Extra payments for farmers

24 September 2018

Households getting Farm Household Allowance (FHA) will get up to 2 FHA supplement payments.

This taxable supplement is on top of the FHA payment you get each fortnight. Single farmers can get up to $7,200 in total. Farming couples can get up to $12,000 in total per household.

You’ll get up to 2 supplement lump sum payments. We’ll pay the:

  • first payment from September 2018
  • second payment from March 2019

Whether you get 1 or 2 lump sum payments will depend on when you started getting FHA.

If you already get FHA we’ll pay you the supplement. You don’t have to submit a claim for it.

If you’re not currently getting FHA you can submit a claim. To get FHA you must be eligible. If you submit an FHA claim:

  • on or before 1 December 2018, you’ll get the first payment
  • after 1 December and on or before 1 June 2019, you’ll get the second 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.

You’ll get FHA for up to 4 years (1,460 days). Remember you don’t need to take it all at once. You can get the payment when you need it.

Next steps 

You can:

  • read more about Farm Household Allowance to see if you can claim
  • watch our YouTube videos about FHA
  • call the Farmer Assistance Hotline on 132 316 if you need more information

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: 24 September 2018