To all Rural Business Tasmania Inc. clients, stakeholders and supporters

You would be well aware of the deepening crisis caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Rural Business Tasmania Inc  is implementing precautions to help ensure the safety of our clients, staff, board, network members and visitors.
  • We will be gradually increasing measures including social distancing of staff over the coming weeks in accordance with recommended Department of Health guidelines.
  • Our hotline number 1300 88 3276 will continue to be manned from 9am – 5pm weekdays. 
    • Should your call not be answered on first try, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we are able but within 24 hours. 
    • Emergency numbers are also included in messaging.
  • We will assess needs in relation to any face to face visits and seek both parties agreement to proceed with any face to face interactions.

Accordingly, we will ensure staff have not been overseas in the 14 days prior to any scheduled visits or meetings.  Moreover, our staff are obligated to:

  • report to us if they or their family have any flu like symptoms – we will then take steps to adjust existing arrangements.  
  • be vigilant with their hygiene, both at home and during visits and meetings, avoiding mass gatherings as the virus spreads
  • not shake hands with clients and not wear a face maskWhen notifying clients of appointments or visits, we will request being advised if you have had any Coronavirus event at your home or premises or if there is any known risk that we should be aware of. 

There may be some pain and inconvenience in the months to come but hopefully we can return to normality as soon as possible.   We appreciate your support in managing these difficult times and hope that you will remain well.

Please contact our office on 1300 88 3276 if you have any questions, concerns or wish to change existing arrangements.

Rural Financial Counselling

Our team of rural financial counsellors can assist you and your family with a range of confidential and independent services either on your property or in one of our offices.

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Rural Relief Fund

Rural Relief Fund of Tasmania: in the past has provided benevolent grants to farmers affected by bushfire, long term financial hardship and personal tragedy.

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Rural Business Programs

Enabling clients to focus on the day-to-day running of their rural or regional agricultural business Rural Business Tasmania offer a suite of Financial, Business and Administration management support services.

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Forum of Rural Stakeholders

The Forum of Rural Stakeholders fields representatives from across Tasmania's primary production sector.

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Upcoming Events:

Forum of Rural Stakeholders - Service Provider Members

Our next Forum of Rural Stakehholders (FoRS) meeting is being held on Friday 17th January at DPIPWE offices.  If you would like more information on how you, as a Service Provider/Association can be involved please give us a call on 1300 88 3276. 

Be Involved, joing our Focus Group - Youth in Agriculture 

You are invited to come and share your opinion/ideas on training, engaging, mentoring and communicating with young farmers.  Call Susan Renton on 1300 88 3276 to find out where the next group is being held. 

Could you be a Mentor?

We are looking for existring or retired farmers who would be able to mentor new or young farmers in developing skills.  Are you in possession of: Skills to manage a farm?; Financial and business acumen?; be supportive and encouraging?  We would love to hear from you.....call Susan Renton on 1300 88 3276 to learn more. 

 


 

News update:

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN for the Forestry Contractor Resilience Program (FCRP)

Tasmania's forestry contractors can now apply for funding to improve their buiness practices under the $500,000 Forestry Contractor Resilience Program.  Forestry harvest and haulage contractors have the opportunity to work with specialists in business and financial manaement to identify future opportunities and build stability and resilience into their operations.  The Program's guidelines and application form are available here or calll 1300 88 3276 for more information.

 

On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

​​​​The Australian Government's On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme will be implemented in Tasmania over the three financial years 2018-19 to 2020-2021. 

Eligible primary producers affected by drought are able to access a 25% rebate on the costs associated with the purchase and installation of on-farm water infrastructure to provide water for their livestock and better prepare for future drought, up to a maximum rebate of $25,000 per applicant.

The Scheme commenced operating in May 2019, for water infrastructure purchased on or after 1 July 2018, and will close to new applications on 31 March 2021 or when Tasmania's funding allocation is exhausted, whichever occurs first. No rebates will be provided beyond the allocated funding.

The Scheme is being administered in Tasmania through the AgriGrowth Tasmania Division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment on behalf of the Australian Government. The Scheme is funded by the Australian Government. ​

More information can be found on https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/agriculture/on-farm-emergency-water-infrastructure-rebate-scheme