National Drought Program Reform (Farm Household Allowance)

The Farm Household Allowance will provide farm families with income support for up to three years in times of hardship.

Description of the measure

The program is scheduled to start from 1 July 2014.

To receive the allowance, people must be:

  • farmers
  • willing to undertake activities to improve the viability of their farm business and strengthen their long term financial situation.

This program will replace the Transitional Farm Family Payment which currently provides income assistance for up to 12 months.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

Farming families will be affected by this measure.

Am I eligible for this measure?

To qualify for allowance a person must:

  • be a farmer
  • meet the income and assets tests
  • prove that they contribute significant labour and capital to their farming enterprise
  • prove that they earn significant income from their farming enterprise.

Once eligible for the fortnightly allowance, the farmer must work with a case manager to develop an action plan with agreed activities.

When will this measure start and finish?

The Farm Household Allowance will start from 1 July 2014.

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