Droughts come in a variety of duration's and intensities and can affect people in a variety of ways depending on their current circumstances. All droughts can cause stress to the family farm and the family unit.
In relation to managing a farm during a drought the Department of Environment and Primary Industries has a number of publications to assist with livestock management and water supplies:
What us just as critical during a drought as farm management is people (family) management. If you are dealing with stressful events you might find it helpful to talk them over with a local GP or with a member of the clergy. You might also find it useful to contact a resilience or personal support service or a telephone help line:
Looking for someone to talk to about anything, contact:
Mal Coutts | Rural and Remote Engagement Outreach | 0408 542 177
Rural Financial Counselling Service (financial guidance) | 1300 735 578
For assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week you can contact:
Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
Family Relationship Services – 1800 050 321
Lifeline – 131 114
Mensline – 1300 78 99 78
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
Other contact details are listed on the Regional Drought Contacts document to the right of this page.
There are a range of counselling services and useful publications including Coping with Stress and Suggestions for Farm Families in Crisis.
Farm Household Allowance
Rural Financial Counselling Service
Taxation Measures - Australian Taxation Office
When a drought has been declared a range of other services may be provided to the community. Please refer to the Victoria State Government 2016 Support Services guide for detailed information. Individual programs have contact details listed next to them for additional information, questions or concerns you may have.
Ms Kellie Jordan
Manager of Economic and Business Development
PO Box 201, Edenhope, VIC 3318
Phone: 03 5392 7700