This recovery program aims to help key primary production industries in storm and flood-hit areas, helping them to remain viable and effectively recover to support the local and state economy.
- Status: Open
- Grant amount: From $10,000 to $100,000
- Application opened: 16 September 2022
- Application closes: 30 June 2023, 5:00 pm
The objective of the program is to help primary producers and primary production enterprises impacted by the February and March 2022 NSW Severe Weather and Flooding events to rebuild and recover in the medium to longer term with the aim of supporting job security, future resilience and enabling future production.
The Critical Producer Grant is one of four recovery programs under the $150 million Primary Industry Support Package which was announced in March 2022.
This program is administered by Department of Regional NSW.
Who can apply
The Critical Producer Grant is available to primary producers and primary production enterprises in targeted industries impacted by and operating in Local Government Areas declared under the February and March 2022 NSW Severe Weather and Flooding.
Primary producers and primary production enterprises who have been approved for the full value of the $75,000 Special Disaster Grant in the agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture industry sectors are considered eligible for additional recovery support through the Critical Producer Grant. Forestry support is available for private native forestry leaseholders and timber plantation owners.
Guidelines for each targeted industry are available on the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) website.
- Agriculture – dairy, extensive livestock (sheep and cattle), intensive livestock (pork and poultry), apiculture and broadacre cropping
- Aquaculture – oysters, mussels and fisheries
- Horticulture – turf, vegetables, berries, cut flowers and plant nurseries, perennial tree crops (nut crops, tea tree etc)
- Forestry – private native forests and timber plantations.
Support available per sector
- Dairy – up to $100,000 per applicant
- Extensive livestock – up to $75,000 per applicant
- Intensive livestock – up to $50,000 per applicant
- Apiculture – up to $50,000 per applicant
- Broadacre cropping – up to $75,000 per applicant
- Aquaculture – up to $30,000 per applicant
- Fisheries – up to $30,000 per applicant
- Turf – up to $75,000 per applicant
- Vegetables, berries, cut flowers and plant nurseries – up to $30,000 per applicant
- Perennial tree crops – up to $75,000 per applicant
- Private native forests – up to $10,000 per applicant.
What your application needs to include
For specific program details related to each industry, refer to the Industry Guidelines on the RAA website.
Private Native Forestry and timber plantation operators
Support is also available to Private Native Forestry and timber plantation operators that were directly impacted by the 2022 floods. For all information on the Critical Producer Grant for the forestry industry, refer to the Private Native Forestry and Timber Plantations Guidelines (PDF 617.19KB).
Start the application
After the application is submitted
Successful applications will be decided by: Department of Regional NSW.
Successful applicants will be notified within 20 working days of receipt of a fully completed application. Applicants with successful claims will receive milestone payments dependent on the sum of their claim.
Unsuccessful applicants can appeal in line with RAA guidelines. All applicants have the opportunity to request a review of decisions for assistance if they are dissatisfied.
More information is available at the RAA Appeal a decision page.
Support and contact
Critical Producer Grants are designed to complement existing flood-recovery measures for individuals and businesses in disaster declared regions, many of which are co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.