A payment for farming families in financial hardship.
- 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
Eligibility & payment rates
What it covers
Farm Household Allowance can help with your household bills and financial circumstances.
Who can get it
You can get Farm Household Allowance if you meet certain criteria.
Mutual obligation requirements
To get Farm Household Allowance, you must agree to follow the mutual obligations requirements.
How much you get
The amount of Farm Household Allowance you can get depends on your circumstances.
Income and assets tests
You must meet an income and assets test to get Farm Household Allowance.
On the day you claim Farm household Allowance you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.
You may have to wait a period of time to get Farm Household Allowance depending on your circumstances.
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
Your off-farm income can affect your payment. You must tell us how much you earn each fortnight.
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.
You can claim an activity supplement if you get Farm Household Allowance and are doing activities to meet your mutual obligation requirements.
Change of circumstances
You need to report any changes to your circumstances when you get Farm Household Allowance.
While travelling outside Australia
There are rules about when we can pay your Farm Household Allowance while you are outside Australia.
You can only get Farm Household Allowance for 3 years.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank 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.
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.
Try self service
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
Read more about using self service.
Payment and Service Finder
Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out how a change in circumstance may change the payments and services you currently get from us.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Read about how to manage 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 how Centrepay works.