Supporting Victorian farmers

Agriculture Victoria is supporting Gippsland and Upper Murray landholders impacted by recent fires through animal welfare assessments and assistance, farm impact assessments and the referral of urgent cases of personal need to the appropriate agencies.

If you have any injured livestock, please report it to Agriculture Victoria on 1800 226 226 so that our animal health staff can assess the livestock. If you have injured pets, please seek advice immediately from your local vet.

In addition to other fencing and rebuilding assistance, funding will be available to landholders in bushfire-affected communities for the repair of damaged or destroyed fences between private land and National Parks, State Parks and State forests. The Victorian Government will pay half the cost of these boundary fencing upgrades, up to $5,000 per kilometre. The funding gives farmers the flexibility to not just replace their boundary fences with a standard fence but to upgrade them, making them more fire-resistant and better able to exclude pests such as wild dogs.

The Government will continue to pay 100 per cent of the restoration costs of fences damaged on private land as a result of machinery used by fire agencies to control bushfires, or fire agency staff cutting through fences to allow access for suppression efforts More information is available from Bushfire Recovery Victoria.

Transport subsidies of up to $15,000 are available for primary producers (including apiarists) affected by bushfires across Victoria. Primary producers can claim the subsidy on eligible transport costs that directly address immediate animal welfare needs. For more information contact Rural Finance on 1800 260 425 or visit ruralfinance.com.au.

On 30 January, the Victorian Government announced a $2.5 million package to help wine growers and producers impacted by the recent bushfires with technical advice to help make the best decisions for their business, including support for producers whose current vintage of wine grapes may be affected by smoke exposure.

In the months ahead, Agriculture Victoria will continue to provide ongoing support to farmers, such as the provision of technical advice associated with fire recovery.

For more information on bushfire recovery and support for primary producers, please contact Agriculture Victoria on 136 186 or Bushfire Recovery Victoria on 1800 560 760.

Page last updated: 31 January 2020