Assistance measures

​​​​Australian Government assistance

The Australian Government provides a number of assistance measures to support farm families, farm businesses and rural communities to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought and other hardship. This includes a range of additional measures announced in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

Through these measures, the Australian Government is helping to build a strong and resilient agriculture sector.

A summary of these assistance measures is available in the Supporting farmers and rural communities factsheet.

The delivery of the drought and rural assistance programmes including those announced through the White Paper, is being led by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, in partnership with a number of other Australian Government agencies and the state and territory governments.

State and territory assistance

State or territory governments also have additional programmes to assist farmers in hardship, including those affected by drought.

More information and contact details are available at the Drought assistance contacts page.