Farm household allowance

In the 2013–14 Budget, the federal government announced that it would provide $99.4 million over four years for a new Farm Household Allowance under the National Drought Program Reform commencing from 1 July 2014.

The allowance will provide up to three years of income support to eligible farmers and their partners, paid fortnightly when they are in hardship.

Eligibility for the allowance will be determined through an assessment of the farmer's existing assets, liabilities and income. The allowance will be conditional – recipients of this allowance will be required to undertake activities targeted at assisting farmers to better manage their individual situation in the future. The allowance will be delivered by the Department of Human Services.

The amending Acts received royal assent on 28 March 2014.

Legislation and supporting material

The following legislation received royal assent on 28 March 2014:

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