Financial Counselling for Drought Affected Communities Continues

The State Government will fund an additional two temporary positions under the Rural Financial Counselling Service program effectively extending the life of the program.

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Ag Minister Mark Furner says the two positions will be based in Roma and Charleville and are in addition to positions funded under the Federal Government’s Rural Financial Counselling Service program.

“The Palaszczuk Government recognises the terrible impact that the prolonged drought has had on people in Queensland. That is why we have had no hesitation in continuing to fund these two positions to assist primary producers manage the current conditions and, where appropriate, develop drought recovery strategies.”

The Rural Financial Counselling Service provides free financial advice to producers who are suffering financial hardship and have no alternative sources of impartial financial information.

The scheme delivers free intensive, individualised support to clients such as farmers, harvesters and small, related businesses.

Rural financial counsellors can:
• help identify your financial and business options;
• help negotiate with your lenders;
• help you develop an action plan;
• help support you to access the Farm Household Allowance;
• give you information about government and other assistance schemes;
• refer you to accountants, agricultural advisers and educational services; and
• refer you to Department of Human Services and to professionals for succession planning, family mediation and personal, emotional and social counselling.

While rural financial counsellors do not provide family, emotional or social counselling, they can provide information and referrals to organisations.

Further information about the Rural Financial Counselling Service can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website – www.daf.qld.gov.au