Bushfire Recovery And Assistance

Special Disaster Grant for Primary Producers

The Special Disaster Grant is available to Primary Producers to help pay for costs of clean-up and other emergency measures including disposing of dead stock, and rebuilding or replacing damaged or destroyed on-farm infrastructure. 

The fund can be used for:

  • Hiring, leasing or purchase of equipment and/or materials to undertake clean-up
  • Reconditioning/repairing essential plan and equipment
  • Salvaging crops, grain, feed, fertiliser and timber
  • Health assessment, treatment and maintenance for livestock, poultry and aquaculture species
  •  Purchase of fodder, grain, and feeds for livestock and poultry and supplementary pollen or pollen substitute
  • Replacement of essential water used for firefighting purposes

Are you eligible

  • Be a primary producer
  • Your enterprise must be located in a defined area that has suffered direct damage 
  • Intend to re-establish the primary primary production enterprise 


Your local Rural Financial Counsellor can assist with your bushfire recovery plans.

Natural Disaster Transport Subsidy

This subsidy covers 50% of the total freight costs to a maximum of $15,000 per enterprise per financial year associated with transporting fodder for stock, stock to and from agistment, stock to sale/slaughter, stock drinking water and domestic water.

Are you eligible

  • Be a primary producer
  • 50% of gross income is from the primary production enterprise under normal seasonal circumstances 
  • You do not have gross off-farm assets exceeding $5,000,000
  • Your enterprise is located within an eligible area 


Call RFCSCR to discuss your eligibility and information needed with your application.

Special Disaster Loan

Eligible primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profits in LGAs affected by bushfires that have occurred since 31 August 2019 can now access special disaster loans of up to $500,000. There are two types of low interest loans available:

The Bushfire Working Capital Loan of up to $50,000 over five years with a two year interest free and repayment free period.

The Bushfire Recovery Loan of up to $500,000 over ten years, with a two year interest and payment free period.


Smoke Taint Recovery Grant

Wine grape producers in smoke-impacted wine regions can soon access up to $10,000 to support their recovery efforts.

Worth $5 million, this grants program targets businesses not currently activated for the $75,000 primary producer grants. Grants may be used to cover salaries, rent, wages, utilities, equipment, fuel, business development, building resiliency and/or financial advice.


Apple Grower Grant

Bushfire-impacted apple growers will soon have access to a $31 million grants program to help progress their recovery efforts.

Grants of up to $120,000 per hectare will be available to eligible growers. They can be used to:

  • replace stock, damaged irrigation infrastructure, poles, trellises, and netting
  • clean-up damaged infrastructure or undertake site preparation not funded through other programs.


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