The Drought is Taking Its Toll

Vinnies is supporting our farmers and farming communities who are experiencing the full force of the current drought.

Vinnies is supporting communities directly via funds raised by our generous donors, and is one of three charities delivering the Federal Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI). While the assistance we provide through donations is ongoing, and our people in local communities are always available to provide support, the DCSI will finish in June.

DCSI Assistance

Vinnies is providing assistance through the DCSI to people in eligible local government areas in NSW, Queensland and South Australia. If you are eligible for DCSI funding you can receive up to $2,000 in cash and up to $1,000 in vouchers.

The DCSI is a time-limited program and is dependent on the amount of funding provided by the Federal Government.

If you would like to apply for assistance, please call 13 18 12 and select option 2 (‘welfare assistance’) and option 2 (‘drought assistance’) or:

Please Note:

DCSI funding for South Australia has already been fully allocated and this program has now closed.

If you live in Queensland or NSW (including the Canberra-Goulburn Region) and would like to apply for DCSI assistance please contact us no later than Friday the 14th of June. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept applications after that date.


Other Drought Assistance

Assistance differs from state to state. Here are some of the ways Vinnies could assist you:

  • Help to pay bills
  • Food vouchers and hampers
  • No Interest Loans for a variety of household items
  • Community events such as BBQs, dinners, and community forums
  • Referrals to partner organisations supplying food and water for livestock
  • Counselling and outreach
  • Referrals to an extensive network of other providers to cover all areas of need.

If you would like more information about Vinnies direct drought assistance programs, please call 13 18 12.


Donate to Vinnies Drought Appeal

Case study:

Ben is a young farmer who recently suffered a health problem that led to Vinnies stepping in to help support him and his family.

“My wife and I have been coping with drought conditions since 2011. We’re not ones to ask for help but it’s gotten to a point where we decided we needed to accept some assistance from Vinnies.”

Since 2011 Ben has had to sell off all his cattle and change to farming sheep and goats as a means to better survive the drought conditions.

After rupturing one of his eyes, Ben has been unable to complete all the farm work he was previously responsible for, with his wife needing to step in to get it done. This has created further financial and emotional stress.

“Vinnies kindly offered to pay for my medical bills as this was an added expense we simply couldn’t afford on top of running the farm and providing for our two children.”

Ben is just one of hundreds of farmers that Vinnies has been able to offer drought assistance.