Time extended on drought allowance
THE Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2018 has been successfully passed in Federal Parliament.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has welcomed the passage of the Farm Household Allowance extension through Parliament, which will increase cumulative period drought affected farmers qualify for Farm Household allowance to four years.
The change follows the drought tour with the Prime Minister a few weeks ago.
“I hope there are farmers out there who can sleep a bit better tonight knowing this change will soon be reality,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Parts of my electorate of Maranoa have been in drought seven years. The Government can’t make it rain but we can give farmers the chance to plan and adjust, and put food on the table and diesel in the car.
“I stress again: farmers should not self-assess whether they’re eligible for FHA – they should go see a rural financial counsellor. ”
Minister Littleproud will hold a roundtable on drought policy, resilience and preparedness in coming weeks.