Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy

Up to $40,000 is available from Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy to help drought affected farm businesses for the transport of fodder, water and / or stock.


Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy

The Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy provides drought affected farmers in NSW with subsidies for the transport of fodder, water and stock.



The compounding nature of drought means the Government needs to be agile in the measures it takes to support the state’s farmers.

The NSW Government has always supported transport subsidies for animal welfare. These new emergency measures recognise the incredibly dry start to the year, and the forecasts for little relief in the coming months.

Accordingly, these new transport subsidies have a broader application than just freight for fodder. These measures can also be applied to transporting stock to and from agistment, to sale or slaughter, as well as transporting water for stock.

These measures incentivise the State’s farmers to make whichever decisions are best for them at the time, based on their personal circumstances.



The NSW Government is offering a transport subsidy of up to $40,000 per eligible farm business over 18 months from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019.

The subsidy can be applied for the cost of transporting fodder, water to a property for stock or domestic use, stock to and from agistment, and stock to sale or slaughter. The subsidy covers up to 50% of the full cost of freight up to a maximum of $5 per kilometre and 1,500 kilometres per journey.


Eligible Projects

The Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy may be used to:

  • transport stock to and from agistment
  • transport stock to sale or slaughter
  • transport fodder or water to stock on drought affected properties.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy, you must:

  • be the owner and operator of a farm business in NSW, negatively impacted by drought conditions
  • earn more than 50% of your gross income from the farm business under normal seasonal circumstances
  • be operating as a sole trader, trust or private company, trading agricultural products
  • be registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a primary producer and have an ABN
  • not have gross off-farm assets exceeding $1 million (excluding funds in a registered superannuation fund).



Applications close 30 June 2019.


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