Rural Business Development Corporation (RBDC)

Page last updated: Wednesday, 21 December 2022 - 8:55am

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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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Open Schemes of Assistance

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.

Selected projects will deliver environmental, economic and social co-benefits, and contribute to the long-term sustainability of the farming industry. 

The Program is administered by the RBDC on behalf of DPIRD, with over $3.4m awarded to succesful projects in Round 1 (2021/22).

Submissions for Round 2 were open from September to December 2022 and are progressing through eligibility and assessment stages. Successful projects will be announced mid-2023.

A third round is expected to open following an extensive outreach and education program planned for late 2023/early 2024.

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 Autralian Government.

For loans scheme interest rate information click here.

Announcements 

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.

Contact information

Rural Business Development Unit
1800 198 231