Primary producers have been quick to reach out to Rural Financial Counselling Service North Queensland after the Federal Government’s announcement yesterday to extend financial support under the Farm Household Allowance (FHA).
“Before the Agriculture Minister David Littleproud had finished the announcement I had received several messages from drought affected producers keen to access the extended funding,” said RFCSNQ counsellor Rachel Bock.
Yesterday’s announcement means the Farm Household Allowance is available for a fourth year to eligible primary producers.
The Longreach based counsellor Rachel Bock says families on drought affected properties will soon be able to access up to an additional 25 thousand dollars a year and other benefits.
“While the details of the changes are still surfacing, I urge producers who have exhausted the payment, are on the payment or who have not yet applied to make an appointment with a rural financial counsellor now to start the process,” Ms Bock said.
Rural financial councillors like Rachel Bock have been supporting primary producers to submit successful applications for FHA since 2014 and can help make the process hassle free, smooth and successful.
“Although we won’t know the full details of the application process until it has been passed through parliament, you’re losing nothing by contacting us today,” she said.
The Farm Household Allowance is an adjustment payment available to all eligible primary producers, not only drought affected operations.
The Farm Household Support Amendment Bill has been introduced into Federal Parliament today.
RFCSNQ is one of 12 services nationally that provides free rural financial counselling service under the Australian and State Government supported program. Ms Bock is one of seven experienced Rural Financial Counsellors servicing the North Queensland region.
RFCSNQ provides a confidential, free and impartial rural financial counselling service to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses who are suffering, or at imminent risk of suffering, financial hardship.
Contact details for RFCSNQ can be found at www.rfcsnq.com.au.
For interviews contact:
Rachel Bock 0427 583 096
Rural Financial Counsellor
For further information or help arranging an interview contact:
Nicole Bond 0417 199 369
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David Arnold 0428 583 301