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Coalition Government makes applying for Farm Household Allowance a third easier

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The Coalition Government has made applying for Farm Household Allowance (FHA) a third easier. 

The FHA application form has been changed and cut down by a third. 

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the application form has been changed in a bid to speed up the process.

“The application form has been cut by a third and critical eligibility criteria is at the front so farmers can identify if they are eligible much quicker,” David Littleproud said. “No one should be too proud to apply."

“Farmers should also remember that a Rural Financial Counsellor can help them fill out the form for free. The RFCS currently has around 4,000 active clients, up from the usual 3,000.The government is providing an extra $5 million to the RFCS to help meet the extra demand.”

Previous changes to the FHA include extending it from three to four years, increasing the farm assets test eligibility threshold from $2.6m to $5m and paying extra lump sum payments of up to $12,000 in installments.

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources recently announced an independent review of the FHA to make sure it’s doing what it should, and the review panel is holding face-to-face consultations across Australia.

According to government figures since the FHA was introduced in 2014 more than 8000 people have received payments and more than 3000 farmers have recieved the first installment of the FHA supplement payments.

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