Farm Business Management



dairy Development grants

Available funds have been fully allocated and the program is now closed

Tactics for Tight Times is a program that connects with farmers and brings together resources and practical advice that meets the needs of each region

Planning and budgeting is a crucial part of any business, and gives farmers control over expenditure on their farm

Information to assist farmers with a broad range of agricultural issues, including animal health and welfare information and upcoming workshops and events

Targeted Dairy Technical Support

Agriculture Victoria will provide more targeted dairy technical support for dairy farmers

Call the Agriculture Victoria Information Line on 136 186

farmers' fund

The Farmers’ Fund provides dairy farmers with the opportunity to seek grants of up to $20,000 to encourage innovation, build productivity and stimulate growth



Tax deductions have been made available to primary producers for expenses uncured on landcare. These deductions are the result of dedicated work by the Basalt to Bay Landcare Network and have been provided to UDV for distribution

Dairy Recovery Concessional Loans provide low interest loans of up to $1 million for eligible dairy farm businesses affected by Murray Goulburn's and Fonterra's decisions to reduce farm gate milk prices

The Rural Financial Counselling Service provides free rural financial counselling to a range of clients, including dairy farmers, who are suffering financial hardship

Assists primary producers to deal more effectively with fluctuations in cash flows

Income support payment, available to eligible farmers & their families experiencing financial hardship

If your farm business is unable to meet your tax obligations and you are experiencing financial hardship, you can discuss deferred payment plans

The scheme makes it compulsory for banks & other creditors to offer mediation to farmers before commencing debt recovery proceedings on farm mortgages

Australian Government Farmer Assistance Hotline

Information on the Commonwealth Government's support services available to farmers and rural communities (e.g. Farm Household Allowance)

132 316

Small Business Support

Small Businesses Workshops

Small businesses in Victoria's dairy regions can access expert mentoring and advice from experienced industry specialists to help them make informed business decisions during this financially stressful period

Small Business Financial Counsellors

Small business financial counsellors will be appointed in the Eastern and North Eastern RFCS regions to support non-agriculture related small businesses impacted by the dairy industry downturn. Small business counsellors are already operating in North West and Western Victoria