The Australian government as well as NSW and Queensland governments have offered assistance to those affected, as outlined below.

Federal Government
The Australian Government provides a number of measures to support manage through and recover from drought including: 
•    Dairy Support Package
•    Farm Household Allowance
•    Farm Management Deposits (FMD)
•    Taxation measures
•    Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)
•    Farm Business Concessional Loans Scheme
•    Drought Communities Program
•    Managing Farm Risk Program
•    Enhanced social support
•    Pest and weed management

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The NSW Government has announced a $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package to help farmers manage the effects of the current drought, including three major elements:
•    $190 million for Drought Transport Subsidies;
•    $100 million to cut the cost of farming by waiving fees and charges
•    $150 million to bolster the Farm Innovation Fund (FIF) infrastructure program.

The package also includes funding for:
•    Counselling and mental health;
•    Critical services in regional communities including transporting water and drought related road upgrades and repairs; and,
•    Animal welfare and stock disposal.

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The Queensland government’s Drought Relief Assistance scheme includes a package of measures including freight subsidies for the transport of fodder, water and livestock and the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate.  Other support available includes:
•    Financial counselling services
•    Pest animal and weed management in drought-affected areas
•    Land rent rebates
•    Water fee relief 
•    Transport-related drought assistance
•    Community and family assistance including counselling, mental health and healthcare
•    Transport concessions and school transport allowance

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