Natural Disaster Relief Scheme
To support relief and recovery following a declared Natural Disaster a range of measures are made available by the NSW Government. These measures include low interest rate loans to primary producers, small businesses, non-profit organisations and sporting clubs and transport assistance for primary producers.
Additional assistance in the form of Recovery Grants may also be made available following extreme and widespread disaster events.
To report damage following a severe weather event Primary Producers are encouraged to contact their closest Local Land Services (LLS) office or telephone on 1300 795 299.
For details of the current flood situation and other assistance available please visit the Department of Primary Industries website.
The NSW Rural Assistance Authority administers the loan scheme. Inquiries should be directed to the Authority on 1800 678 593.
Churches and voluntary non-profit organisations
Loan assistance is available to churches and voluntary non-profit organisations for the restoration of essential facilities that have been damaged or destroyed. Eligible groups will usually perform a service for the community or environment and are funded by grants or donations.
Non-profit organisations that perform a commercial function, charge a fee for a service or represent commercial or industrial groups, e.g. industry bodies are not eligible for assistance. As with other schemes, assistance is only available to those organisations which do not have the financial capacity to meet restorations costs from their own resources, insurance and are unable to obtain assistance through normal channels. Advances are subject to a maximum of $25,000 at a concessional interest rate per annum.