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Drought Community Support Initiative

Drought Community Support Initiative

The Salvation Army is working together with St Vincent de Paul Society to deliver the Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) for eligible drought-affected households.

If you're a farmer, farm worker, farm supplier/contractor, abattoir worker or sale yard worker  who is struggling financially because of the drought, you may be entitled to receive a one-off payment of up to $3,000 funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2 (DCSI).

To be eligible you'll need to be over 18, an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and live/work in a specified Local Government Area (LGA). 

Payments can cover numerous expenses such as groceries, vehicle maintenance, energy & utility bills, health & medical expenses, for example.

Please note that assistance might be provided by either The Salvation Army or Vinnies, depending on your Local Government Area (LGA). The list of eligble LGAs and which organisation you should approach can be found hereUpon completion of your application for financial assistance you may be required to submit a valid form of I.D.

If you have any questions ahead of filling out an online application, you can call the Drought Community Support team on 1300 551 030

The drought assistance team is currently experiencing a high volume of enquiries. If you have already applied, we ask that you please refrain from contacting us to check on the status of your application. We are working to process all applications as quickly as we can.

Only one application is permitted per household. Please tick below to confirm that your household has not received Drought Community Support Initiative assistance since 19 November 2019. If you are unsure, please call the Drought Community Support team on 1300 551 030.

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