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Rural Financial Counselling

Are you a farmer, fisher, forester or regional small business owner seeking financial counselling?

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is supporting families and communities across Australia on their disaster recovery journey. Two programs that do this are the Rural Financial Counselling Service Program and Regional Small Business Support Program.

Rural Financial Counselling Service Program

Part of this support includes the Rural Financial Counselling Service Program. The program has been in operation since 1986 and provides free and independent financial counselling to eligible farmers, fishers, foresters and small related enterprises who are experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship.

The Rural Financial Counselling Service Program aims to:

  • transition clients out of financial crisis; 

  • improve clients’ business profitability or facilitate a dignified exit; and

  • improve clients’ financial well-being and resilience.

The outcome of the program is that clients who engage with the service become financially self-reliant and their businesses are better prepared to deal with risk.

Regional Small Business Support Program

The Regional Small Business Support Program pilot launched in early 2020 to support small regional businesses to build their resilience in times of drought in Modified Monash Model 2 to 7 areas.

The program has expanded to areas affected by the 2019-20 bushfires, COVID-19 and/or the March 2022 flood event in Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Support is available

Visit our dedicated service provider page to learn where rural financial counsellors are located.

Click on the below programs to read more.