Vinnies urges Central Desert farmers to apply for new drought support

Farming households across the Northern Territory are being encouraged to apply for up to $3,000 in new drought support.

St Vincent de Paul Society CEO for the Northern Territory, Fran Avon said the Federal Government had recently announced that new local government areas were now eligible for the drought assistance, including Central Desert in the Northern Territory.

The St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army are delivering the Federal Government program in the Northern Territory, dividing the LGAs between them. St Vincent de Paul Society will cover the Central Desert local government area, operating from our Emergency Relief office based in Alice Springs.

‘Financial support is available now and Vinnies is ready to process applications,’ Ms Avon said.

‘It’s as easy as going to our vinnies.org.au webpage or picking up the phone to our call centre’.

Eligible farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers qualify for a payment of up to $3,000 to help meet basic household expenses. To qualify, your main source of income must come from agriculture or related activities and you must be over the age of 18 to apply.

It is a simple process. You will need to provide your driver’s licence, evidence to show where you live and proof that you’re experiencing financial hardship. You will also need a current payslip if you are an employee.

‘With the drought continuing to impact farmers and their families, Vinnies has a team of experienced, empathetic staff in our call centre taking calls and processing claims as quickly as possible,’ Ms Avon said.

Vinnies is distributing nationally a total of $60 million of government funding nationally, during this current Round 2 of the Drought Community Support Initiative, which commenced in November 2019.

Current program guidelines and eligibility criteria are available here: The Federal Government has listed specific Local Government Areas which are officially drought-declared. A list of those LGAs serviced by the St Vincent de Paul Society are available here as well as details about the payment.

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia consists of 60,000 members and volunteers who operate on the ground across the country.  In the Northern Territory, we have over 350 members and volunteers.