COVID-19 UPDATE -
Many businesses have been impacted by COVID-19, including farmers and fishers. RAA customers are encouraged to contact us to discuss available hardship options. Get in touch by 1800 678 593 or email rural.assist@raa.nsw.gov.au. Please be aware that due to network congestion, some calls are not connecting. Please try the email in this case.
Special Disaster Bushfire program applications extended -
Applications for the Special Disaster grants and loans have been extended and are open until 15 December 2020. Eligible farmers who have not accessed the scheme are encouraged to apply.
Drought Transport Subsidy Round 2 invoices -
Round 2 of the NSW Government’s Drought Transport Subsidy program closed on 30 June 2020. Invoices for funding under Round 2 must be submitted to the Rural Assistance Authority by Wednesday, 30 September for processing.

Commonwealth Government’s EWIR Scheme

An update on the Commonwealth Government’s Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) Scheme:

There has been an unprecedented demand for the EWIR  program which has seen available funding exhausted.

This week the Commonwealth Government has advised the NSW Government that there is no available funding and the scheme is now closed to new applicants.

The NSW Government has urgently requested the Commonwealth reconsider additional funding for this program, however as stated in the guidelines for the program, the availability of rebates is subject to funds being available and no rebates can be offered beyond the allocated funding.

As a result the RAA is obligated to close the program. As funding negotiations continue, we will continue to update the website as more information is available.

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How the RAA helped Jack prepare his business for challenging conditions

Jack Wright near Cowra talks about the Farm Innovation Fund and how it has improved his enterprise.

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