The Federal Government is launching a newly created Farm Liaison Officer role based in Longreach to assist farmers, business and communities to better connect with existing drought support measures available.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud says The Farm Liaison Officer work with the support of the Rural Financial Counselling Service and community assistance measures.
He says the move follows frank conversations with drought affected farmers during his recent drought tour with the Prime Minister.
“The Farm Liaison Officer will work to better connect farmers, businesses and communities to existing support measures. For example, the Farm Liaison Officer would help connect people to Rural Financial Counsellors, who help farmers apply for Farm Household Allowance.”
“It will be crucial for this Liaison Officer to get farmers’ feedback on these measures back to Government as quickly as possible.”
The Minister says Data collected by the Liaison Officer will help build a better picture of client’s circumstances before, during and after accessing federal support measures to better inform government.
“The Farm Liaison Officer will be based in Longreach and travel between the four RFCS regions of Queensland North, Queensland Southern, NSW Central and NSW Northern.”
The Farm Liaison Officer position will run over two years as part of a pilot program thanks to $750,000 in federal funding.
The moves follows the Government’s earlier announcement of an additional $20 million to extend the Rural Financial Counselling Service to 2020.
“The RFCS is an essential service, currently helping around 4,500 clients each year.”
For more information on the RFCS visit agriculture.gov.au/rfcs or call 1800 686 175.
RFCS contact information by state:
• QLD Southern – Phone: 07 4622 5500
Fax: 07 4622 3699
• QLD Northern – Phone: 07 4652 5666
Fax: 07 4652 5699
• NSW Central – Phone: 1800 940 404
Fax: 02 6884 4926
• NSW Northern – Phone: 02 6662 5055
Fax: 02 6662 4105