Support for Farmers
Local Land Services
- Animal assessment and veterinary advice and assistance
- Livestock feeding and management advice
- Pasture, cropping and horticulture recovery advice
- Plant and animal biosecurity surveillance and advice
- Erosion control and riverbank restoration advice
Landholders requiring further assistance can contact Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 or head to the link below.
Counselling and Wellbeing
Rural Aid offers free, confidential counselling to registered farmers and their family. They conduct counselling at the place that best suits, on farm, in town or over the phone. Rural Aid counsellors are professionally trained to help support people navigate all kinds of life challenges but come with an understanding of the unique needs of rural people.
Counselling Intake Line – 1300 175 594
Rural Aid’s dedicated counselling intake line is staffed by our trained counsellors Monday to Friday 9-5pm AEDST.
Farmers, farming family members and farm workers can all contact this number to gain information about counselling, gain support and complete our intake process to be linked in with a counsellor.
All services are free and the person does not have to be a primary producer; hobby farmers and their family can also access the intake line. Farmers are supported with practical strategies to help them refocus and get back on track.
Rural Aid is currently offering eligible flood affected farmers a $500 pre-paid Visa card for use in their local communities.
Rural Aid sources and delivers fodder for primary producers when there is a localised need for assistance. If you are in need of fodder assistance, contact us for more information.
Rural Aid coordinates domestic water deliveries to assist farmers in need of household water. All farmers registered with Rural Aid can request a load of domestic water once per quarter, per farm. We will then use a local water carter to deliver a load of potable water directly to your house tank. We can work with your allocated water carter or find a local licenced carter for you. If you would like to request a load of water, you can email us directly.
The Farm Army is a job posting platform for farmers and workers or volunteers. Farmers can post a variety of jobs on a volunteer or paid basis. They can also offer positions on a contra basis, where applicants work in exchange for meals and/or accommodation. Rural Aid provides the platform where farmers list jobs, but is not involved in the applicant selection process.
Rural Aid runs a series of Live Chats where rural ‘community builders’ share knowledge of the ways their region is thriving.
Rural Aid can also help with specific support measures to meet primary producers’ individual needs. These are measured on a case-by-case basis.