Drought Support

A range of support is available for farm families and businesses affected by drought.


The $10 million Drought Support Fund will extend existing programs and provide for some new ones.

These programs complement support that is already providing for farmers, small businesses, families and communities impacted by drought. Extensive community consultation informed the allocation of the Drought Support Fund.

Support includes:

  • Extension of Stock Containment Areas Program
  • Extension of Drought Employment Program
  • Drought Extension Services
  • Community Events
  • Dedicated Small Business services provided by RFCS
  • Agricultural Traineeships for School Leavers in Drought affected NW Victoria
  • Farm Risk Management Grants Program
  • Sport and Recreation Water Infrastructure Grants
  • Foodbank

Click here for detailed information on support available

Click here to download the 2016 Drought Directory

Drought Response Package Overview

There are number of programs offered state wide. Click here for a summary of all programs offered under the support and package and where eligibility lies. 

Click here for the Premier's announcement on drought support.


Applications are now open for the latest round of The Australian Government Drought Concessional Loans Scheme. This Scheme aims to assist Victorian farmers who are currently experiencing a significant financial impact as a result of the effect of drought. 

Rural Finance is the delivery agent for the Scheme in Victoria on behalf of the state government. 

Call 1800 260 425 or c
lick here for more about concessional loans.

Personal Support

Don’t face issues alone. Drought, fire and other natural disasters are a stressful time. Those in high-risk areas will often need to keep on alert throughout the season and monitor conditions in their surrounding area. It is normal to feel anxious during this time of year and this anxiety may be worse for people who have been affected by natural disasters and emergencies in the past. 

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact Emergency Services on 000.

If you are dealing with stressful events, you might find it helpful to talk them over with your local GP who can refer you to other appropriate support people.

Telephone Counselling and Health Support

Telephone counselling services respond to callers with a wide range of concerns and personal emergencies. Services include:

Lifeline  13 11 14
NURSE-ON-CALL 1300 60 60 24
BeyondBlue 1300 224 636
Mensline 1300 78 99 78
Family Relationship Service 1800 050 321

Click here for VFF's comprehensive list of rural mental health resources.

Click here for information on personal support, financial support, farm management options, climate information and water management.

Animal Welfare & livestock management

Drought calls for hard economic decisions to be made, particularly on the fate of stock. Stock owners should obtain all available information to make the best decisions. Take action early to minimise the impacts.

Click here for more information on drought feeding and stock containment areas.

Stock Containment Areas

Click here [pdf] for information on the SCA Grants Program 2016, outlining eligibility criteria for Round Two.

Download the Stock Containment Area EOI form for Round 2 [word.doc].