Support services directory

Page last updated: Thursday, 7 November 2019 - 11:10am

A range of Federal and State assistance measures are in place to support farmers and pastoralists experiencing hardship, as a result of seasonal pressures.

The Support services directory harnesses a range of financial, water and wellbeing support, as well as links to Regional Counselling Services and 24/7 crisis care.

Western Australia does not have a drought declaration system so no formal declaration needs to be made to access these services.

The Federal Government’s National Drought Policy and National Drought Agreement aims to build resilience to climate variability and dry season pressures, specifically through bolstering risk management practices and enhancing long-term preparedness.

SUPPORT SERVICES DIRECTORY

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Farm Hub

A website that harnesses information about Commonwealth and State/Territory assistance (includes Drought Loans, Farm Investment Loans, Farm Household Allowance)

 

Farm Household Allowance

Assists farming families experiencing financial hardship with income to maintain their household

13 23 16 or 1800 612 004

Drought Loans &

Farm Investment Loans

Low interest loans for businesses to improve the strength, resilience and profitability  of their businesses (provided by the Regional Investment Corporation)

1800 875 675

loans@service.ric.gov.au

Rural Financial Counselling Service WA

Free financial counselling service to assist primary producers

1800 612 044

admin@rfcswa.com.au

Farm Debt Mediation Scheme

Assists farm and pastoral businesses and financial institutions to resolve disputes about business financial arrangements, through a low cost and non-legal form of mediation

1800 198 231

rbdu.loans@agric.wa.gov.au

Farmer Assistance Hotline

Income support programs for farmers and rural small businesses

13 23 16

CWA of WA Drought Assistance

Funds for household expenses

9321 6041

info@cwaofwa.asn.au

WATER SUPPORT

National On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

Rebates of 25% up to a maximum of $25 000 for the purchase and installation of new water infrastructure and equipment to eligible commercial livestock farmers and pastoralists

1800 780 300

ruralwater@dwer.wa.gov.au

Community Water Supply Program (agricultural regions)

Grants of up to $100 000 available for community water supply development and improvements in dryland agricultural areas receiving <600mm average annual rainfall

1800 780 300

ruralwater@dwer.wa.gov.au

Management of Strategic Community Water Supplie (agricultural regions)

Network of strategic community water supplies in WA dryland agricultural areas to provide emergency stock water

1800 780 300

ruralwater@dwer.wa.gov.au

Water Deficiency Declaration (agricultural regions)

Emergency water for livestock provided by the State government carted to a central point, coordinated via local shires

1800 780 300

ruralwater@dwer.wa.gov.au

Farm Water Supply Planning Scheme (agricultural and pastoral regions)

Rebates of up to $1000 for commercial broadacre and pastoral farmers experiencing water shortages to fund an audit of farm water supply and potential improvements

1800 780 300

ruralwater@dwer.wa.gov.au

WELLBEING

Lifeline

24–hour crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services

13 11 14

Regional Counselling Services

Counselling for individuals, couples and families experiencing challenges to help them cope, improve wellbeing and identify options

Click here for local counselling services

Regional Men’s Health Initiative

Provides support and education services to regional men, communities and health services

9690 2277 (office hours)

menshealth@4blokes.com.au

Women’s Information Service

Provides information and referrals regarding health, finances, legal matters, counselling and domestic crisis

1800 199 174

wis@dlgc.wa.gov.au

OTHER INFORMATION

Western Australia’s rural health, financial & information services support directory

Contacts for a range of 24 hour support, financial and family counselling, health, emergency and ancillary services

 

Author

Rick Bryant