Centrelink’s Dubbo Service Centre is opening its doors again on Saturday 10 November to provide extra support to local farmers.
Specialist staff from the Department of Human Services will be on hand from 10am to midday, to provide farmers with personalised assistance to complete their Farm Household Allowance (FHA) claim forms.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the event will be a valuable opportunity for farmers to learn more about the support on offer to help them through the challenging times, and connect with other services for which they may be eligible.
“Scattered rain has provided some relief in parts of the Parkes electorate, however the effects of the drought will be felt for quite some time,” Mr Coulton said.
“The FHA claim form was recently simplified and the easiest way to apply is online. I strongly encourage local farmers to gather their paperwork and go along on Saturday, to receive personalised assistance from specialist staff and have their FHA questions answered.”
Minister for Human Services Michael Keenan said farmers attending on 10 November can expect to receive ongoing support.
“Our network of Farm Household Case Officers provide ongoing assistance for FHA recipients to help them access other support services and develop action plans to get their farm business back on track,” Minister Keenan said.
“They will also help farmers to register for online services available through myGov so they can easily keep in touch with the Department, or even upload important documents without the need to call or visit a service centre.”
A Rural Financial Counsellor will also be available to offer free financial counselling and business tips.
Earlier this year, the Australian Government announced additional lump sum payments for FHA recipients. Two lump sum payments are available for eligible households, worth up to $12,000. Payment of the first lump sum commenced from 1 September 2018 and the second payment is scheduled for 1 March 2019.
Farmers and their partners can apply for FHA, however will need to lodge their claim before 1 December 2018 in order to be eligible for the first FHA lump sum payment. Claims lodged after 2 December 2018 may only qualify a farmer to receive the second supplement payment. Further information can be found at: humanservices.gov.au/farmhouseholdallowance
When: Saturday 10 November 2018, 10am to 12pm
Where: Dubbo Service Centre – 64 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo NSW