Support available for farmers
There is a wide range of information and support available to farmers, horticulturists and animal owners who have land in areas affected by the floods.
For information on animal welfare or other agricultural advice, contact DPI on 136 186 or go to the DPI website for information on flood recovery for rural properties.
Services provided by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in an emergency
DPI has well established rural recovery processes and experienced rural recovery staff working throughout Victoria. In the event of agricultural emergency such as flood, DPI staff will:
- Identify the immediate and ongoing needs of farm businesses, people and communities.
- Assess the loss of rural assets including stock, crops, pasture, fodder supplies, fences and farm buildings.
- Assist those affected to re-establish their businesses and communities as quickly as possible.
DPI recovery services begin as soon as possible after an incident. Experienced staff will:
- Assess injured stock and provide advice on options for humane destruction or treatment.
- Assist with humane livestock destruction if required.
- Provide advice on livestock disposal and other technical matters such as pasture re-establishment or herd management.
- Provide advice on sourcing assistance such as stress management and financial counselling.
- Provide support to individuals with applications for assistance where applicable.
- Advise recovery partners on individual needs, for example; notifying local government of requirements for the disposal of stock.
- Provide information and advice to government and other agencies on the impact of the incident and relief options.
For further information or to contact your nearest rural Recovery Coordinator call the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Victorian Farmers Federation
Under its Farm Assist program, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) provides advice and information on a range of initiatives designed to support farmers and farming communities.
Further details available by calling the VFF on 1300 88 28 33 or viewing their website at: