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More primary producers eligible for bushfire assistance 

The Australian Government is extending the timeframe to 31 December 2020 for primary producers to apply for primary producer recovery grants of up to $75,000. The decision to extend application timeframes recognises that some primary producers have experienced drought, bushfires and now COVID-19, and need more time to make a claim. The Australian Government are also expanding grant eligibility for primary producers to ensure assistance is available to those most in need, the key eligibility changes include:

  • adjusted off-farm income threshold making it easier to be eligible.
  • allowing extra time for applicants to reach the 50% income threshold in recognition of long lead times required by some sectors to reach full production.
  • applicants are no longer required to be registered for GST but must still hold an ABN.
  • businesses earning more than 50% of their income from a combination of primary production and goods made directly from that produce will now be eligible for assistance.

The eligibility changes will come into effect shortly and will be in place until  31 December 2020.

You can apply for the primary producer grants through your state government:

If you have previously applied for a primary producer grant and was unsuccessful, you may now be eligible under the changed criteria, you do not need to reapply. You will be contacted by the agencies administering the grants.

Information hub for farmers

The FarmHub website is a central source of information for rural businesses during tough times.

Check FarmHub for information for bushfire affected farmers and rural communities, including:

  • livestock services
  • animal biosecurity management
  • recovery grants and assistance
  • state emergency contacts

Find information, contacts and assistance for farmers.

Emergency primary industries grants

If you're a farmer, fisher, forester or beekeeper, you may be eligible for grants of up to $75,000 to help you with your immediate needs, such as livestock feed, clean-up costs and essential equipment.

Find out more about the emergency bushfire support for primary producers.

Financial counselling for primary producers

The Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) is a service for farmers, fishers, foresters and related small business owners.

If you’re facing financial hardship and need support, a rural financial counsellor can help you to understand your financial position, and develop plans to improve it.

Find your local Rural Financial Counselling Service.

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Get in touch with our Contact Centre agents for support and information. We're available from 8am to 8pm across Australia, Monday to Friday.


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