Speak to a Rural Financial Counsellor
Register to make an appointment to chat to one of our financial counsellors on 1800 319 458 to discuss what your current situation is and let us help you work on a plan toward;
- What assistance is right for you
- Help with applying
- Reviewing your financial situation
- Reevaluate your goals
- Develop a fire recovery plan
Don’t self assess! Call us.
Primary Producer Support
Local Land Services
LLS is able to help you get back on your feet with technical assistance for primary producers.
Contact the LLS on 1300 795 299, or via their website https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/
Rural Resilience Program
RRP staff provide information on support available for farmers and their families or workers recovering form natural disasters and can connect them with relevant support services and assistace packages.
Grants and Subsidies
$75k Bushfire Recovery Grant
Disaster recovery grants of up to $75,000 are now available to primary producers in LGAs affected by the NSW bushfires that have occured from 31 August 2019.
The grant is provided to help pay for the costs of clean up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures associated with the immediate recovery of primary production enterprises.
View the Special Disaster Grant – Bushfires webpage to find out if you are eligible and for more information on how to apply, or contact the Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593
$15k Disaster Recovery Grant
Grants of up to $15,000 are available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Local Government Areas affected by the NSW bushfires.
For more information on eligibility and how to apply visit the RAA Disaster Recovery Grants or contact the Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593
Disaster Recovery Payment
Support for eligible people adversely affected by the bushfires in New South Wales from August 2019 through to January 2020 is available as a one-off payment. Eligible individuals will receive $1000 per adult an $800 for each child younger than 16. This payment is made to individuals who have lost their home or had significant damage to their home.
The fastest way to make a claim is calling the Department of Human Services on 180 22 66.
For more information visit The Department of Human Service Webpage on the NSW Bushfires.
Disaster Recovery Allowance
The Disaster Recovery Allowance is available as support for people who can show they lost income as a direct result of the bushfires in New South Wales in August 2019 through to January 2020. This is a short term payment, for a maximum of 13 weeks, payable from the date you lose income as a direct result of the fires.
The fastest way to claim is over the phone, by calling the Department of Human Services on 180 22 66.
For more information visit the Department of Human Service Webpage on the NSW Bushfires
NSW Government Disaster Relief Grants
NSW Government Disaster Relief Grants are available for eligible individuals and families whose homes and essential household contents have been damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster.
To apply, call the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444
For more information visit the NSW Government Office of Emergency Management Financial support.
Natural Disaster Transport Subsidy
A natural disaster assistance transport subsidy is available to eligible farmers who are affected by a declared natural disaster event. This subsidy pays for the cost of transporting:
- Fodder and/or water to an affected property
- stock to sale or slaughter
- stock to/from agistment
For more information on how to claim go to the Rural Assistance Authority National Transport Subsidy webpage or contact the Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593
Fire affected landholders requiring emergency fodder are being urged to call the Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline, to request fodder and arrange collection.
Contact the Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647
Contacts for Donated Fodder and Supplies
Lions Need for Feed
Donated fodder and other supplies.
Phone: 0459 444 111
Rural Aid (Buy a Bale)
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Mental Health Support
The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) is encouraging anyone who has been impacted by the bushfires to prioritise their emotional wellbeing as well as that of people around them.
Free face-to-face support is currently available in Tumut and Wagga. For more information go to the MLHD Bushfire Mental Health Support Media Release.
MLHD AccessLine: 1800 800 944
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Rural Adversity Mental Health Program
The RAMHP provides a range of information services to individuals, communities and service providers to link rural and remote people to the help they need.
Call 02 6363 8444 to find the location of your nearest RAMHP Officer, or for more information visit www.ramhp.com.au
Community Recovery Initiatives
CommBank Bushfire Recovery Grants
Up to $50,000 grants available to assist the longer term recovery of organisations directly affected by the bushfires. These grants are open to the following organisations in a bushfire affected area:
- Community Organisation
- Fire Service
- Sporting Club
- Non-government organisation
For more information on eligibility and applying go to CommBank Bushfire Support