Flood-affected farmers to get $10,000 grants in Victoria

Sheep Central, October 19, 2022

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

VICTORIAN farmers affected by the recent floods will receive a one-off $10,000 payment to help re-establish their properties and businesses.

The assistance was announced today by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews as part of an initial $73.5 million package that will deliver grants to help farmers and business owners clean up their properties.

The package also includes business mentoring, concessional loans and transport subsidies to help businesses re-establish.

The $19.5 million Primary Producer Flood Relief Program will be administered by Rural Finance.

The grants will cover activities like the removal and disposal of debris and injured or dead livestock, repairing essential equipment, fixing and replacing fencing, buying fodder, water and water storage, salvaging damaged crops, grain or feed, and hiring or purchasing materials to clean up a property or equipment.

Primary producers whose properties have been directly hit are also eligible for concessional loans of up to $250,000 to restore or replace damaged assets, and meet general expenses incurred while the clean-up is underway.

“Victorian primary producers give so much to our state – and we’re supporting them to get back on their feet after these floods have affected many of their livelihoods,” Mr Andrews said.

Minister for Agriculture Gayle Tierney said it has been a tough week for so many communities across regional Victoria, and the government wanted to make sure the cost of the recovery isn’t a burden for primary producers.

Victorian Farmers Federation president Emma Germano said the support announced today for farmers is a welcome move that the VFF had been urgently calling for.

“Recovery in our flood devastated regions will take many months and this is a welcome, first step towards that.

“We thank the Victorian Government and Agriculture Victoria for listening as we continue to work together to support those impacted,” she said.

Transport costs are also claimable

The government said flood-affected primary producers can also claim up to 50 per cent of transport costs – up to $15,000 – for the transport of emergency fodder or stock drinking water, and moving stock to agistment, sale or slaughter.

Small business owners whose livelihoods have been affected by the floods will also be supported through the $54 million Small Business Immediate Flood Relief Program.

The program will also support a dedicated Business Relief Service – with dedicated mentors to guide business owners through the available Commonwealth, state and local supports, manage insurance and landlord issues and build a strong recovery strategy.

Applications for both grant programs will open on Thursday, 20 October – with applicants for the agriculture grants encouraged to visit For small business grants, call the Business Victoria hotline on 132 215.

A $4.4 million initial package will support any extra mental healthcare flood-affected Victorians need.

The Government’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs, which were stood up during the pandemic to support extra mental health demand, will see $1.5 million in surge funding in the worst-affected areas across regional Victoria and Melbourne’s west, supporting Victorians doing it tough as a result of the floods.

A further $2 million will support trusted community mental health organisations to deliver care when it’s needed most, while Neighbourhood Houses and Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations in affected areas will receive $400,000 to run local events, connecting flood-affected residents across communities.

Primary producers whose properties, livestock or crops were lost in the floods will get the dedicated mental health support they need, with $500,000 for specialist agriculture organisations including the National Centre for Farmer Health.

The government’s School Mental Health Fund has now rolled out to every government school in regional Victoria, offering an evidence-based menu of wellbeing options for schools to choose the mental health support that suits their unique cohort.

Children and their families who have been affected by the floods are strongly encouraged to contact their trusted school leaders, who can help them access that care quickly.

Victorians are reminded they can contribute to flood recovery efforts at


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