About the Rural Financial Counselling Service 

Part of the national Rural Financial Counselling Program, Rural Business Tasmania’s flagship service, Rural Financial Counselling Service Tasmania, provides confidential and independent counsel to primary producers, fishermen and small rural businesses that are suffering financial hardship, and that have no alternative sources of impartial support.

The Service:   

  • Helps clients gain better understanding of their financial position;
  • Helps clients identify financial and business risk and opportunities;
  • Helps clients negotiate with lenders and creditors;
  • Gives clients information about government and their assistance schemes;
  • Refers clients to specialist service providers including accountants, agricultural advisers and educational services, succession planners, family mediation and personal counselling, and emotional and social counselling.


Areas we can assist in include:

Farm debt mediation

Cash flow forecasting analysis

Loan/grant applications

Financial negotiations

Business plan development

Viability analysis

Farm exit planning

Succession planning

Financial literacy

Small business advisory service

To be eligible for assistance under the Rural Financial Counselling Service Program you must either be:

involved directly in primary production - farming, fishing, horticulture or viticulture,


a small rural business reliant upon primary producers for income (over 75% of income) and suffering financial difficulties, with no alternative source of impartial support.

To apply for assistance

To apply for assistance please check the eligibility criteria below:

If your family enterprise:

  • Has a right or interest in land or assets used for the purposes of primary production, small business or fisheries*
  • Contributes a significant part of labour and capital to the enterprise
  •  Is registered with the Australian Taxation Office and have an ABN thus indicating you run a small business, farming or fishing enterprise
  • Is still conducting this enterprise and/or intend to continue/resume in the foreseeable future
  • Are suffering hardship at the present time

Contact one of our Rural Financial Counsellors on 1300 88 3276 during business hours to arrange an appointment

Call us on 1300 88 FARM to arrange a yarn at your kitchen table about how we can support your rural enterprise to become a great Rural Business

Rural Business Tasmania Inc is a not for profit organization, established by Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania and is based in Tasmania.

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