| February 09, 2017

Murray farmers to benefit from improved access to Farm Household Allowance

  • Amendments to Farm Household Support Act 2014 introduced to Parliament
  • Changes will make it easier for Murray farmers to access the Farm Household Allowance 

Farmers across the Murray electorate who are experiencing hardship will benefit from improvements to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA).

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum MP, says amendments to the Farm Household Support Act 2014 have been introduced to Parliament to streamline the payment of the FHA.

‘This scheme will no longer treat water as a non-farm asset,’ Mr Drum said. ‘Instead, water will be treated as a necessity to run your farm, similar to farming machinery. For example, if a farmer owns several hundred thousand dollars worth of water, that will no longer prevent them from receiving Farm Household Allowance.’

The changes mean more farm businesses in the Murray electorate will be eligible to receive assistance.

“These changes are a result of the extensive Dairy Roundtables conducted by the Coalition Government throughout regional Australia including in Congupna,’ Mr Drum said. ‘It will ensure farmers across the Murray electorate have a safety net if they fall on hard times.’

 

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