August, 2018|Media Releases

Drought Support Information

The Council of RDCs and the RDC community have prepared the following support information for the agricultural sector during the drought. Be assured that, apart from these current initiatives, the RDCs continue to invest in long term drought mitigation research and development.

However, we appreciate that you might need help now and that is why we are providing this package of information. It includes sections on farmer health, financial assistance and drought management.

If you are unsure about where to look for support or assistance please email the Council at and we will respond within 24 hours.

Farmer health

Your health is of prime importance and assistance can be found through the following:

In addition, Rural Aid was founded in 2015 to provide a central point of focus for rural communities who require assistance. They operate nationally and there is more information at:

Financial assistance

There is a range of support services at both federal and state/territory levels. The links are:

Centrelink – farm household allowance

Drought loans through the Regional Investment Corporation New South Wales

New South Wales

Rural Assistance Authority (NSW RAA) – 1800 678 593 –

Rural Financial Counselling Service


Rural Finance – 1800 260 425

Rural Financial Counselling Service

Western Australia

Rural Business Development Corporation (RBDC) – 1800 198 231 – 

Rural Financial Counselling Service


Rural and Industry Development Authority – 1800 623 946 –

Rural Financial Counselling Service

South Australia

Rural Financial Counselling Service – 1800 836 211

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia


State Growth – 1800 030 688 –

Rural Financial Counselling Service

Drought management

A number of the RDCs have specific drought advice and these are listed, with links below:

Australian Wool Innovation has a range of drought planning, management and recovery resources available for woolgrowers going into, enduring and recovering from drought.

Meat and Livestock Australia provides below a comprehensive link to drought and support services from a national and state/territories perspective.

With even more information at:

Dairy Australia has comprehensive Feed Shortage campaign resources in direct response to the current situation:


If you are unsure of who to contact then send an email to and we will respond within 24 hours.