Media Release

Funds are getting to farmers

Joint media release

The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP
Minister for Agriculture

Senator the Hon. Marise Payne
Minister for Human Services


3 September 2014

Over 2700 farmers and their families are receiving much needed financial assistance from the Government.

Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, and Human Services Minister, Marise Payne, today rejected claims farmers experiencing hardship have not been able to access the new Farm Household Allowance.

Minister Payne said hundreds of claims for the Farm Household Allowance have already been granted, giving farmers access to much needed funds.

“Since the Farm Household Allowance began on 1 July 2014 nearly 800 claims have been granted,” Minister Payne said.

“This is in addition to the payments going to farm families under the Interim Farm Household Allowance.”

Minister Joyce said under the previous government’s old Transitional Farm Family Payment Scheme less than 500 farm families were receiving income support.

“The government’s assistance package is allowing many more families—including those dealing with drought—to cope with financial pressures while they get back on their feet,” Minister Joyce said.

“The government has also increased the support available to help farmers access this assistance. This includes Farm Household Case Officers, Drought Coordinators, Rural Financial Counsellors and the Department of Human Services’ Mobile Service Centres.”

Any farmer who has concerns about their claim, or is thinking about making a claim should contact the Department of Human Services on the Farmer Assistance Hotline 132 316.

For more information on the Farm Household Allowance visit www.humanservices.gov.au/rural.