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 the drought. 

The funding provides a one-off $3000 cash payment to eligible households. Vinnies is assisting to distribute the funds. 

The payment is limited to one per household. 


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

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. 


Apply Online Today

or call us on 1300 846 643


Important update: 26 February 2021

We have been experiencing technical difficulties with our online application form recently. If you have attempted to submit an application online and you didn’t receive an application ID or believe you may have encountered issues that prevented you from completing the form,  please contact our Drought Relief team on 1300 846 643 between the hours of 8am – 8pm (AEDT).

If you have submitted, and have not heard from one of our team within 48 hours of submitting, please also give us a call.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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 or no later than 30 April 2021. You can only receive payment once during this period.

For more information go our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Delivered on behalf of the Australian Government