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What we do

Rural Financial Counselling Services are:

  • Free, independent and confidential
  • Staffed by qualified and experienced Rural Financial Counsellors (RFCs) who understand farming and business – our RFCs are required to have a Diploma of Financial Counselling as minimum qualification, and have years of experience in assisting farming businesses
  • For primary producers of livestock, milk, honey, fruit, crops, wool, meat, vegetables, eggs, fish, plants, trees and logs
  • For small businesses who mainly support primary production such as: fencing, shearing sheep, controlling weeds or agricultural pests, managing stock, planting crops etc.
  • Able to assist farm or small agribusinesses experiencing or at risk of financial hardship
  • Able to come to your place of business or you can come and see us.

Assistance when

Rural Financial Counselling Services can assist businesses affected by:

  • Drought/water issues
  • Low commodity prices
  • Natural disasters
  • Structural adjustment
  • Industry downturns
  • Low equity/tight cash flow
  • Difficulties with lenders or access to finance
  • Unpaid creditors/debtors
  • Market disruptions
  • Changes in personal circumstances
  • Farm accidents or illness
  • Share farming/succession agreements/ contracts.

How can we help you

Rural Financial Counselling Services can help you:

  • Understand your financial position and the viability of your enterprise
  • Identify options to improve your financial position
  • Develop a plan to implement your chosen options, and implement that plan
  • Provide information, referrals, and support to access, government or industry grants and programs
  • Assist you to deal (whether through meetings or otherwise) with lending institutions in relation to:
    • Applications and contracts with those institutions; and
    • Processes relating to farm debt mediation
  • Assist you to identify the need for advice from professional service providers, and provide support with preparation for meetings with professional service providers.

News

Bushfire recovery grants extended to support farmers and small business in Victoria

Bushfire recovery grants extended to support farmers and small business in Victoria 2

Application deadlines for the $75,000 primary producers and $10,000 small business bushfire recovery grants for those affected by the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires have been extended to 31 January 2021.

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Up to $3000 Federal Government Drought Support Apply Today, Farmer in Paddock

The Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) Round 2 is a Federal Government funded grant that provides immediate financial assistance of up to $3000 to farmers, farm workers, or farm suppliers/contractors including sale yard and abattoir workers who have been financially impacted by drought.

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Meeting Water Yield webinar

Meeting water yield challenges in North East Victoria.

La Trobe University, North East Catchment Management Authority and the River Basin Management Society are proud to bring you an online information series to explore what the future may look like with a reduced water yield, and what actions we need to take now to prepare for this reality.

 

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Camps: Corryong, Walwa and Jingellic

BlazeAid is providing more than the usual Fencing help, with two new programs rolling out in the Upper Murray area. Fire affected farmers may be eligible for perennial grass seed to re-establish pastures in those paddocks burnt in the 2019/20 fires. Many deserving farmers have received funding in the first round of approvals. If you wish to be included in the Spring/Autumn GRAFFI pasture program, please contact the Camps initially to register interest.

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Regional Round-up is a monthly newsletter providing an overview into the environmental and business conditions affecting farmers and rural businesses in the Goulburn Valley and North East Victoria.

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Applications are now open for a FREE on-farm energy assessment through Agriculture Victoria, Agriculture Energy Investment Plan. An Assessment will identify how you can improve your on-farm energy efficiency, manage energy costs or build your own-generation capacity, providing a road map for investing in energy improvements over time.

Service Area Map

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Local Government Areas

The RFCS VIC-NE Region includes the following Local Government Areas;

  • Alpine
  • Benalla
  • Campaspe
  • Greater Shepparton
  • Indigo
  • Mansfield
  • Mitchell
  • Moira
  • Murrindindi
  • Strathbogie
  • Towong
  • Wangaratta
  • Whittlesea
  • Wodonga

Call 1300 834 775 to find out what assistance we may be able to provide you, or make an appointment with one of our experienced Rural Financial Counsellors.

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Contact Us

Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria - North East.

102 Hume Street

Wodonga VIC 3689

PHONE: 1300 834 775

EMAIL: info@rfcsvicne.org.au

FAX: (02) 6100 6123