Support services directory

Page last updated: Thursday, 19 December 2019 - 2:47pm

A range of Federal and State assistance measures are in place to support farmers and pastoralists experiencing hardship, as a result of seasonal pressures.

The Support services directory harnesses a range of financial, water and wellbeing support, as well as links to Regional Counselling Services and 24/7 crisis care.

Western Australia does not have a drought declaration system so no formal declaration needs to be made to access these services.

The Federal Government’s National Drought Policy and National Drought Agreement aims to build resilience to climate variability and dry season pressures, specifically through bolstering risk management practices and enhancing long-term preparedness.



Farm Hub

A website that harnesses information about Commonwealth and State/Territory assistance (includes Drought Loans, Farm Investment Loans, Farm Household Allowance)


Farm Household Allowance

Assists farming families experiencing financial hardship with income to maintain their household

13?23?16 or 1800?612?004

Drought Loans &

Farm Investment Loans

Low interest loans for businesses to improve the strength, resilience and profitability? of their businesses (provided by the Regional Investment Corporation)


Rural Financial Counselling Service WA

Free financial counselling service to assist primary producers


Farm Debt Mediation Scheme

Assists farm and pastoral businesses and financial institutions to resolve disputes about business financial arrangements, through a low cost and non-legal form of mediation


Farmer Assistance Hotline

Income support programs for farmers and rural small businesses


CWA of WA Drought Assistance

Funds for household expenses



National On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

Rebates of 25% up to a maximum of $25?000 for the purchase and installation of new water infrastructure and equipment to eligible commercial livestock farmers and pastoralists


Community Water Supply Program?(agricultural regions)

Grants of up to $100?000 available for community water supply development and improvements in dryland agricultural areas receiving <600mm average annual rainfall


Management of Strategic Community Water Supplie?(agricultural regions)

Network of strategic community water supplies in WA dryland agricultural areas to provide emergency stock water


Water Deficiency Declaration?(agricultural regions)

Emergency water for livestock provided by the State government carted to a central point, coordinated via local shires


Farm Water Supply Planning Scheme?(agricultural and pastoral regions)

Rebates of up to $1000 for commercial broadacre and pastoral farmers experiencing water shortages to fund an audit of farm water supply and potential improvements




24–hour crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services


Regional Counselling Services

Counselling for individuals, couples and families experiencing challenges to help them cope, improve wellbeing and identify options

Click here for local counselling services

Regional Men’s Health Initiative

Provides support and education services to regional men, communities and health services

9690?2277 (office hours)

Women’s Information Service

Provides information and referrals regarding health, finances, legal matters, counselling and domestic crisis



Western Australia’s rural health, financial & information services support directory

Contacts for a range of 24 hour support, financial and family counselling, health, emergency and ancillary services


Grant funding opportunity to manage pest animals and weeds

The Australian Government is inviting local councils via a restricted competitive process to apply to deliver projects under the Communities Combating Pests and Weed Impacts During Drought Program - Biosecurity Management of Pests and Weeds - Round 2 in selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 2019–2021.



1800 020 283


Rick Bryant