Drought loans for farm-dependent small businesses

The Hon David Littleproud MP
Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management

• $500,000 RIC loans with two year interest-free period and concessional rates

• Small farm-dependent businesses affected by the drought are eligible

• For operating expenses and/or refinancing existing debt

The Australian Government continues to support small businesses affected by the ongoing drought in many parts of Australia.

Minister for Drought and Rural Finance David Littleproud has announced the new Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) loan for farm-dependent small businesses will be available from Monday 20th January.

“As drought continues to hit small businesses across rural Australia, the RIC’s AgBiz Drought Loans will offer financial relief,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our regional communities and they’re doing their best to serve farm businesses also affected by this drought.

“Those businesses – livestock transporters, equipment repairers, harvesting contractors – can use these small business drought loans to refinance existing debt or just keep their businesses going until the drought breaks.”

Loans of up to $500,000 will be available with a two-year interest free period. Following those first two years, concessional interest-only payments will apply before principal and interest payments are required in the final five years of the 10-year loan term.

Guidelines and application forms for these new loans will be available on the RIC’s website www.ric.gov.au on Monday 20th January.

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