Farmer Wellbeing & SupporT



Personal Hardship Assistance Program

Emergency relief assistance is available for up to 7 days after an emergency event if you are unable to access or live in your home, because of the emergency. Payments are intended to help in the immediate aftermath of the emergency with expenses incurred in meeting health, safety and wellbeing needs.

Grants for community events and activities that bring together people affected by the St Patrick’s day fires or the ongoing Victorian dry conditions.

Victorian Government is working with local Councils to provide free Small Business Workshops and Small Business Mentoring support for businesses in dairy communities


Health & Wellbeing

Workshops to improve the health, safety and well-being of farm men and women, farm workers, their families and communities across Australia

24/7 telephone counselling – Connect with someone who cares

Information about issues associated with depression and anxiety


Heads Up is all about giving individuals and businesses free tools and resources to take action

24/7 phone service that provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse

Mobile Service Centres travel to rural and regional communities to provide people with information and access to government services

24/7 service for men with relationship & family concerns

24/7 telephone & online counselling service for young people

The fact sheet includes practical ways to help build mental and emotional resilience and signposting to further resources

Providing families with access to information about family relationship issues

For mental health consultations and services, contact your local GP for a referral



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

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

Call 132 316


Family Support

The Victorian Government’s Back to Work Scheme is being extended to make members of a dairy farm household an eligible category of employee.   Employers will receive up to $5000 when they hire someone from a farm household affected by the dairy crisis.

The Victorian Government offers a number of concessions designed to assist & improve the affordability of essential services for low-income Victorian households.

Foodbank distributes meals to individuals and families across regional, rural and metro areas of Victoria, helping to feed over 100,000 Victorians each month

The Dairy Assistance CSEF payment will be paid to the school that the student attends to be used towards camps, sports, excursions and/or other education expenses for the benefit of the eligible student. Parents/Guardians should contact their child's school in the first instance.

Back to School

Children from disadvantaged families attending Victorian Government Schools are provided with uniforms, shoes and other essential items

Contact your School Principal, Assistant Principal or Welfare Coordinator

Drought Kindergarten Fee Subsidy

The Drought Kindergarten Fee Subsidy provides support for all children attending kindergarten in drought affected areas, and all children who live in drought affected areas that attend kindergartens in other areas.

Kindergartens can also apply for a one-off grant to support their continued operation.

Available in Central and East Gippsland for 2019.


Contact your local kindergarten or contact