Eligible families are urged to access much-needed vouchers and cash from the Liberal & Nationals Government’s $30 million Drought Community Support Initiative.
The practical Community Support packages of up to $3000 per household, including up to $2000 in cash and $1000 in vouchers, are being distributed to people across drought-affected parts of Australia.
A fundamental part of this support is that vouchers are to be redeemed at local businesses.
This injection of money in rural and regional communities will help boost local businesses because we know it is not just farmers who are doing it tough during this crippling drought.
Supporting farming households and communities to help keep people living and working on the land and in their towns is critical to the health and prosperity of the entire country.
Regional Australia accounts for around two-thirds of our nation’s exports and employs hundreds of thousands of Australians. The Liberal & Nationals Government back the regions all the way, during the tough times as well as the good.
Minister for Regional Services, and Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said getting practical support to those facing financial pressure because of the severe, long-term drought was a top priority.
“I am pleased to confirm the $30 million Drought Community Support Initiative is up and running,” Minister McKenzie said.
“It provides immediate assistance to at least 10,000 farming households facing hardship because of the drought.
“We are continuing to work with trusted not-for-profit organisations and I am pleased that The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service are delivering this assistance on behalf of the Liberal & Nationals Government.
“These community organisations are experienced in delivering cash and vouchers and, importantly, can provide immediate relief across all of the eligible Local Government Areas.
To be eligible to receive this assistance, an individual from a household must be 18 years or older, a farmer, farm worker or farm supplier/contractor who lives or works in one of the 81 eligible Local Government Areas and suffering financial hardship as a result of the drought.
The Drought Community Support Initiative was announced by the Australian Government at the National Drought Summit on 26 October 2018.
The initiative is a stream under the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities’ Drought Communities Program, which supports the most drought-affected regions of Australia by funding eligible Local Government Areas for local infrastructure projects and other drought-relief activities.
The Liberal & Nationals Government has committed almost $7 billion for drought support including more than $25 million to improve mental health services in drought-affected areas.
For more information about eligibility and accessing support visit:
The Salvation Army:
St Vincent de Paul:
Rotary Australia World Community Service:
Government drought support:
Region-based mental health services:
For immediate mental health support, you can contact:
Eligible Local Government Areas under the Drought Communities Programme – Drought Community Support Initiative
New South Wales
Armidale Regional Bega Valley Bland
Blayney Brewarrina Broken Hill
Bogan Bourke Cabonne
Carrathool Central Darling Cobar
Coonamble Dubbo Regional Forbes
Gilgandra Glen Innes Severn Shire Gunnedah
Gwydir Inverell Lachlan
Liverpool Plains Mid-Western Regional Moree Plains
Muswellbrook Narrabri Narrandera
Narromine Oberon Parkes
Tamworth Regional Tenterfield Unincorporated Far West
Upper Hunter Uralla Walcha
Walgett Warren Warrumbungle
Balonne Barcaldine Barcoo
Blackall Tambo Bulloo Boulia
Diamantina Flinders Goondiwindi
Lockyer Valley Longreach Maranoa
McKinlay Murweh Paroo
Richmond Quilpie Somerset
South Burnett Southern Downs Toowoomba
East Gippsland Wellington
Barunga West Ceduna Clare and Gilbert Valleys
Cleve Franklin Harbour Goyder
Karoonda East Murray Kimba Loxton Waikerie
Mid Murray Mount Remarkable Northern Areas
Orroroo/Carrieton Southern Mallee Streaky Bay
Joint Press release – Senator Lucy Gichuhi and Alphacrucis College
For release 19th February 2019
Senator Lucy Gichuhi (Former Chair of the Education and Employment Committee) has given her support to Alphacrucis College and their move towards gaining university college status, as well as joining the celebration of their 71st year of excellence as a leading Australasian Christian Higher Education Institution.
“Education alleviates poverty,” the Senator said “In my own life experience I have experienced first-hand the trials of poverty while growing up in Kenya. Faith-based tertiary education plays a key role in providing solutions and opportunities in the Australian higher education system.”
Alphacrucis College (AC) is a leading Australasian Higher Education Institution that is Pentecostal-aligned and has a reputation for excellence in student care, teaching and research. The College has over 3500 students spread across 10 locations within Australia and overseas and has three faculties: (1) Theology, (2) Education, Arts and Social Science, and (3) Business. They are seeking university college status in early 2020.
Hundreds more women and children escaping domestic and family violence will have a safe place to sleep with a $78 million investment by the Morrison Government.
This investment includes a $60 million grants program for eligible organisations to provide new or expanded emergency accommodation facilities for those escaping domestic and family violence.
This program will build up to 450 safe places and assist up to 6,500 people per year. The grant program will be structured to encourage contributions from other levels of government, and from private and philanthropic sources.
A further $18 million will be invested in the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes program, which has assisted over 5,200 women since 2015-16, providing security upgrades and safety planning so women and children can remain in their own homes, if it is safe to do so.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this investment was a key commitment to the Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022, the final plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
“The first priority of my government is to keep Australians safe and secure,” the Prime Minister said.
“I am focused on providing more support to women and children escaping domestic violence.
“The National Plan is one of the best examples of governments working together and the more we work together to solve this problem as partners, the better the outcome for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
“This is the third significant initiative we’ve funded for domestic violence support in as many months, following $67.2 million committed as part of the Women’s Economic Security Statement and a further $10.9 million towards 1800RESPECT, announced in late November.”
Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said that this investment is designed to significantly increase our national stock of emergency accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
“When a woman needs to escape domestic violence, often she has very little chance to plan – she may well have raced out of the house and jumped in the car with just the clothes on her back.
“That is why it is so important there is emergency accommodation available – so a woman in this situation can have a safe place to live while she works out what she will do next.”
“I have seen in my own electorate the vital work done by the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter, which has provided emergency accommodation to nearly 300 women, 72 per cent of whom needed help due to domestic violence.
Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said women had the right to be safe in their homes, in their communities, online and in their workplaces.
“The Government has zero tolerance for violence against women and this new package will make a very real difference to women and children right across Australia.”
“Today’s announcement comes on top of the more than $350 million the Government has invested to improve women’s safety since 2015.”
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call [1800RESPECT](tel:1800RESPECT) on [1800 737 732](tel:1800%C2%A0737%C2%A0732) or visit [www.1800RESPECT.org.au](http://www.1800respect.org.au/).
The Liberal National Government will provide $54.5 million for research that will give new hope and support to the more than 120,000 Australian children and adults, including many in South Australia living with type 1 diabetes.