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Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Page: 8055

Farm Household Allowance

(Question No. 988)


Mr Katter asked the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, in writing, on 18 June 2018:

Will he consider (a) extending the family assistance package beyond the current three years and extra year for exceptional circumstances, and (b) addressing the issue of continuing the family assistance grants for as long as exceptional circumstances prevail.


Mr Littleproud: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Since coming into power, this government has invested over a billion dollars on drought assistance for farmers and small communities.

On 20 June 2018, I introduced the Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2018, which proposed to extend the maximum period of payment of Farm Household Allowance from three to four cumulative years.

It is my privilege to inform the honourable member that the Bill was passed by the House of Representatives on 27 June 2018 and the Senate on the following day.

The one year extension will be available from 1 August 2018. Previous, current and future recipients of Farm Household Allowance will be entitled to apply for the additional assistance. Farm Household Allowance is not a drought measure; it is available to all eligible farmers and their partners in hardship, regardless of their situation.

Extending Farm Household Allowance by twelve months will provide farmers with the time and support to develop their resilience, or to make tough choices with dignity.