An extra payment for farmers

25 February 2019

Households getting Farm Household Allowance (FHA) will soon get a second FHA supplement lump sum payment.

This taxable supplement is on top of the FHA payment you get each fortnight.

We’ll start paying the supplement from 1 March 2019.

We’ll pay the supplement to everyone who gets FHA. You don’t have to claim for it.

If you get FHA between 2 December 2018 and 1 June 2019, you’ll get the second supplement lump sum payment. From 1 March 2019 we’ll pay:

  • $3,600 for single farmers
  • $6,000 per household for farming couples – that’s $3,000 for each member of the couple.

If you were eligible for FHA between 1 September 2018 and 1 December 2018, you may have already got the first supplement lump sum payment. 

If you’re not getting FHA now, see if you can get it.

Just make sure you claim FHA before 1 June 2019. If you’re eligible, you’ll get the second supplement lump sum payment.

Other changes

The assets test limit for FHA has increased to $5,000,000. This limit applies until 30 June 2019. This means more farmers may get FHA.

If you’re approved under the $5,000,000 assets test, you’ll continue to get FHA until your payment stops.

We now pay FHA for up to 4 years in total. You don’t need to take it all at once. You can get the payment when you need it.

Next steps

You can:

The Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) can help you claim FHA. You can call them on 1800 686 175. Read more about the RFCS on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

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Page last updated: 25 February 2019