The Australian Government will provide $30M to drought-affected households through the Drought Community Support Initiative. This financial assistance is now available for eligible recipients. Support under the initiative consists of up to $3,000 per household, comprising up to $2,000 in cash and $1,000 in vouchers. Farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought in the 81 eligible Local Government Areas under the Drought Communities Program Extension can receive this assistance.

The Government has engaged the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service to deliver the initiative. Households should contact these organisations directly to access financial support and further information: 
The Salvation Army
24 hour hotline: 1300 551 030
Website: salvos.org.au/drought 
St Vincent de Paul Society
Hotline: 13 18 12 
Website: vinnies.org.au
Rotary Australia World Community Service
Website: rawcs.org.au

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact A/g Director of the Drought Taskforce at the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, Hannah Wandel on hannah.wandel@infrastructure.gov.au or call 02 6274 7483/0439 011 739