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Household Assistance

Farm Household Allowance (FHA) provides assistance to farming families experiencing financial hardship.

The program focuses on helping farmers make important decisions to improve their long-term financial situation. There are four key elements to the program:

  • A fortnightly payment and supplementary allowances such as rent assistance, telephone and pharmaceutical allowances and a Health Care Card
  • Individual case support with a Farm Household Case Officer (FHCO) and a Rural Financial Counsellor (RFC)
  • A financial assessment of the farm enterprise up to $1,500
  • A $4,000 activity supplement that gives farmers an opportunity to develop skills, access training and pay for advice to better manage their business into the future
  • The amount of Farm Household Allowance payable depends on your individual circumstances.

Call the RFCS to discuss your circumstances.
We are well versed in the application process and the application process.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a farmer or the partner of a farmer
  • be 16 years of age or older
  • meet the income and assets test
  • contribute labour and capital to an Australian farm, or are the partner of a farmer who does
  • meet residency rules
  • have had less than four years of Farm Household Allowance.

      Additionally, the farm business you are running must:

      • solely or mainly sell products into supply chains that are interstate or outside Australia, or plan to in the future
      • have existing commercial debt
      • be registered for tax purposes in Australia with an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
      • be in financial need of a loan
      • have the capacity to repay the loan
      • operate as a sole trader, trust, partnership or private company
      • be in the agriculture, horticulture, pastoral, apiculture, or aquaculture industry.