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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

Check if you are eligible
Find out what you can claim
Collect relevant paperwork
Apply online or manually
Once approved claim online or manually
Need help?


The Drought Assistance Fund is available to farmers in NSW who own and operate a farm business. Download the subsidy guidelines (PDF, 66.36 KB) for full details of eligibility (section 3-4).

The Drought Assistance Fund is available for activities that demonstrate an enterprise or natural resource sustainability benefit. Download the guidelines (PDF, 66.36 KB) for full details of what can be claimed (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.

Claiming with a manual form

Download and complete the Authority to Pay (PDF, 99.59 KB). Send both your Application and Authority to Pay form to the NSW RAA:


Post: Locked Bag 23, Orange NSW 2800

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

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.