Budget delivers $99.4m for farm households

14 May, 2013 07:45 PM
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THE federal budget has delivered a new $99.4 million Farm Household Allowance as part of the National Drought Program Reform.

Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig said the Farm Household Allowance is part of the government’s agricultural plan to prepare farmers for future challenges.

“Under the existing system of Exceptional Circumstances support, assistance has been provided based on lines drawn on a map, rather than on the needs of the primary producers experiencing drought,” Senator Ludwig said.

“The Farm Household Allowance will deliver support for farming families when they need it.”

Eligible farmers and their partners will be able to access the allowance for up to three years, paid fortnightly at a rate equivalent to the Newstart Allowance.

The Farm Household Allowance will be provided from July 1, 2014 to farmers in hardship, to replace the Exceptional Circumstances (EC) Relief Payment and Transitional Farm Family Payment.

“Farmers are on the frontline against climate variability and the national drought reform package is focused on preparing farmers before drought with the tools and skills they need to emerge from it," Senator Ludwig said.

The National Drought Program Reform includes:

  • Farm Household Allowance, with case managers to help recipients identify pathways to improve their situations;
  • taxation measures including the Farm Management Deposits Scheme;
  • co-ordinated social support services, and
  • tools and technologies to inform farm decision-making.

    “These measures deliver important, long-term reform for Australia’s agricultural sector and are designed to deliver greater productivity,” Minister Ludwig said.

  • More information about the drought reform package is on the DAFF website.
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    READER COMMENTS

    Tony
    14/05/2013 8:57:52 PM

    The drought is a reminder that the rains do not always come. There is a message here for farmers/grazers in the east, we have been spoilt in recent years.
    get real
    14/05/2013 11:11:34 PM

    Yup and this is what the ABC gets...what a joke $2.5bn funding for the ABC, including an additional $129.4m over 5 years for quality programming and a $90m loan for a new office in Melbourne.
    Rankamateur
    15/05/2013 6:57:25 AM

    Any one else but me notice the typo, this 2013, not 2014, there are still 411 days to go until this safety ney kicks in, that is over 1200 meals for a mother in drought stricken western Queensland to put on the table before this is any help, she and her family will be getting fairly thin on it by then, good onya Joe!
    Dirty Redneck
    15/05/2013 9:10:14 AM

    A totally predictable outcome, $99 million for the hard working people that feed us and 3 billion for the people that brainwash us. What else would we have ever expected?
    Bushie Bill
    15/05/2013 9:32:37 AM

    Yeah Dirts, how stupid are these people! How many times do we have to tell them we agrarian socialists are entitled to truck-loads of other people's money? Don't they understand we are the chosen people? It is our god-given right to demand the world pay for our chosen lifestyles. Why are these dumboes resisting a logic which is so obvious?
    Dirty Redneck
    15/05/2013 12:03:49 PM

    I don't know one farmer Bushie that thinks its their God given right to demand the world pay them! I don't mind if we go down your path as long as there is NO handouts in the way of taxpayer's money to anyone else at all. No social security payments at all. No donations to car manufactures or any other industries to help prop them up at all. No foreign aid at all. No compensation or payments to anyone including all asylum seekers. We could save billions in taxes and consequently cut taxes for everyone. We could cut the GST to 1%. Get rid of a raft of other taxes and Govt bureaucrats.
    Blessy me we are so lucky.
    15/05/2013 1:26:52 PM

    Farm household allowance+case managers. How much is eaten by the case managers. Recipients identify pathways to improve their situations, this seems to be clear. Let's start the boats and let's stop the boats, unfortunately our socialist government has been a little mixed up.
    Jacky
    15/05/2013 2:13:50 PM

    Will putting landholders on the dole improve their/their enterprise's sustainability?
    Percy
    16/05/2013 12:15:05 AM

    Not likely to happen because on September 14 Swan like many other politicians will be "pensioned off" and these plans are out the window. However the idea is good as this would take the pressure off a farmer's family. Not hard to lose a couple hundred thousand dollars during a drought so dole will not make recipients rich. Preparations are better but these cost money that farmers do not currently have. Hopefully whatever Government takes charge after the election will create a better trading environment and heal relations with our trading partners around the world.
    THE FARMER
    16/05/2013 12:22:05 PM

    So Bill, is it the god-less given rights of the union hacks at the car plants for all of us to support them in lifestyles?

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