Entries by Dianne Johnstone


  The Mobile Service Centre will be in Kyneton on Thursday 21st February. On board, Centrelink staff can assist with Centrelink and Medicare payments and services. Our Rural Financial Counsellors wont be joining the bus this trip – but are always available to assist clients in the Kyneton area, and can assist farmers to check […]


During the Christmas period, our offices will close from 2.00pm Friday 21 December and reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2019. The Board and staff of SunRCS wishes you a Merry Christmas and a safe and relaxing festive season. We look forward to being of assistance in 2019. For emergency contact during this period, please phone […]


Changes have been made to the Farm Household Allowance application. Senior Rural Financial Counsellor Co-ordinator Stephanie Ferdelja says these changes have made a real difference to the application process by reducing the number of questions and the time it takes to apply. Our Rural Financial Counsellors are experts in the Farm Household Allowance and are […]


*APPLICATION DATE EXTENDED UNTIL 9TH NOVEMBER 2018*    We’re looking for a Rural Financial Counsellor to join our team to provide financial counselling assistance to farmers and small rural business operators in the Buloke Shire Council, Hindmarsh Shire Council and Yarriambiack Shire Council areas of North West Victoria. Please see the full advertisement below for […]


Over the weekend, Senior Rural Financial Counsellor Stephanie joined the crew from the TV Show Outback Truckers when they stopped in Mildura as part of their Drive for Life campaign with the Mildura City Heart and Sunraysia Drought Relief Group. The aim of the Drive for Life campaign is to raise funds and show support […]

Rural Financial Counsellors at Field Days this week

Our Rural Financial Counsellors are out and about this week and are available to talk to new and existing clients about our service, low interest loans and answer questions about the Farm Household Allowance. You can find Teresa, Ken, Anna and Jim in the Agribusiness Pavilion at the Elmore Field Days being held on Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday […]

More changes to Farm Household Allowance

Recent changes to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) temporarily increase the farm assets test and provide lump sum payments. • If you already receive FHA you will automatically receive the lump sum payments • If you want to apply for FHA, you need to apply soon to be eligible to receive both the lump sum […]

Low Interest Loans for Farm Businesses

The Australian Government has established the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) based in Orange NSW, which has low-interest loans for farm businesses available now. There are two types of loans available – Farm Investment Loans and Drought Loans. Farm Investment loans are available to eligible farmers to strengthen their farm business. Farmers can use the loan […]

Farm Household Allowance

The Farm Household Allowance (FHA) is an Australian Government payment available to farming families facing financial difficulty. It’s a bit similar to some of the government’s other payments like Newstart and is a fortnightly payment for a maximum period of four years. Our Rural Financial Counsellors are experts in the FHA and are available now […]

Changes to Farm Household Allowance

On Wednesday 1st August 2018, changes to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) will come into effect, meaning eligible farmers can now receive FHA for a total of four years. For those currently receiving FHA, you don’t have to do anything to receive the additional year. For those who have already (or will) used their 1095 […]