Farm Household Allowance

A payment for farming families in financial hardship.

Eligibility basics

  • a farmer who spends a major part of your time and capital working on the farm,  or the partner of a farmer who does
  • is not over the income and assets test limits
  • meets mutual obligation requirements
If you get Farm Household Allowance, you need to send us your tax returns so we can check if we paid you the right amount. Read more about farm business income reconciliation.

Eligibility & payment rates

What it covers

Farm Household Allowance can help with your household bills and financial circumstances.

Read more about what it covers

Who can get it

You can get Farm Household Allowance if you meet certain criteria.

Read more about who can get it

Mutual obligation requirements

To get Farm Household Allowance, you must agree to follow the mutual obligations requirements.

Read more about mutual obligation requirements

How much you get

The amount of Farm Household Allowance you can get depends on your circumstances.

Read more about how much you can get

Income and assets tests

You must meet an income and assets test to get Farm Household Allowance.

Read more about income and assets for Farm Household Allowance

Residence rules

On the day you claim Farm household Allowance you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.

Read more about residence rules

Waiting periods

You may have to wait a period of time to get Farm Household Allowance depending on your circumstances.

Read more about waiting periods


Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.


  • find out what you need before you start
  • choose your claiming option
  • submit any documents we ask for
  • submit your claim
  • wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the result


Managing your payment

Income reporting

Your off-farm income can affect your payment. You must tell us how much you earn each fortnight.

Read more about income reporting

Business income reconciliation

To calculate Farm Household Allowance, we compare your estimated and actual business income. We reconcile your business income at the end of each financial year.

Read more about business income reconciliation

Activity Supplement

You can claim an activity supplement if you get Farm Household Allowance and are doing activities to meet your mutual obligation requirements.

Read more about the activity supplement

Change of circumstances

You need to report any changes to your circumstances when you get Farm Household Allowance.

Read more about change of circumstances

While travelling outside Australia

There are rules about when we can pay your Farm Household Allowance while you are outside Australia.

Read more about the Farm Household Allowance while you travel outside Australia

Time limits

You can only get Farm Household Allowance for 3 years.

Read more about the time limits

My bank account is overdrawn

You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn

Helping you transition off

When you stop getting Farm Household Allowance (FHA) you may be able to get other payments or support services.

Read more about transitioning off Farm Household Allowance


Our videos can help you

Watch our new Farm Household Allowance videos to see how we can help you and your farm.

Read more about how our Farm Household Allowance videos can help you

Financial Information Service

Our Financial Information Service gives you free, confidential help and information on money and lifestyle issues.

Read about the Financial Information Service.

Help from social workers

Our social workers can offer support and information to help you during difficult times. Social workers can link you to other supports and services.

Payment and Service Finder

Select the options that describe your circumstances, then explore a list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.

Read more about Payment and Service Finder

Manage your money

We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.

Read more Managing your money

Regular deductions using Centrepay

You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.

Read more about regular deductions using Centrepay

Page last updated: 11 April 2018