Up to $15,000 is available from Natural Disaster Transport Subsidy to help eligible farmers who are affected by a declared natural disaster event.
Natural Disaster Transport Subsidy
The Natural Disaster Transport Subsidy provides NSW farmers who have been impacted by a declared disaster, with subsidies for the transport of fodder, water and stock.
The Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) enable the Commonwealth and NSW Governments to provide assistance in the event of declared Natural Disasters.
The NDRRA defines a natural disaster as one or a combination of the following rapid onset events:
- storm surge
- meteorite strike, or
This means that Drought is not included in the NDRRA however there are some other options for transport assistance available from the RAA including a transport loan through the Drought Assistance Fund and a transport subsidy for Animal Welfare.
Subsidies of up to 50% of the total freight costs to a maximum of $15,000 per farm enterprise per financial year. The $15,000 is counted within a financial year from the date when the payment is made to the applicant.
Subsidies may be used to:
- transport of fodder for stock (including bees) to properties
- transport of stock (including bees) to agistment
- returning stock (including bees) from agistment
- transport of stock to sale or slaughter
- transport of stock drinking water
- transport of domestic water
To be eligible for assistance you must demonstrate that:
- You are the owner and/or operator (eg. Lessee) of a farm business in NSW;
- The business operates as a sole trader, partnership, trust or private company and trades agricultural products;
- The business is registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a primary producer, and have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Your primary production business is located within an eligible area as defined in the list of Declared Natural Disasters (list available on the NSW Rural Assistance Authority website).
Applications may be made after the declaration of an eligible disaster.