Date posted: 14/08/2020

Bushfire & drought recovery: Chartered Accountants band together with rural aid to offer pro bono services to affected farmers

Joining forces with not-for-profit Rural Aid, Chartered Accountants across Australia will donate their time and financial skills to help bushfire and drought affected primary producers (farmers) get back on their feet.

This new initiative connects Chartered Accountants with impacted regional and rural businesses, including primary producers, to help them continue to navigate the financial assistance options available to them.

Chartered Accountants are offering to assist Rural Aid registered primary producers with applications for government grants, insurance claims and assistance programs.

“Our members have come together to help and support the thousands of farming businesses who are on the long journey of recovery following the devastating bushfire and ongoing drought season,” said Mark Rice, Group Executive, Member Engagement at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

“In response to the bushfires, we had members coming to us asking what they could do to assist.

“In partnership with Rural Aid, we developed a programme that allows our members to contribute their valuable skills so that they could work directly with those affected.

“There has been an outpouring of financial assistance to help the Australian community recover from this, whether it be from the Government or financial institutions, and some primary producers still need help to navigate this.

“Coupled with COVID-19, bushfire and drought are still having a long-term impact on farmers so by providing tailored, practical help, we hope we can do our bit to get farming businesses back on track.”

Rural Aid Chief Executive Officer, John Warlters said Rural Aid welcomes the assistance Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is offering our registered primary producers with their grant applications. 

“Many of our primary producers impacted by these natural disasters spend most of their waking hours looking after their livestock, crops and their farms,” John Warlters said. “The assistance from Chartered Accountants will help our primary producers navigate what can be a complicated grant application process for people already under enormous pressure.

“The grant applications will help our primary producers to access assistance payments from various bodies, including Federal, state and local governments, as a starting point. Helping our primary producers gain access to this financial assistance will help take some of the financial burden off their day-to-day expenses and help increase their cash flows.”

If you are a Rural Aid registered primary producer and would like to access this offer from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, please contact Rural Aid on 1300 327 624.

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