The RFCS Program was established in 1986 in response to drought, depressed commodity prices and increasing interest rates, and has continued because of ongoing need. It services all types of farming including livestock, grain, fruit and vegetables. Since starting it has been extended to cover professional fishing, forestry and small rural businesses that support these industries, such as fencing, harvesting, spraying or stock management contracting.
RFCS is focused on the financial aspects of the enterprise, especially long term financial sustainability. It works with tools in business analysis and planning, personal goal setting and debt management. It can help access government assistance programs.
Services are delivered by qualified and experienced professionals who visit clients on-site to work with them hands-on to resolve issues and build a better future.
The program is jointly funded by the Australian and state governments. It is administered by the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, with support in WA from the State Department of Agriculture and Food.
From time to time State Government’s supplement RFCS with additional purpose funding, for example the WA Government’s Dry Season Response Package.
In each State the RFCS program is delivered by not for profit community groups who tender for a contract. There are 12 service providers across Australia.
With a more than 30 year working history RFCS has gathered invaluable knowledge about the financial issues affecting rural enterprises and what they can do in tough times to maximise outcomes for the people involved.
RFCS has a remarkable track record of practical success.
For more details about the RFCS nationally visit the Federal Department Agriculture and Water Resources’ website.
See also RFCS WA