Supporting Victorian Dairy Farmers during tough times


The Andrews Labor Government is supporting dairy farmers affected by the global fall of milk prices and the decision by Murray Goulburn and Fonterra to retrospectively cut the prices paid to producers.

Premier Daniel Andrews today announced a $1.5 million assistance package in South Gippsland to deliver support for affected farmers and the broader community.

“We’re putting farmers and their families first by providing them with the support they need to look after themselves – and each other,” said Premier Daniel Andrews. “Victorian dairy farmers produce world class produce that we’re proud of. Farmers are resilient and proud people, but we know that even the most resilient need support during these difficult times for the dairy sector.”

The package will ensure dairy farmers and their families experiencing emotional and financial stress get the support they need to help them get through these challenging times and includes:

  • $940,000 for extra counselling services and additional funding to Lifeline so that farmers and their families can get the information, advice and support they need
  • $345,000 for grants for affected communities so they are better supported to continue to look out for each other and come together to talk about the issues that matter to them $150,000 to give 750 people mental health first aid training, giving the community valuable information about mental health issues and where to get help for themselves, their friends or family
  • $100,000 boost towards the Look Over the Farm Gate program led by the VFF and the National Centre for Farmer Health. This will include extra community wellbeing workshops and community events.

Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford is calling on the financial sector to support farmers affected by the dramatic drop in milk prices. “The dairy industry is reeling and farmers need our support now more than ever. Our immediate concern is to support the emotional health and wellbeing of our dairy farmers and communities,” said Minister Pulford.

beyondblue welcomes the $1.5 million assistance package announced by the Victorian Government and, with many others, is here to support Australian farmers and their families.

Minister for Health Martin Foley said “We’re standing with our farmers as they do it tough and won’t let anyone go it alone. We’ll do our bit to boost critical support services at a time when it’s needed the most,”.

Dairy farmers and their families who are in need of help may phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Source: Premier of Victoria, 20 May 2016