The assistance provided to primary producers under WANDRRA is managed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).
For full details and application forms refer to the DPIRD website.
Primary producers may apply for reimbursement of fees to obtain professional advice directly relating to addressing issues arising from an eligible natural disaster event.
The maximum reimbursement available is $1,500.
Advice may be obtained from a farm business consultant such as a member of the Australian Association of Agriculture Consultants (WA Inc), a member of a professional accounting body or an appropriate professional. Advice may relate to business or financial matters, hydrological or soil conservation issues, feed analysis or other stock health issues. The reimbursement is not available to meet costs of employing professional advice for other purposes.
An interest rate subsidy may be available to primary producers for new loans provided by Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs), where the assets have been lost or damaged as a direct result of an eligible natural disaster, and for which the assistance measures under the WANDRRA have been activated.
There is no government guarantee or indemnity to borrowers or lenders in relation to these loans.
The funds can be used to repair damage caused by the eligible natural disaster event, and/or for carry on purposes to implement the next season's production program, or to replace livestock lost in the disaster.
Primary producers must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development that funds are not available from within their own resources. It would be expected that applicants would have committed all liquid assets and credit sources for normal operation of the business, and will need to access extra borrowings to recover from the disaster. This will be assessed mainly from the Statement of Assets and Liabilities as at the time of application, with reference to the applicant if additional information is required. An increase in the level of agreed borrowing would likely qualify for the interest subsidy support.
The WANDRRA provides an interest rate subsidy, currently set at 4 per cent with the subsidy payments:
In cases where no capital repayments or minimal capital repayments are made from Year three onwards, and to be consistent with those who have made capital repayments, a 'notional' deduction of 1/10th of the original loan principal is taken for each year.
The OEM will pay the interest rate subsidy annually in advance, based upon the satisfactory submission of a claim form after the anniversary date of the loan drawdown/disbursement, supported by documentary evidence of the loan balance at this time such as provision of a copy of the relevant loan account statement showing the 'actual' loan balance on, or shortly after the anniversary date. Any changes to the loan are required to be notified immediately to OEM.
This assistance reimburses the primary producer a maximum of 50 per cent of the costs incurred to transport any of the following items as a direct result of an eligible a natural disaster:
This assistance reimburses the primary producer 100 per cent of the costs associated with any of the following:
In respect of reimbursement for fencing materials, for a claim to be considered under this relief measure, the primary producer must demonstrate to DPIRD's satisfaction that at the time of the natural disaster event, the property was at that time being used to hold or agist livestock. A property that was used solely for cropping purposes at the time of the incident resulting in the claim would not be eligible for assistance under the WANDRRA. As the intent of this measure is to ensure public safety, to be eligible, all works must be undertaken as soon as is practicable after the impact of the natural disaster event. It must also be noted that where a claimant has insurance, and the insurance policy includes fencing, in these circumstances the claim must be lodged with the insurer, and not via the WANDRRA.
Additional relief measures may be available after an event for which WANDRRA has been activated and these will be determined by the DPIRD and OEM and will be based on the needs arising as a result of the event. These measures may include such items as fodder drops to stock isolated by flood or veterinary costs for assessing stock affected by exposure or fire.
An applicant is the business entity, represented by the partners, directors or shareholders who are the primary producers and must meet the eligibility criteria as detailed below.
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Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Rural Business Unit
Contact Number: 1800 198 231