Drought Assistance Information
The Southern Downs was drought declared in May 2018 following extremely dry conditions and little to no rainfall for many months.
While we can’t make it rain, there are other ways our farmers can be supported through this incredibly tough time.
There are a number of government and community drought-assistance and financial support programs available to farmers who are adversely affected by drought.
Drought Community Support Initiative
On 26 October 2018, the Australian Government announced it would provide $30 million in much-needed support to drought-affected families through the Drought Community Support Initiative. This will provide up to $3,000 in assistance to at least 10,000 households in 81 Local Government Areas eligible under the Drought Communities Programme Extension.
The funding is now available for farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought. It can be used to spend in local communities or to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities. The $3,000 per household can consist of up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers.
In the Southern Downs Region, the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul have been engaged to deliver the assistance. Eligible applicants should reach out to these organisations directly to seek financial support (details below).
The Salvation Army
24 hour hotline: 1300 551 030
St Vincent de Paul
Hotline: 13 18 12
Rural Support Training Programs
TAFE Queensland is seeking expressions of interest in Rural Support Training Programs in Warwick in 2019, which are fully funded for eligible participants. CLICK HERE for more information on the programs being offered (PDF 972.8KB).
For more information on how to access assistance please click on the following links:
Financial Assistance - how to apply for funds
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Where to Donate