Drought Assistance Fund

The NSW Government is offering interest-free loans 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:

  • the transport of stock, fodder and water
  • genetic banking of breeding herds
  • installation of on-farm fodder and water infrastructure
  • activities that promote profitability and resilience as a result of the on-farm investment


We recommend using Google Chrome browser to complete all online forms.

The application process

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What you will need
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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:

  • Signed Mortgagees Consent Form from your existing mortgagee (download a Mortgagees Consent Form PDF, 328.18 KB)
  • 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))
  • Trust Deed (if applicable)
  • Monthly Cash Flow Budget for the next 12 months

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.

You will need:

  • BP reference number
  • ABN number
  • Case number from original application
  • Invoices

If you have more questions about the Drought Assistance Fund please contact the RAA on 1800 678 593 or email rural.assist@raa.nsw.gov.au.

View the Drought Assistance Fund Factsheet (PDF, 470.43 KB)

Q1. Can I claim for the transport of fodder/water from interstate?

Yes, the cartage of fodder/water can be from the closest practical available source.

Q2. Can I claim if I am an owner carrier?

Yes, you are eligible. Copies of vehicle registration papers and log book entries are to be provided when claiming for payment after approval has been received.

Q3. Can the fund be used for the purchase of water and/or fodder?

Yes, applications received in the 2019/20 financial year can utilise funding for the purchase of water and fodder.

Q4. Is fencing of a drought lot eligible under the Drought Assistance Fund?

Yes, fencing of a drought lot is eligible to be funded by the Drought Assistance Fund. Fencing off a dam or water supply for animal welfare purposes can also be funded.

Q5. Can weather stations and probes be funded using Drought Assistance Fund?

No, however this is eligible under the Farm Innovation Fund loan.

Q6. Can a mixer and feeder be funded using Drought Assistance Fund?

Yes, purchase of a mixer and feeder is eligible to be funded by the Drought Assistance Fund.

Q7. Am I eligible to apply for the NSW Drought Assistance Fund if I lease the property?

Yes, please provide a copy of your lease agreement with your application. You are required to provide security for your loan, so this could be a property held in your name, a third party’s property, or a floating charge registered over your business.

Q8. I have already applied for the Drought Assistance Fund, am I still able to access funds under this new scheme?

Yes, applicants that have received a loan in the 2018/19 financial year can apply for an additional loan of up to $50,000 in the 2019/20 financial year.

Q9. What genetic material can I bank?

The fund is available for livestock genetic material only.

Q10. Is my super fund eligible to apply for the loan?

No, to be eligible you must be registered with the ATO as a business, partnership or sole trader.

Drought Assistance Funding
Total = $200,000,000

Funds approved


Remaining funding

Funds allocated as at: 10 May 2021
* Rounding may mean subtotals are less than grand total