Support for Farmers
Encouraging people to talk about their feelings.
In 2014, Case IH and mental health organisation beyondblue have teamed up to raise awareness of depression and anxiety in farming communities.
According to beyondblue, around three million Australians are living with depression or anxiety and farmers, in particular, experience high rates of stress and depression compared to the general population. Case IH has also pledged to donate at least $100,000 a year to the charity and is calling on its staff, dealers and customers to help raise money.
“The more we can encourage people to talk about their feelings and reach out for support, the more the community will benefit.” Case IH Australia Brand Leader Bruce Healy.
The Ripple Effect
Farmers helping Farmers beating rural suicide
The Ripple Effect is an online intervention to prevent and also help farmers affected by suicide. Join the Ripple Effect and take on the last taboo.
The Ripple Effect is a great initative by the National Centre for Farmer Health, Deakin University, the Victorian Farmers Federation, AgChatOZ, the Mental Illness Fellowship North Queensland, Sandpit and Western District Health Service as part of Beyond Blue’s Stride Project with donations from the Movember Foundation.
Make sure you check out the website of National Centre for Farmers Health. There are always good tips and initiatives to improve the health, safety, and wellbeing of farmers, their families and communities across Australia.
Support from the Government
You might live in areas that were affected by drought or flooding and thus eligible for relief funding from the State or Federal Government.
Small Business – expanding accelerated depreciation
Small businesses can immediately deduct assets costing less than $20,000 purchased since May 2015. This measure started 12 May 2015 and will end on 30 June 2017. If you find a machine on our website below that threshold, check your eligibility.
Drought Response Package – VIC 2015-2016
The Victorian Government announce November 2015 to support the drought affected areas in Victoria with $27 million. In August 2016 an update on all support measure was provided.
Drought and rural assistance
In recent years, the Australian, state and territory governments have been working together to reform drought policy to make sure farmers are better supported to prepare for drought. Find here an overview of measures in place: