Bushfire assistance: Special Disaster Grant for primary producers

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Following the devastating bushfires on the NSW South Coast, the NSW Government has made available a range of financial assistance to help with clean up and recovery. 

Special Disaster Grants of up to $75,000 are available for eligible primary producers impacted by the bushfires. One grant per affected property is available to help with costs associated with immediate clean-up and repairs, where those costs are not covered by other assistance measures or existing insurance policies. This includes caring for injured stock or disposing of dead stock, and rebuilding or replacing damaged or destroyed on-farm fencing and other infrastructure. Damage may include that caused by fire, smoke, ash and/or soot.


To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must:

  • be a primary producer
  • earn more than 50% of their total gross income from primary production
  • spend part of their labour on primary production
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the disaster
  • have a primary production enterprise located within the defined area for the eligible disaster that has suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster
  • have been engaged in carrying on the primary production enterprise at the time of the disaster
  • intend to re-establish the primary production enterprise
  • have lodged an application by 15 December 2020.

An applicant may also be eligible for a grant if both of the following apply:

  • the applicant's primary production enterprise is located outside the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster but is carried on at least sometimes on a regular basis in the area, and
  • plant or equipment of the primary production enterprise situated in the defined disaster area has been damaged or livestock has died as a result of the eligible disaster.

Where an applicant's income from primary production is less than 50% of their total income, the applicant may still be eligible for a grant if it can be demonstrated that:

  • in the ordinary course of business the applicant would meet that requirement, but
    • their primary production income is currently reduced due to drought, and/or
    • due to long lead times to full production, the applicant expects to earn such as amount of income within an 8 year period, or
    • the applicant is a forest plantation grower, or private land holder who actively manages forest resources, with the intention of deriving income from commercial timber and/or wood fibre production, or
  • the applicant derives at least 50% of their total income from primary production and value-added products made directly from raw produce grown by the applicant.


Further information on eligibility can be found here or by calling 1800 768 593. Application can be made by visiting the Rural Assistance Authority website.

Applications close on 15 December 2020.

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.