Farm Household Allowance Program

The Farm Household Allowance Program provides farming families experiencing financial hardship with assistance through planning and training for long-term financial improvements as well as income support for up to 4 years.
Application detail:

Applications may be made at any time.

What do you get?

Various financial support programs and services are available.

Who is this for?

Farmers experiencing financial hardship.


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 a four key support 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 $1500
  • a $4000 activity supplement that gives farmers an opportunity to develop skills, access training and pay for advice to better manage their business into the future.

Additionally there is a further supplement available which will be delivered in one or two FHA supplement lump sum payments. There is $7200 for single farmers and $12,000 for farming couples per household.

The first FHA supplement payment will be paid from 1 September 2018. If you get FHA between 1 September 2018 and 1 December 2018 you’ll get the first FHA supplement lump sum. 

The second FHA supplement payment will be paid from 1 March 2019. If you get FHA between 2 December 2018 and 1 June 2019 you’ll get the second FHA supplement payment.

The amount of Farm Household Allowance payable depends on your individual circumstances.

What are the eligibility criteria?

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, your farm must have significant commercial purpose. This is assessed based on:

  • the purpose of your farm
  • the potential profitability
  • consistency of activity
  • whether your farm is operated as a business
  • the size, scale and permanency of your farm activity.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria at Farm Household Allowance.

How do you apply?

Apply online at Claiming Farm Household Allowance.

If you need help to compile your documents and complete your application, contact an advisor from your local Rural Financial Counselling Service.

Find out more about how to apply at Farm Household Allowance.

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