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Financial support after a bushfire

Emergency Response in Primary Industries Grant for South Australian primary producers affected by bushfire

Are you a South Australian primary producer whose property was damaged by bushfire?

If yes, you can apply for a grant of up to $75,000 to help you with your recovery process.

Don't know how much your recovery process will cost? That's okay. You can apply more than once, but you can't receive more than $75,000 in total.

Emergency response grant applications close on 31 December 2020.

What to do before you apply

  1. Read the grant guidelines to understand the grant and to check your eligibility. Some eligibility requirements were changed in July 2020.
    Grant guidelines (PDF 223.4 KB)
  2. Make sure you're in one of these in local government areas:
  • Adelaide Hills
  • Coorong
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Kingston
  • Mid Murray
  • Mount Barker
  • Murray Bridge
  • Southern Mallee
  • Yorke Peninsula.

There can be only 1 grant per property. Decide if the property owner or lessee is going to apply.

How to apply for a grant

  1. Download and complete the application form.
    Grant application form (PDF 533.1 KB or DOCX 199.9 KB).
  2. Submit your application and all supporting documentation via email, post or in person at a PIRSA office. Applications close on 31 December 2020.




Bushfire Recovery Grant
PIRSA – Rural Solutions SA
GPO Box 1671
Adelaide SA 5001

Postmark cannot be later than 5.00pm (ACST) 31 December 2020.

In person at a PIRSA office

Level 14, 25 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

155 Main North Road, Clare

1801 Bookpurnong Road, Loxton

Murray Bridge
Bremer Road, Murray Bridge

Kangaroo Island
Shop 7, The Mall
56 Dauncey Street, Kingscote

Parndana Bushfire Recovery Centre
Community Health Centre
12 Jubilee Avenue

571 Research Road, Nuriootpa

Mount Gambier
7–9 Krummel Street, Mount Gambier

74 Struan House Road, Struan

Lobethal Recovery Centre
Fabrik Arts & Heritage Building
1 Lobethal Road, Lobethal

Supporting documentation

When you submit your application you will also need to provide these things:

  • A written list of bushfire related damage and the cost to replace/repair those items.
  • One or two photos of each damaged item.
  • Quotes or estimated costs to repair or replace items.
  • Receipts or invoices if you've already paid for replacement or repair.
  • Evidence that you operate a primary producer business.
  • Evidence of land ownership (this can be any bill that shows your property address).

See the grant guidelines (PDF 223.4 KB) for more details about supporting documentation.

Eligibility criteria

You need to:

  • be a primary producer at the time of the bushfire
  • hold an ABN
  • have primary production items affected by bushfire
  • intend to re-establish your primary production business
  • submit your application by 31 December 2020.

What has changed in the updated guidelines?

A number of changes were made to the Emergency Response in Primary Industries Grant in July 2020. The changes include:

  • extending the closing date to 31 December 2020
  • removing the off-farm income threshold
  • requiring more than 50% of business income to come from primary production and/or production of goods from your produce (eg wine)
  • extending the timeframe for reaching the 50% income threshold from three to eight years
  • confirming that the costs of cleaning up, salvaging or harvesting damaged crops (including damage caused by smoke, ash or soot) are eligible grant activities
  • removing the requirement to be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • allowing the forestry industry to demonstrate meeting 50% income threshold when trees are harvested.

See the grant guidelines (PDF 223.4 KB) for more details about eligibility.

Are there off-farm income thresholds that will affect my eligibility for the grant?

No. However you will need to demonstrate that more than 50% of your income comes from primary production or meets the criteria set in section 4.3 of the grant guidelines (PDF 223.4 KB).

Eligibility of multiple properties

If you have multiple properties, either under a single ABN or each with its own ABN, you can apply for a grant for each property if you can prove the properties operate as separate businesses.

See section 5 of the grant guidelines (PDF 223.4 KB) for more information.

Primary producer definition

A primary producer is a person or company that gets most income from primary production, such as:

  • agriculture
  • aquaculture
  • horticulture
  • viticulture
  • fisheries
  • hunting or trapping
  • private forestry
  • apiary.

See the grant guidelines (PDF 223.4 KB) for more details about eligibility.

What can I use the grant for?

  • Hire, lease, and purchase of equipment and materials to help you clean up.
  • Hire extra staff for clean-up purposes.
  • Dispose of damaged goods and dead livestock.
  • Assess, treat and maintain livestock, poultry and aquaculture species.
  • Repair buildings, fencing, plant and equipment, and horticultural netting.
  • Costs not covered by insurance, or costs that are more than the insurance payout.
  • Purchase fodder, grain and feed.
  • Clean up, salvage or harvest of damaged crops (this includes damage caused by smoke, soot or ash).
  • Transport livestock to be agisted on another property.
  • Apiary recovery
  • beehives, nucleus hives, beehive hardware (e.g. timber boxes) that were damaged or destroyed.
  • costs for transportation of bees – this includes travel nets that are used to confine bees for transportation.
  • feeders and bee food (e.g. protein feed).
  • Replacement of water used for firefighting.

See the grant guidelines (PDF 223.4 KB) for more details about what the grant can be used for.

What can I not use the grant for?

  • Loss of income.
  • Non-business related activities including:
    • costs associated with emergency housing
    • repairs to your house
    • replacement of personal items.
  • Your own labour, and the cost of operating your own equipment.
  • Costs that will be covered by an insurance payout. However, you may be able to use the grant for costs not covered by insurance, or costs that are more than the insurance payout.
  • Any works or activities that you committed to before August 2019.

Concessional loans

The South Australian Government is offering concessional loans of up to $500,000.

Visit Business SA for eligibility criteria and the online application form.

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Page Last Reviewed: 23 Jul 2020
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