Hardship and Financial Support

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A range of support and resources are available for the Tasmanian farming communities impacted by the current dry and drought conditions:

Program or scheme


​Mainland Tasmania Livestock producers Seasonal Conditions Scheme​

One-off payment

​This scheme will provide one-off payments of up to $5,000 to eligible farm businesses.

The ​program​ guidelines are available on the Business Tasm​ania​​ website. 

For more help and information please contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or ask@business.tas.gov.au​.

Opening date:  3pm, Friday, 5 April 2024
Closing date:  11pm ​​Saturday 31 August 2024, or until program funding is exhausted, whichever occurs the earliest.

King and Flinders Islands Primary Producers - Seasonal Conditions Scheme​
One-off payment
​To provide relief to primary producers on both King and Flinders Islands due to the dry conditions, the Tasmanian Government is offering a one-off payment up to $20,000 for eligible producers through the King and Flinders Islands Primary Producers - Seasonal Conditions Scheme. The Scheme has been extended until

11pm ​31 August 2024.

More information is available on the Department of State Growth website.

Farm househo​​ld allowance​

Income support

​There is a national farm household allowance​ payment. More information is available on the Federal Governments agriculture website.

​​The Rural Relief Fund

One-off payment

The Rural Relief Fund has grants available of up to $2,500 per household which is available across Tasmanian agricultural sectors for rural families experiencing hardship due to drought or extreme unseasonably dry conditions.​

​Farm mana​​gement deposits and tax


​The following Australian Taxation Office (ATO) links will help you find out about tax concessions that can be accessed by primary producers:

​Irrigation concessiona​​​l arrangement guidelines


​There is information about this policy on the TasNetworks Connections Pricing web page.​

If you need more information about new connections contact TasNetworks​ or phone 1300 12 7777 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

​Rural financial counselling​​​


​​As part of the national Rural Financial Counselling Program, Rural Financial Counselling Service Tasmania provides confidential and independent counsel to primary producers, fishermen and small rural business that are suffering financial hardship.

For further information visit the RFCST webpage or contact them on 1300 883 276.

​​​​​​Farm business loans

Lending and loans

​A loan scheme with concessional rates that can be applied for at any time. Diversify your markets, prepare for, manage through or recover from drought. Visit Regional​ Investment Corporation​​ for details.

Farmers requiring immediate advice and support can ​contact: 

  • Rural Financial Counselling Service provided by Rural Business Tasmania on 1300 883 276

  • Department of Human Services Farmer Assistance Hotline on 132 316, 

  • ATO Drought Assistance line on 13 11 42 (Option 3) 

  • Tasmanian Department of State Growth on 1800 440 026

​AgriGr​​owth Loan Scheme - including yo​ung farmer support package

Lending and loans

​​The AgriGrowth Loan Scheme provides low interest loans to Tasmanian farm businesses and agri-food businesses. 

The Loan scheme will provide loans ranging from $100,000 to $3 million to fund projects that otherwise could not be brought forward and/or financed under normal banking arrangements.

​Visit Department of State Growth for eligibility and guidelines.​



PO Box 46,
Kings Meadows, TAS, 7249.