Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy

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.

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The Drought Transport Subsidy is available to farmers in NSW who own and operate a farm business and can be applied to; 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. Download the Guidelines (PDF, 249.28 KB) for full details of eligibility (sections 3-4) and what you can claim (sections 5 -9).

To receive payment, you will need your bank account details.

For each claim you need a scanned copy of the following documents:

  • Most recent Local Land Service (LLS) rates notice
  • Tax Invoice for each movement

And, for private vehicles only:

  • Vehicle registration papers
  • Log book entries
  • Travelling stock statement

The online application form has been designed to make the process as simple as possible. We recommend that you have all scanned documents ready to upload before starting the process. We recommend that you use the Google Chrome browser.

If you prefer to download a hard copy of the form, download the manual form and all attachments relevant to the transport costs you are claiming.

If you have more questions about the Emergency Drought Transport subsidy scheme, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593.

NSW Government staff are available across the state to assist you to lodge the Drought Transport Subsidy forms. Visit the Assistance Near You map, search your postcode and find a participating office in your area. Please call to make an appointment as not all offices are attended during normal business hours.

Visit Drought Hub for more information on the full range of drought assistance available to NSW farmers.