The South Australian Government is offering a range of drought assistance to support eligible primary producers to assist with farm business related costs. This includes a rebate for South Australian Council (Local Government) Rates. The South Australian Council Rebate Scheme provides funding to eligible applicants to access a rebate of up to 50% (and no more than $7,500/financial year) of ordinary council rates. Eligible applicants can access the rebate for each of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 financial years.
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The South Australian Drought Support Program includes the following initiatives:
- Immediate financial relief by offering a 50% rebate for council rates or pastoral lease rent in 2019-20 and 2020-21 for primary producers receiving the Farm Household Allowance. These rebates will be funded by the State Government and will not impact local council’s revenue.
- Increased funding to Rural Business Support for a number of support activities which includes assisting small rural and regional businesses and increasing the Rural Financial Counselling Services to meet growing demand.
- Increasing the Commonwealth Government’s On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, from 25% to 50% (or up to $50,000) which will provide a greater incentive for eligible primary producers to purchase and install new water infrastructure and improve drought resilience.
- Funding for the Family and Business support (FaB) mentor program, increasing wellbeing and business advice to farmers, families and small businesses in drought-affected regions.