More help for farmers

2 December 2019

Farming families now have better access to Farm Household Allowance (FHA).

Farmers can get FHA for 4 years in specific 10 year periods.

Farmers who’ve already used up their 4 years can claim FHA again from 1 July 2024.

Eligible farmers can then get FHA for up to 4 years in each 10-year period.

The first 3 periods are:

  • 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2024
  • 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2034
  • 1 July 2034 to 30 June 2044.

We count 4 years as a total of 1,460 days.

Farmers and their partners who reach maximum time on FHA before 1 July 2020 will get an extra relief payment.

Single farmers will get $7,500 and each member of a couple will get $6,500, if they are eligible.

Eligible farmers will get the relief payment automatically. They don’t have to apply for it.

Eligible farmers will start getting the payment from 16 December 2019.

From 11 January 2020, farming couples can make one joint claim for FHA online.

More changes will start in early 2020.

Income from farming-related activities such as agistment will be included in farm income rather than off-farm income.

Farmers can offset more of their off-farm income against farm losses. The limit will increase from $80,000 to $100,000.

Subject to the passage of legislation, the assets test will be simpler. Farm and non-farm assets will be combined under a single $5.5 million limit.

More information

Find out who can get FHA.

Read more about Making the FHA work better for farmers on the Minister for Agriculture website.

Read more news for Rural and Remote Australians.

Page last updated: 2 December 2019