2020 Local Land Services rates
The NSW Government has announced as part of the NSW drought assistance package that the 2020 Local Land Services rates notices will be adjusted. No amounts shown on the 2020 rates notice will be payable for this period.
This adjustment is part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to help farmers manage the effects of the current drought.
Local Land Services ratepayers will still receive a rates notice in January 2020 but are not required to take action. The usual components will be shown on the rates notice, but all have been adjusted as part of the NSW Government’s drought relief package.
The services provided by Local Land Services, normally funded through the rates are still available to ratepayers throughout 2020.
How can Local Land Services assist me through drought?
As drought conditions continue to persist across the state, the NSW Government is supporting Local Land Services ratepayers by removing the payment required for 2020 rates.
This commitment to NSW drought affected communities’ means our staff can continue to be here when it matters, supporting NSW farmers and land managers through these tough times and provide them with the best services, advice and networks to best manage their business through drought.
The NSW Government's commitment to supporting drought affected communities also means Local Land Services can continue to carry out vital biosecurity work to protect NSW against pests, diseases and environmental threats.
Our team are here to provide ongoing advice and support to farmers and land managers. We will connect you with localised, up to date information about managing through and recovering from drought. Our staff can:
- provide technical advice on feeding and nutrition
- assist with livestock health and welfare
- manage permits for grazing roadside and on TSRs.
We also assist in administering drought support packages and coordinate and conduct relevant drought workshops with guest speakers, including rural support workers and rural financial counsellors.
What rates provide
While the 2020 rates are not payable by landholders, the services provided by Local Land Services, normally funded by rates will continue. The NSW Government will provide funding to Local Land Services to ensure these vital services are available to NSW farmers and landholders throughout 2020.
Our commitment to providing biosecurity services to landholders includes:
- the coordination of programs to control priority pest animals and insects, including access to baits, traps and chemicals, advice on control methods and assistance in forming groups to manage pests
- the provision of animal health services, including animal health and drought feeding advice, diagnosis of flock and herd issues and response to emergency disease outbreaks
- the administration of stock identification systems, including property identification codes, brands, earmarks and compliance with the National Livestock Identification System
- the local administration of drought and other natural disaster relief
- the delivery of agricultural emergency management assistance for drought and other natural disaster relief (bushfires, floods).
Biosecurity services protect NSW against pests and disease and help maintain vital domestic and international market access for producers. Examples of biosecurity projects in the past have included outbreaks of fire ants and avian influenza, as well as statewide wild dog management programs.
Rates are not our only income
Rates are not the only source of income for Local Land Services – they make up less than a quarter of our funding. Rates are allocated completely to biosecurity, to provide protection against pests, weeds and disease and to maintain vital market access for producers.
As well as landholder rates, the NSW Government provides funding to support our core functions and through the Catchment Action NSW program.
Catchment Action NSW provides on-ground programs to support biodiversity, native vegetation, threatened species and Aboriginal cultural heritage initiatives.
The Australian Government also contributes funding through the National Landcare Program, which helps drive sustainable agriculture, as well as supporting the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of Australia’s natural environment.