Official Media Release

Local Farmers In Upper Hunter Encouraged To Claim Transport Subsidies

Michael Johnsen MP, Nationals Member for Upper Hunter and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture is urging drought-affected farmers in Upper Hunter who applied for the Drought Transport Subsidy in the 2018-19 financial year to claim their freight invoices by the end of this month.

Mr Johnsen said while all claims for round one had to be lodged with the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) by the end of September, subsidies continued to be available under round two of the program, which began on 1 July.

“We know our local farmers are doing it tough right now, but we’re encouraging those who applied for the subsidy last financial year to submit their tax invoices to ensure they receive their full payments,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Claiming the transport subsidy is simple and can even be done online at the Rural Assistance Authority website.

“If there are any issues getting the invoices in by the end of the month, I’m urging the region’s farmers to contact the RAA immediately, so that assistance can be provided.”

“The last thing we want to see is a local farmer entitled to a subsidy miss out.”

Eligible farm businesses can claim freight expenses up to $40,000 from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019.

More than $145 million in transport subsidies has been provided so far by the NSW Nationals in Government to help farmers with the costs of transporting fodder, water and stock.

2018-19 financial year Drought Transport Subsidy invoices must be submitted by 30 September 2019.

Farmers who would like help submitting their invoices can contact the Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593, their nearest Local Land Services office or the Rural Financial Counselling Service on 1800 686 175.

For more information on the NSW Liberal & National Government’s more than $1.8 billion drought relief package, visit www.droughthub.nsw.gov.au.