As a result of extremely dry conditions and little to no rainfall for many years, our region remains drought declared.

While we can’t make it rain, there are other ways our communities can be supported through this incredibly trying time.

There are a number of government initiatives, community drought-assistance and financial support programs available to residents, property owners and businesses who are adversely affected by this ongoing drought.

Drought Community Support Initiative

The Salvation Army is working to deliver the Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) for eligible drought-affected households.

If you're a farmer, farmworker or farm supplier/contractor who is struggling financially because of the drought, you may be entitled to receive a one-off payment of up to $3,000 funded by the Australian Government’s 'Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2' (DCSI).

To be eligible you must be over 18, an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and live/work in a specified Local Government Area.

Payments can cover numerous expenses such as groceries, vehicle maintenance, energy and utility bills, and health & medical expenses.

To apply:

Call the Salvation Army for the 24/7 application on 1300 551 030

Visit the Salvation Army website for the online application

Rural Support Training Programs

TAFE Queensland is seeking expressions of interest in Rural Support Training Programs in 2020, which are fully funded for eligible participants.

Program attendees are able to participate in courses outside of the Toowoomba Regional Council area. For more information on the programs being offered, visit the TAFE Queensland website.


Additional support services are available through the following businesses, charities and government agencies:

Financial assistance

Mental health and wellbeing

Where to donate

Drought support services information Toowoomba Region (Printable PDF)

This article was created with the assistance of Southern Downs Regional Council.