Whatever financial challenges you are facing, getting support and considering your options as soon as possible is crucial. That’s why we arrange a catch-up at the earliest opportunity. Our wait times are days, not weeks, and our first conversation is usually within 24 hours. In most instances, the counsellor you see first will remain working with you until all your issues are resolved.
We understand the 24/7 committment of farming, and the inconvenience of taking time out to travel to an appointment, so to save you the trouble, our counsellors do the driving and come to you. We can meet you at your house or in an agreed location and when we finish up, you can get back to work with a toolbox full of new strategies and a clear direction in mind.
Our counsellors are passionate about their work because they live in the region they service, many from farming backgrounds themselves.
When they visit you at your farm, the connection is real - they are aware of local issues and there’s a sincerity about helping one of their own.
RFCS has been providing rural financial counselling since 1986 and has supported primary producers through bushfires, drought, storms and floods for years.
Our Board of Directors and our dedicated staff know the landscape and understand the issues that farmers face on a daily and seasonal basis.
RFCS VicWest is funded through State and Federal Government Grants, donations and philanthropic contributions. It allows us to offer our services for free, and independently of outside interests.
We are bound by client confidentiality by Law, so you don’t have to worry about others finding out about your personal affairs.
Your farm or farm business needs to be within the area we service. Check the map to see the shires included in our catchment.
Your farm or primary producer enterprise needs to be a registered business with the Australian Tax Office.
If you’re a farmer or primary producer (including fishing, forestry and small related enterprises) and facing financial challenges you are likely eligible for our free support.
In some instances where we can’t assist directly, we will refer you to a service provider who can. A quick call to us in the first instance is it all it takes to confirm. In saying that, there are a couple of basic requirements you need to fulfil for RFCS support:
“It’s been awesome it really has, it’s really helped put perspective on our business and where our priorities should be.”
“Having it all on paper and a forward plan, and ticking it off on paper as we go - that’s been a lot better than trying to wing it in your mind.”
“I think soon after I contacted the service I realised what support the counsellor was being for me."
"I was concerned contacting the service [about my] pride, but the counsellor was fantastic. She was extremely supportive, she was a farmer herself…”
““The rural financial counsellor lives in our community and is within reach… he just knows the situation locally.”
“I’ve become more confident over the years thanks to a financial counsellor. It’s helped me achieve my goals every year.”
RFC Coordinator (NW)
RFC Assis. Coordinator (NW)
RFC Assis. Coordinator (SW)
RFC Coordinator (SW)
Great South Coast