To re-cap measures, on 30 July 2018 the NSW Government announced a $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package to help farmers manage the effects of the current drought.
Drought Transport Subsidy
A transport subsidy of $20,000 per eligible farm business per year equating to up to $30,000 over 18 months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019. The subsidy is back-dated so farmers can apply it for freight expenses incurred since 1 January 2018. It covers 50% of the full cost of freight up to a maximum of $5 per kilometre and 1,500 kilometres per journey.
Waiver of NSW Land Local Services rates
All LLS rates, including General Rates and Rates for Animal Health and Pests, the Meat Industry Levy, and costs of Routine Stock Moving Permit and Stock Identification will be waived for 2019. Contact Local Land Services for more information on 1300 795 299.
Rebate on fixed charges for water licences
A rebate of up to $4,000 per licence will apply to the fixed component of bills for general security licence holders (and supplementary water access licence holders) in rural and regional NSW across surface and ground water systems, and to customers of irrigation Corporation Districts (ICDs) for water entitlement costs incurred. Contact Water NSW for more information on 1300 662 077.
Waiver of Class 1 agricultural vehicle registration
Class 1 agricultural vehicles will be exempt from the next annual registration charge.
Waiver of Farm Innovation Fund Interest charges
All existing Farm Innovation Fund customers, and all applicants who submitted an application on or before 30 July 2018, will have applicable interest charges for the 2017/2018 financial year and 2018/2019 financial year refunded and waived.