Flooding: Response & Resources

This page is produced by the Dairy Australia Murray Dairy team to provide geographically relevant and up-to-date information about the flooding impacting the Murray region dairy industry. This page is regularly monitored and updated daily with latest information.

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Last updated Thursday 24 November 2022

Murray Dairy flood response events and programs

Taking Stock 

Murray Dairy is providing all dairy businesses impacted by the floods, the opportunity to receive confidential 1:1 support from experienced advisors to assist in planning and budgeting.

Working with designated farm businesses, the adviser will conduct at least one in-person or online visit and provide an action plan to the farm visit within 48 hours of the visit.

A Dairy Australia extension officer from the Murray Dairy team will follow up to offer ongoing support with your action plan.

Click here to register your interest, and Regional Extension Officer, Russell Holman will be in touch to coordinate a 1:1 with a consultant.  

Neighbourhood Meetings

Murray Dairy has been working with flood affected farming regions to offer a series of lunchtime sessions. 

The meetings are an opportunity for flood affected farmers to have an informal discussion with industry professionals about farm management, post-flooding. 

Topics focus on agronomy, nutrition and animal health, with industry professionals present to answer your questions and provide guidance.

Email admin@murraydairy.com.au for more information. 

Wet weather management and flood response resources

Click the bold text to access the following resources. 

Dairy Australia Hay Report

Goulburn Murray. Click here to access the online report. 

Dairy Australia Grain Report
Goulburn / Murray Valley. Click here to access the online report. 

Recovering from flood

Nutrition post major environmental events 

Assessing your risk of acidosis 

Impact diary 

Managing water-damaged fodder

Flood impact on grain

Flood impact on fodder 

Herd culling decisions 

Feed budgeting 

A to Z of fibre sources

Designing balanced milker diets 

Buy right feed value varies in different feeds

Three steps to better feed buying decisions 

Managing quality & supply risks buying feed

Mould and mycoxtoxin risks in feed

Facts on alternative fibre sources 

Drinking water access and quality

Mastitic control in wet conditions

Managing lameness in wet conditions 

Waterlogging of cereals for grain - considerations

Ensiling during wet conditions - considerations 

Flood resources  - videos

Farm Impact Reporting

Agriculture Victoria (AgVic) has started their damage assessment calls for the areas where the flooding is believed to have peaked. Murray Dairy is supporting this process where needed. Damage assessment reports are expected to take weeks as flood waters slowly recede and the long-term impacts are realized.

Please use the below contacts to report farm impact.

Support for people flood impacted

Please click on the following resources in bold.

Primary Producer Flood Relief Program (Victoria) 

  • Primary Producer Recovery Grants are now available for flood-impacted farmers. 
    The grants will provide eligible farmers with up to $75,000 for clean-up, relief and recovery costs.  
    The Recovery Grants replace the $10,000 Primary Producer Flood Clean-Up Relief Grants. Producers who accessed the $10,000 can apply for up to a further $65,000.

  • Primary Producer Concessional Loans
    Up to $250,000 to restore or replace damaged equipment and infrastructure, or to cover the short-term business expenses.

  • Primary Producer Transport Subsidies
    Up to $15,000 to support the transport of emergency fodder or stock drinking water, and the movement of livestock.

This program is being jointly funded by Commonwealth and Victorian Government through Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.  

  • Disaster Recovery Allowance (New South Wales) 
    Support if you’ve lost income as a direct result of the New South Wales Floods starting in September 2022. You have until 28 April 2023 to make a claim. Please check the list of LGA's to check eligibility.

  • Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (Victoria)
    Support if you’ve been significantly impacted by floods. Eligibility period lasts until 15 April 2023 to make a claim. Please check the list of LGA's to check eligibility.

  • Disaster Recovery Allowance (Victoria)
    Support if you’ve lost income as a direct result of the Victorian floods.Eligibility period lasts until 14 April 2023 to make a claim. Please check the list of LGA's to check eligibility.

  • Victorian Emergency Relief Assistance Payment
    The one-off payment is to help you and your household meet immediate and essential needs, like emergency shelter, food, clothing or personal items. 

  • The Emergency Re-establishment Payment
    Provides assistance to households of limited financial means, whose home is uninhabitable, destroyed or is inaccessible. The payment can cover clean-up, emergency accommodation, repairs, rebuilding (a principal place of residence), and replacing some damaged contents. 

  • Clean-up Program
    The Victorian Government are providing $150 million towards a coordinated clean-up program for the hardest hit areas of the floods. Call the clean-up register on 1800 560 760 for more info.


The Rural Financial Counselling Service can support farmers with their flood recovery grant and loan applications.

  • North East Victoria (east of Campaspe) 1300 834 775

  • Victoria West (west of Campaspe) 1300 735 578

  • New South Wales 1800 319 458


  • Flood Recovery Hotline (Victoria): 1800 560 760

  • SES emergency assistance: 132 500

  • Vic animal welfare emergency: 1800 226 226

  • NSW Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline: 1800 814 647

  • Goulburn-Murray Water 24-hour emergency line: 1800 064 184

  • NSW Department of Primary Industries / Local Land Service Agriculture and Animal Services hotline: 1800 814 647

  • If your life is at risk call 000

Stay informed

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  • Dairy Australia has activated its Issues Management Framework by initiating Regional Issues Response Teams which includes Murray Dairy CEO, Jenny Wilson and key staff from Dairy Australia and across industry. The regional Dairy Australia staff in Murray Dairy are continuing the process of making contact with farmers across the affected areas in addition to hosting response information events.

  • Agriculture Victoria have set up an Incident Management Team to coordinate flood response. This includes staff based at local Incident Control Centres. AgVic is actively contacting all landholders.

  • Loddon Mallee Emergency Incident Management Team

  • HUME Regional Emergency Management Team


Dealing with extreme weather events can be a stressful and traumatic time. If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out and access the listed resources:

Murray Dairy Regional Extension Officers, Melva Tyson and Shane Byrne have created information around looking after yourself, family and others. Click here to read more.

Flood Impact Update Webinars

Murray Dairy and Agriculture Victoria (AgVic) continue to provide online updates on the impacts of flooding to the dairying regions of northern Victoria and southern NSW, through webinar updates. 

The most recent webinar was held Friday 4 November, watch the recording below.

Click here to watch the Flood Impact Update recording from Friday 21 October. Presenters from Murray Dairy and AgVic gave an overview of the current situation including key issues and response, short and long-term issues on farm, broader industry update, and key contacts for support, reporting and information. 

Key contacts

Maddison Langley, Dairy Australia Murray Dairy Communications Advisor | MaddisonL@murraydairy.com.au

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