What is the Emergency Bushfire Primary Industries Grant?
The Emergency Bushfire Primary Industries Grant is a program that provides bushfire-affected primary producers in eligible local government areas with funding to help with clean-up and immediate restoration costs.
The Emergency Bushfire Primary Industries Grant program is a jointly funded measure between the Commonwealth and Victorian State Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
The support is available to bushfire affected primary producers in the local government areas of Ararat, Alpine, Ballarat, Campaspe, East Gippsland, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Greater Bendigo, Indigo, Mansfield, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, Wellington and Wodonga, and the alpine areas of Falls Creek, Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Mount Stirling.
A number of changes were made to the Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries Grant in July 2020 including:
- Removing the off-farm income threshold test for those farmers whose income is less than 50 per cent due to drought or who are still in the early phases of building up their businesses.
- Allowing the ‘primary production’ business income to come from primary production and/or production of goods from primary production (e.g. wine grown from grapes grown on your property)
- Extending the timeframe for reaching the 50% income threshold from three to eight years
- Removing the requirement to be registered for GST.
The maximum grant per affected property under this program is $75,000.
The grant can go towards:
- equipment and materials used in clean-ups
- additional labour costs
- disposing of damaged goods and injured or dead livestock
- repairs to buildings (other than housing)
- fencing repairs
- replacing or repairing essential equipment
- salvaging crops
- treating livestock, poultry and aquaculture species
- buying fodder, grain and feeds for livestock and poultry
- purchasing or hiring equipment used to immediately resume business
- replacing essential water used for firefighting
- water cartage
- safety inspections
To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must:
- be a primary producer (as defined in section 7 of the guideliens); and
- earn more than 50 per cent of their total income, from primary production; and
- spend part of their labour on primary production; and
- have a primary production enterprise located in the defined area for the eligible disaster that has suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster; and
- have been carrying on that business at the time of the disaster; and
- hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the disaster; and
- intend to re-establish the primary production enterprise; and have lodged an application by 31 January 2021.
Applications close 31 December 2020.