More Rural Financial Counsellors to support bushfire recovery

Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Minister for Agriculture

The Australian Government stands by our bushfire-affected primary producers with additional measures to support recovery from this season’s fires.

Minister for Agriculture Senator Bridget McKenzie said the path to recovery over the next two years would include 60 more rural financial counsellors and support workers, with an injection of $15 million in additional funding to the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS).

“We’ve seen a massive scale of destruction-from vineyards, orchards and forestry plantations to livestock herds and abalone farms-so we’re boosting the RFCS to help our farmers through the difficult financial decisions they may be facing,” Minister McKenzie said.

“Existing rural financial counsellors are already on the ground working with communities and assessing needs.

“We expect demand for these services to grow as the situation unfolds and people return to their properties to evaluate the damage.

“We’re committed to getting the right support to the places it’s most needed. That’s why we are recruiting an additional 60 rural financial counsellors and support workers.

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