The drought transport subsidy provides up to $40,000 to eligible farm businesses to assist with the transport costs of:
- water for stock or domestic use
- stock to and from agistment
- stock to sale or slaughter.
The subsidy was introduced in July 2018 and covered journeys completed between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2019. It has now been extended to cover journeys completed in the financial year 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.
The subsidy covers:
- up to 50% of the full cost of freight
- up to $5 per kilometre (+GST).
For invoices dated 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020:
- there is no distance limit per journey
- applications must be received by 30 September 2020.
For farmers who did not apply last financial year, and have invoices dated 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019:
- there is a distance limit of 1500 kilometres per journey on those invoices
- applications must be received by 30 September 2019.
The subsidy applies to transport via road or rail and the cap of $40,000 applies to each financial year period – 2018-19 and 2019-20.
You can apply online, or print and complete an application form. You only need to apply once, and then make claims as needed.
Primary producers who can show that:
- they're the owner and operator of a farm business in NSW
- they operate as a sole trader, partnership, trust or private company and trade agricultural products
- their business has an ABN and is registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a primary producer
- they earn more than 50% of their gross income from their primary production business under normal seasonal circumstances
- their business is being negatively impacted by drought conditions
- they do not have gross off-farm assets exceeding $5,000,000 (excluding funds in a registered superannuation fund).
What you need
- your BP number, if you've previously applied for assistance from the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA)
- your contact details
- the business/property details
- scanned copies of your most recent Local Land Service (LLS) and Local Government Area (LGA) rates notices
- scanned copies of your owner carrier registration papers, log book entries and travelling stock statement (if applicable)
- relevant tax invoices
- your banking details
- your rural financial counsellor's details (if applicable).
How to apply
- Check the eligibility requirements.
- Select the 'Apply online' button.
- Complete the online form and upload the required documentation.
- Wait to receive approval and a BP reference number.
If you don't wish to apply online:
- Download and complete Transport Subsidy Emergency Drought Relief Claim Form – DOC.
- Gather your supporting documentation.
- Using the contact details listed on the claim form, lodge your claim by fax, email or post.
If you'd like help with your application, gather all the required documentation and visit one of the following service centres:
- when applying online you're able to save your progress and resume later
- the RAA advises that you get professional advice regarding tax or other financial implications before you apply for the subsidy.