Farmer Wellbeing & SupporT
RURAL SKILLS CONNECT PROGRAM
Addresses the vital skills gaps in Victoria by utilising the transferable skills in dairy communities to meet rural industry skills shortages.
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.
Community events and activities that bring people together
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
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
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
Dairy Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
The Dairy Kindergarten Fee Subsidy will provide access to free or low cost kindergarten, up to 15 hours per week, in the year before school for eligible dairy farming families.
Eligible families that have already paid kindergarten fees for 2016 can seek reimbursement or offset, where appropriate from their local kindergarten service for some or all of their fees
Contact your local kindergarten or contact firstname.lastname@example.org