Drought Assistance Fund

The NSW Government is offering a one-off $50,000 interest-free loan to primary producers to implement systems and management practices that enhance the sustainability of their farm business. The loan term is seven years and there are no repayments required in the first two years. This loan will fund:

  • transport of stock, fodder and water
  • genetic banking of breeding herds
  • installing of on-farm fodder and water infrastructure


The application process

Find out what you can claim
What you will need
Apply online or manually
Claim invoice payment
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The Drought Assistance Fund is available to farmers in NSW who own and operate a farm business, for activities that demonstrate an enterprise or natural resource sustainability benefit. Download the Guidelines (PDF, 59.12 KB) for full details of eligibility (sections 3-4) and what you can claim (section 5).

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

  • Most recent Local Land Service (LLS) rates notice
  • Proof of income (Most recent Taxation Returns for your Farm enterprise. Include individual Taxation Returns and a current listing of all Assets & Liabilities held by each: Individual members of a Partnership/ Family Trust and/or Individual Director(s)/Shareholder(s) of all Companies))
  • Monthly Cash Flow Budget for the next 12 months

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

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.

Claim online

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

  • All relevant tax invoices
  • Owner carrier, copies of:
    • Vehicle registration papers
    • Log book entries

Claim with a manual form

Download and complete the Authority to Pay form and submit this form with your invoices.

If you have more questions about the Drought Assistance Fund please contact the RAA on 1800 678 593.

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