At Lonsdale Agribusiness we are here to help you apply for subsidies, grants, and loans, all of which will help ease the challenges that each and everyone is facing with the current drought.

Lonsdale Agribusiness will streamline the process of applying for these subsidies, grants and loans expertly assisting with these time-consuming activities and allowing you to better focus on managing your business. Give us a call today.

Farm Investment Loans

Farm Investment Loans

Farm investment loans are offered by the Australian Government

The purpose of the loan is to help primary producers with drought-declared properties to:

Strengthen your farm business. Take steps to access markets interstate or outside Australia. Prepare for, manage through or recover from drought.

Use this loan to:

  • refinance your debt.
  • enhance your productivity.
  • pay for operating expenses or capital.
  • fund drought-related activities.
Contact us to learn more and how we can help you apply for this. 

Sustainability Loan – Primary Producer

Sustainability Loan- Primary Producer
Sustainability Loans
provide you with finance up to $1,300,000 to assist in achieving a more productive and sustainable primary production enterprise.

Improving enterprise efficiencies
Make your land work better for you by building fences, dams, storage facilities, improving irrigation, or establishing additional water points.
Implement on-farm value adding or supply chain initiatives to ensure your enterprise continues to be successful for years to come.

Upgrading or diversifying operations
Upgrade operations to improve productivity – buy or replace plant or machinery as part of your farm business planning, or diversify your operations.
If you would like to purchase livestock or machinery, QRIDA can lend for these purchases. You can also expand your enterprise in stages to best meet your cashflow.

Achieve long-term sustainability
Purchase equipment to meet environmental requirements, or drought/flood ‘proof’ your property. Implement sustainable resource management practices, including alternative energy systems to achieve long-term sustainability.

Joint lending with your bank
QRIDA will consider joint lending options with your bank or other commercial lenders. If you require more than $1.3 million or partial funding from QRIDA for a specific project or activity, please discuss your options with us.

What can I use the loan for?
A range of activities that enable you to expand current operations to improve productivity or long-term sustainability, are eligible.

Please discuss your farming needs with us to find out how our loans can best suit you.

Contact us to learn more and how we can help you apply for this. 

Drought Loans

Drought Loans

A drought loan is designed to prepare for drought by managing or recovering from the effects of drought.

Use this loan to

  • fund drought-related activities
  • refinance your debt
  • enhance your productivity
  • pay for operating expenses or capital

To apply for this loan you must have a drought management plan and we can assist you with this. With this loan you can access up to $2,000,000 for a term of 10 years (terms and conditions apply).

We are here to help you apply for this assistance.
Contact us to learn more and how we can help you apply for this. 

Drought Relief Assistance Scheme

The Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) is offered by the Queensland Government and administered by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

The purpose of the scheme is to help primary producers with drought-declared properties to:

  • manage the welfare of their core breeding herd during drought.
  • restore their herds after drought.

Producers with a property that is currently drought declared may be eligible for:

  • freight subsidies for transporting fodder.
  • freight subsidies for transporting water.
  • the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR), which provides a rebate on the purchase and installation of water infrastructure installed for emergency animal welfare needs.
The maximum amount available under DRAS is initially a total of $20,000 per property, per financial year.
If you reach the $20,000 limit for your property, you can apply to extend the limit up to $50,000 depending on the length of time your property has been in drought. To do this, you will need a drought management plan (DMP) for your property and have it endorsed by a DAF officer. We can help you with a drought management plan. Once your DMP is endorsed, the applicable ceiling applies to the entire current financial year and later financial years.
Contact us to learn more and how we can help you apply for this. 

Primary Producer Consession- Queensland Transport

Primary Producer Consession- Queensland Transport

This concession is available  if you are involved mainly in the primary production of raw materials for clothing  or food. Vehicles must be registered in your name and must be used solely in connection to your business as a primary producer. This concession can be applied to more than 1 vehicle.

Eligible vehicles for this  concession are:

  • prime movers or trucks with a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 6t or  more
  • trailers with an aggregate trailer mass (ATM)  over 4.5t.
Contact us to learn more and how we can help you apply for this. 

Australian Dam Desilting Rebate

Australian Dam Desilting Rebate

Australian dam desilting rebate for livestock producers.

The Dam Desilting Rebate provides a rebate of up to 25 per cent of the cost of a private contractor to desilt your dam on your drought-declared property up to a maximum of amount of $25,000 per Property Identification Code (PIC), per financial year. Your dam must be primarily used for livestock.  More information regarding the rebate including qualifying and applying can be found in the guidelines.

The Dam Desilting Rebate is funded by the Australian Government and is administered by the Queensland Government (in Queensland only).

It is recommended that you obtain an endorsed Dam Desilting Statement before paying for dam desilting. The statement provides assurance that the proposed desilting activity can be considered for the rebate and is within the typical range of costs for dam desilting. We can help you with applying for this rebate.

Contact us to learn more and how we can help you apply for this. 

Drought Relief from Electricity Charges Scheme (DRECS)

Drought Relief from Electricity Charges Scheme

The Drought Relief from Electricity Charges Scheme (DRECS) provides relief from supply charges on electricity accounts that are used to pump water for farm or irrigation purposes.

Financial assistance is available to account holders who do not have access to, or have severely restricted access to, farm or irrigation water in drought-declared areas, or properties that have been individually drought-declared.
We are here to help you apply for this assistance.
Contact us to learn more and how we can help you apply for this. 

 If you have further questions or want a free confidential chat about your business don’t hesitate to contact us.