Farmers can find out what drought assistance is available with new online resources that were developed in partnership with the National Farmers’ Federation.
A FarmHub website was launched late last month with details about assistance with fodder, water, transport, everyday living expenses and health.
Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said FarmHub brought together the services of the Commonwealth, states, councils and charities.
“This will tell farmers what assistance is available for them without any mucking around,” Mr Littleproud said.
“It will show what fodder, water, transport and living expense assistance is available at an individual farm, as well as mental and physical health services.”
Mr Littleproud also launched the National Drought Map to help coordinate the drought response so governments, business and communities can make informed decisions.
The drought map contains information such as rainfall, soil moisture, available government assistance, numbers of farm businesses, agricultural regions and employment by industries.
“The National Drought Map is a clear and precise picture of conditions and the drought response across Australia,” Mr Littleproud said.
“This will help us to be flexible and responsive to the drought when conditions change.”
Both FarmHub and the Drought Map are dynamic sites that will develop over time.
Farmers can visit farmhub.org.au and type in their location to find help available.
The National Drought Map is available at map.drought.gov.au.
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