Rural Financial Counsellor support for farmers and growers impacted by bushfires

Last updated 13-01-2020

Rural Business Support (RBS) is sincerely saddened to see the destruction caused by the bushfires across the country.

Here in South Australia RBS is in direct contact with industry groups including Livestock SA, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and the Apple and Pear Growers Association to assess how RBS can best support those that have been impacted.

People affected by the fire are encouraged to call the Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787 to find out about the immediate assistance available. Our team of well trained staff can provide support for eligible farmers, growers and other small agriculture-related businesses when the initial shock has turned to thoughts of recovery and rebuilding.

RBS was actively involved at the recovery centres set up following the Sampson Flat and Pinery fires. Learnings from these experiences are very much shaping how we support people affected by the devastating bushfires happening now. We will continue talking with agencies charged with leading the recovery efforts about how our staff can assist when thoughts turn from immediate response to considerations for recovery.

As the initial shock and distress caused by these terrible events turns into concern for the future of their business and their family’s financial situation, RBS can assist eligible businesses to develop and implement plans to recover.

We provide support with:

  • Preparing for talks with insurance companies, banks and lenders
  • Preparing cash flow forecasts to meet financial obligations
  • Accessing other professional services
  • Developing and implementing plans to return to ‘normal’ operations

For more information on our services and other assistance that might help please tap here to download our Bushfire Assistance fact sheet.

Other assistance

Personal Hardship Emergency Grants
South Australians directly affected by the bushfires are able to apply for one-off emergency grants to assist with immediate, temporary relief. The Personal Hardship Emergency Grants of up to $700 per family (or $280 per individual adult) can be used at the discretion of each recipient, but are intended to pay for essential items such as food, toiletries, clothing and medication. This assistance is provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Please visit a Bushfire Recovery Centre for more information and to apply.

Kangaroo Island
Kingscote Football Club
Centenary Avenue

Adelaide Hills
Fabrik Arts and Heritage in the Old Woollen Mill
1 Lobethal Road

Disaster Recovery Payment
The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment is a one-off payment to help you if a declared disaster significantly affects you. If you’re eligible you will get $1,000 per adult and $400 for each child under 16 years of age. More information on the Disaster Recovery Payment, including eligibility criteria is available on the Department of Human Services website or call 180 22 66.

Agricultural losses
A 24 hour hotline number – 1800 255 556 – is available for animal owners seeking urgent assistance and information. For more information please tap here to visit the PIRSA website.