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    Member for Mallee Anne Webster.

AgLife: Farm-support scheme change

Changes to a national Farm Household Allowance scheme designed to help farmers through crises has the backing of Member for Mallee Anne Webster.

Dr Webster said the government had increased farmer support through the Farm Household Allowance.

“Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie has listened to the concerns of our community and is extending farming families’ access to the Farm Household Allowance to four years in every 10,” she said.

“Other changes will lift the amount families can earn off-farm to $100,000 a year in recognition of the reality that much of the income earned off-farm goes straight to servicing debt, as well as allowing farmers to count income from agistment against their losses.

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“A one-off drought-relief payment of up to $13,000 for a farming family, and up to $7500 for an individual, is designed to help people with decisions about whether they will be sustainable, should look at succession options or, in some instances, choose to sell.”

Dr Webster said the government realised that in a country of extremes, farmers might need to access Farm Household Allowance more than once in their lives.

“We don’t want our local farmers to have to worry about how they’re going to pay the next bill, we want them to be able to focus on what they do best, which is producing fantastic, clean, green product,” she said.

“The Nationals have been standing by Australia’s farmers for 100 years and we’re not about to change that now. 

“We’re delivering these improvements as soon as possible to make sure our farmers and their families can continue to access much needed support.”

The Farm Household Allowance has been supporting Australian farmers since July 2014. 

It has provided more than $365-million to about 12,700 recipients in that time.

The Bill introduced to the House of Representatives changes the Farm Household Support Act 2014 and the Farm Household Support Minister’s Rule 2014. 

The entire October 30, 2019 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!

The entire October 30, 2019 edition of AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!