On 17th October, the Australian Government introduced improvements to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) to help more farmers through periods of hardship.

The Government had already made changes to make the FHA quicker and easier to access, by reducing paperwork by a third and by temporarily increasing the farm assets threshold to $5 million from 1 July 2019.

The new changes announced last week provide drought relief for those who have exhausted their four years on FHA, extending farming families’ access to the FHA from three years in their lifetime to four years out of every 10, recognising that farmers experience hardships, including droughts, more than once in their lives.

For more information, visit https://minister.agriculture.gov.au/mckenzie/media-releases/fha-reform or contact our office.