Rural Business Development Corporation (RBDC)

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The role of the Rural Business Development Corporation (RBDC) is to properly and fairly administer assistance schemes for the rural sector on behalf of the State and delivers other services for the benefit of rural industry.

The RBDC Act allows the RBDC to administer any 'approved assistance scheme' - any scheme that states the purpose and nature of financial assistance, identifies the categories of persons eligible for financial assistance and is approved by both the Minister and the Treasurer. The RBDC also provides advice to the Minister on a range of rural issues.

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Expression of Interest – Rural Business Development Corporation Board Director

Information for Applicants

The Rural Business Development Corporation (RBDC) is a body established under Section 5 of the Rural Business Development Corporation Act 2000 (RBDC Act) to administer approved assistance schemes to foster the development of rural businesses.

Expression of Interest for a Board Director

The RBDC is seeking a board director with a sound understanding of the issues facing regional communities, with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding of the RBDC. Applicants from across Western Australia, particularly those in regional Western Australia and with a broad range of experience are encouraged to apply.  

In accordance with section 12 of the RBDC Act, the Corporation’s board of directors comprises five members appointed by the Minister for individual terms not exceeding three years and will have:

  • qualifications and experience in financial management relevant to the Corporation’s functions or
  • other qualifications and experience relevant to those functions.

In accordance with section 14 of the RBDC Act, remuneration for eligible members will be determined by the Minister on the recommendation of the Public Sector Commissioner.

How to apply

Please submit your application via email to

As part of your application, you will need to provide:

  • Current employment details
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) (word or PDF format)
  • Contact details of two referees

You are also asked to address the following selection criteria (2 pages maximum):

  1. Professional qualifications, expertise and experience that will contribute to the work of the Rural Business Development Corporation.
  2. Your demonstrated interest in the position.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of probity requirements including conflicts of interest and confidentiality.

Applications close 5pm Monday 10 June 2024.

Please contact Nijaz (Neeaz) Brkich, Executive Director Regional Development and Investment on 0458 076 789 or for any queries.

Late applications will not be accepted. 


Open Schemes of Assistance

Hardship Support Grant scheme

Farm businesses facing financial hardship due to drought conditions can apply for $5,000 per business to help cover the cost of stockfeed, water and transportation. 

Applications for the $5000 hardship grant are open. Applications close on 30 June 2024 or when funding is fully committed (whichever occurs first). Visit the Hardship Support Grant page for more information and how to apply. 

Farm Debt Mediation Scheme (WA)

Currently open for applications. For more information refer to the Farm Debt Mediation Scheme page.

WA Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program

The State Government's $15 million Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program (CF-LRP) aims to realise agriculture's potential to sequester carbon in the landscape and contribute to growing the WA carbon market.

Further detail on the program, including open rounds and the latest information, is available here

Closed Schemes of Assistance

Farm Finance (FFCLS) and Drought (DCLS) Concessional Loans Schemes

These schemes were funded by the Australian Government and are being administered by the Rural Business Development Corporation (RBDC) on behalf of the Western Australian Government, for the Australian Government.

Applications closed on 30 June 2017. For information on the current and historical interest rates for the Commonwealth Concessional Loans Schemes as determined by the Australian Government.

For loans scheme interest rate information click here.


Future Drought Fund - June 2020

The Australian Government established the Future Drought Fund, with the Fund opening with 8 foundational programs on 1 July 2020.

The Future Drought Fund is an important part of the Australian Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan to deliver the support Australian farmers and communities need to be sustainable and productive. Further details on the Fund is available on the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment web pages.