Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2


WHAT IS THE DROUGHT COMMUNITY SUPPORT INITIATIVE ROUND 2?

The Australian Government Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2 provides financial assistance to farmers, farm workers, contractors and suppliers impacted by drought in eligible Local Government Areas. 

Eligible recipients receive a one-off $3000 cash payment.

Round 2 commenced 19 November 2019 and will continue until program funding is exhausted. 

Vinnies is assisting to distribute the funds and the payment is limited to one per household. 

 
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Farmers, farm workers, contractors and suppliers that live and/or work in an eligible Local Government Area. (Click here to check if your area is eligible)

You must also meet the following criteria to be eligible: 

  • 18 years old or older
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Impacted by the drought
 
HOW DO YOU APPLY?

You can apply over the phone or through our online application form. 

You must provide identification and other supporting documentation with your application. Click here to see what documents you will need. 

 
Processing Times: last updated 05/05/2021

Please allow up to 10 business days for your application to be assessed. If you have any urgent enquires please contact 1300 846 643 or email droughtrelief@svdp.org.au

 


 

Apply Online Today


or call us on 1300 846 643

 


Important update: 1 May 2021

Round 2 Extension

We are currently still accepting applications for Round 2 of the Drought Community Support Initiative.

The Commonwealth Government has decided to extend Round 2 beyond 30 April to households that have not yet applied. Applications submitted after 30 April will still be assessed until program funding is exhausted.

Please be aware that because these funds are limited, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible if you believe you might be eligible.

Please note that this is not a new round of funding. Round 2 commenced 19 November 2019 and you can receive only one payment.

Additional Eligible Areas

There are 117 Local Government Areas still eligible for this extension. Click here to check if your area is listed. 

Some additional eligible areas that were previously supported by The Salvation Army have been added to our List of Eligible Local Government Areas. If you missed out on applying for Round 2 of the Drought Community Support Initiative through The Salvation Army, you can now apply through Vinnies.

If you already received payment from The Salvation Army you cannot apply again.

The Round 2 Program Guidelines are available at business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/drought-communities-programme-drought-community-support-initiative

Important update: 4 December 2020

The Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2 continues to be available through St Vincent de Paul Society until program funding is exhausted or no later than 30 April 2021. 

Click here to see the 91 Local Government Areas still eligible for this extension.

There is still only one Round 2 payment allowed per household.

Please note that applications for assistance in some Local Government Areas supported by The Salvation Army have now closed, as funding has been exhausted in these areas. Vinnies is unable to assist you with Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2 funding if you reside in The Salvation Army allocated areas.  

The Salvation Army has assisted over 25,000 farming families to meet urgent expense, including for food, petrol, and utilities. The injection of money into rural and regional communities has supported local businesses, who are also struggling financially from the impact of drought. Their teams remain available to assist in other ways should you still require support.

The Round 2 Program Guidelines are available at business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/drought-communities-programme-drought-community-support-initiative


This is an Australian Government initiative. Vinnies is assisting to distribute the funds. Round 2 funding of the DCSI has been open since 19 November 2019 and will continue until funds have been exhausted. You can only receive payment once during this period.

For more information go to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Delivered on behalf of the Australian Government