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Applications for the 3rd round of the drought relief transport subsidy are now open.

The subsidy provides financial assistance to eligible farm businesses to help with the transport costs of:

  • fodder
  • water for stock or domestic use
  • stock to and from agistment
  • stock to sale or slaughter
  • farm chemicals, fertiliser and seed
  • purchased stock to a farm business (Round 3 only).

Eligible primary producers can claim up to a maximum of $25,000 up to 31 December 2020, subject to funds being available.

You can apply online, or print and complete an application form. You only need to apply once, and then make claims as needed.

Note: Applications for Round 2 have now closed but if you've received approval for the 2019-2020 financial year you have until 30 September 2020 to submit your invoices.


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

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  3. Complete the online form and upload the required documentation.
  4. Wait to receive approval and a BP reference number.

If you don't wish to apply online:

  1. Download and complete Transport Subsidy Emergency Drought Relief Claim Form (Round 3) – DOC.
  2. Gather your supporting documentation.
  3. 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, visit the Assistance Near You map, search your postcode and find a participating office in your area.

More information

  • 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.
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