Ahead of the NSW state election on 25 March 2023, the NSW Government caretaker period has commenced. Limited updates will be made to this website during this period.
The NSW and Australian governments are committed to providing ongoing support for regional communities impacted by the latest flood events, which in some areas began on 4 August 2022 and for others began on 14 September 2022 (these disaster events are also referred to as AGRN 1030 and AGRN 1034).
Grants of up to $10,000 are now available for landholders and oyster farmers in disaster-declared local government areas (LGAs) who receive at least $20,000 in income from primary production per annum and do not qualify for support through existing recovery programs, such as the primary producer Special Disaster Grant.
Those interested in applying are encouraged not to self-assess and should consult with a Rural Financial Counsellor or submit an application so the RAA can determine eligibility.
To find out if you are eligible view the LGAs affected and the Guidelines below:
|Eligible Disaster||Declaration Date||Disaster recovery grants available in Local Government Areas||Closing date for applications||Closing date for claims|
|AGRN 1034 NSW Flooding from 14 September 2022 onwards||23 December 2022||Wingecarribee||30 June 2023||5 June 2024|
|AGRN 1034 NSW Flooding from 14 September 2022 onwards||22 November 2022||Eurobodalla, Inverell, Orange, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Wentworth||30 June 2023||5 June 2024|
|AGRN 1034 NSW Flooding from 14 September 2022 onwards||18 November 2022||Albury, Balranald, Bathurst, Bega Valley, Berrigan, Bland, Blayney, Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cabonne, Carrathool, Central Coast, Central Darling, Cobar, Coolamon, Coonamble, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Cowra, Dubbo, Edward River, Federation, Forbes, Gilgandra, Glen Innes Severn, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Greater Hume, Griffith, Gunnedah, Gwydir, Hay, Hawkesbury, Hilltops, Junee, Kyogle, Lachlan, Leeton, Lismore, Lithgow, Liverpool Plains, Lockhart, Mid-Western, Moree Plains, Muswellbrook, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Nambucca Valley, Narrabri, Narrandera, Narromine, Oberon, Parkes, Richmond Valley, Shoalhaven, Shellharbour, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Tamworth, Temora, Unicorporated Area, Upper Hunter, Upper Lachlan, Uralla, Wagga Wagga, Walcha, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle & Weddin, Yass Valley.||30 June 2023||5 June 2024|
|AGRN 1030 NSW Flooding 4 August 2022||18 November 2022||Albury, Bland, Cabonne, Carrathool, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Dubbo, Forbes, Gilgandra, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Griffith, Gunnedah, Hilltops, Junee, Leeton, Liverpool Plains, Moree Plains, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Narromine, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Temora, Wagga Wagga, Warren, Warrumbungle, Weddin, Yass Valley.||30 June 2023||5 June 2024|
We recommend you use the Google Chrome browser when applying.
Eligible landholders and oyster farmers impacted by flood events that occurred from August 2022 (AGRN 1030) and September 2022 onwards (AGRN 1034) who are not eligible for existing flood support programs (primary producer Special Disaster Grants) may apply for a Rural Landholder Grant to support recovery.
You should read the program guidelines before lodging an application.
Download the program guidelines here:
Program Guidelines - Rural Landholder Grant for AGRNs 1030 & 1034 (PDF, 1493.05 KB)
Applicants will need to complete the online application form and attach a copy of the following documentation:
Ensure that your documents are scanned individually as they will need to be uploaded to specific sections throughout the form. Please note that the online form has file size restrictions (approx. 20MB total). For each attachment please ensure the file size is 2.5MB or less to avoid submission issues.
If you have previously submitted tax returns to the NSW RAA for the financial year 2020/2021 or more recently, you will not need to provide further information. If we do not have your previous financial information, we will seek your permission to contact your accountant directly if this is easiest for you.
The online application form has been designed to make the process as simple as possible. You will be required to upload digital copies of supporting documentation (please refer to the 'What you will need section') so please have these ready before commencing your application.
It is recommended that you await the outcome of your application before submitting invoices. Once your application has been assessed an assessment officer will advise you of the process with your upfront payment and how to verify this later when you need to claim more funds.
You will need:
*Note that the RAA can ask for proof of payment (receipts, bank statements) against invoices, either at the point of submitting a claim, or at audit.
The RAA understands that you may have been impacted by a number of declared disaster events over the past 18 months and that allocating a claim (i.e. an invoice) to any one of these events may be difficult, or in some instances may not be possible. We ask that you use your best endeavours to ensure proper record keeping and can work with you to ensure the process of lodging your claim is as easy as possible.
If you are unsure at any stage of the process as to how to complete the online claim form, please use this Example Claims Request Form (PDF, 1324.16 KB).
If you have difficulty understanding the guidelines or completing the application form you should seek the assistance of your rural/financial counsellor, business advisor, accountant or a trusted family member/friend.
Rural Financial Counselling Service
Free confidential assistance is available from your local Rural Financial Counselling Service - you can find your local service here:
Rural Financial Counselling Service.
Rural Recovery Support Service
The Rural Recovery Support Service is managed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), to provide assistance to rural landholders and primary producers who have been impacted by the recent floods. DPI Recovery Workers are a single point of contact, providing information and referrals to support you on your recovery journey.
If you need assistance with interpreting or translating, please contact Multicultural NSW on 1300 651 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.