On 26 October 2018, the Australian Government announced it would provide $30 million in much-needed support to drought-affected families through the Drought Community Support Initiative. This will provide up to $3,000 in assistance to at least 10,000 households in 81 Local Government Areas eligible under the Drought Communities Programme Extension.

The funding is now available for farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought. It can be used to spend in local communities or to cover urgent bills such as food, petrol and utilities. The $3,000 per household can consist of up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers.

The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service have been engaged to deliver the assistance. Eligible households should reach out to these organisations directly to seek financial support (details below).

The Salvation Army
24 hour hotline: 1300 551 030
(02) 5776 0220

Website: salvos.org.au/drought

St Vincent de Paul
Hotline: 13 18 12
Website: vinnies.org.au

Website: rawcs.org.au


Charities and community organisations are providing much needed support to rural communities. Contact a local charity representative about accessing vouchers for food and basic living needs, feed for livestock, or other support.

Country Women’s Association (CWA)
Website: www.cwaa.org.au

Phone: 0459 444 111
Website: www.needforfeed.org

Red Cross
Website: www.redcross.org.au

Phone: 02 9887 4144
Website: www.foodbank.org.au

Open Date:   Tue 01/01/2019

Close Date:   Sun 30/06/2019