elements of the $500 million NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package are:

  • $190 million for Drought Transport Subsidies
  • $100 million for cutting the cost of farming fees and charges – by waiving Local Land Services rates, waiving fixed water charges in rural and regional areas, and waiving class one agricultural vehicle registration costs
  • $150 million to bolster the Farm Innovation Fund (FIF) infrastructure program

The package also includes funding for:

  • Counselling and mental health;
  • Critical services in regional communities, including transporting water and drought related road upgrades and repairs
  • Animal welfare and stock disposal.

This package takes the total NSW Government Drought Assistance Package to $1.1 billion.

A full list of available  assistance and links to how to apply and eligibility criteria can be found by following this link the NSW Drought Assistance Hub.

Easdowns is committed to helping our drought affected farmers and we urge clients and those seeking assistance who are not currently clients to contact our office for further assistance.


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