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Frequently Asked Questions

What assistance is available under the program?
Farm Business Analysis Assistance includes an assessment of past, present and projected position of the farm business summarised in a report. The report includes analysis and options based on the current and potential future of the business. The service is provided free of charge to the producer.

Does the assistance include implementing activities related to options provided in the report?
No. Assistance only relates to obtaining professional services in compiling the analysis report. If the producer seeks to implement options from the Farm Business Analysis Assistance, they do so at their own cost.

What initial documentation is required to apply?
The application form lists all required documentation needed to apply for this assistance, for example a statement of assets and liabilities, past years financial statements, taxation returns etc.

Will the service provider talk with my lender?
Yes. The service provider may need to clarify information around the nature and terms of the businesses term debt to establish a more accurate picture of the enterprise for the report.

Is an on-farm visit necessary to provide the analysis report?
Yes. As part of the service one on-farm visit is mandatory to ensure your commitment to the service provided and to enable the service provider to fully understand your business position and financial challenges.

Can I apply for assistance if I already have a loan from QRIDA?
Yes. The service is not restricted by the presence of existing facilities.

How long after submitting my application will I receive notification?
The Farm Debt Restructure Office will aim to provide applicants with a decision within 15 business days of receiving a complete application.

If I am assessed as ineligible, can I appeal that decision or reapply for assistance at a later date?
Yes. Applicants have the right to appeal their eligibility decision and are required to respond in a formal appeal letter within 30 business days.

How long will the analysis process take?
The process is to be completed within eight weeks from approval of assistance. This may be subject to the availability of the parties involved and information. Where circumstances arise that warrant an extension, the Farm Debt Restructure Office must be notified to formalise a deferral to a later date.

Do I have to action the ideas and options produced in Farm Business Analysis?
No. Producers are not required to implement any options provided in the report.

Can I engage the analysis provider after the report has been completed?
Yes. Producers can engage the provider at their own cost to assist in implementing options provided in the report. Where further engagement is sought it will be the sole responsibility of the individual and service provider.

What if I disagree with the analysis report?
Producers are free to disagree and encouraged to discuss the findings of the analysis report with their service provider. The object of the assistance is to provide independent and objective analysis at no cost to the producer. Concerns must be raised direct with the service provider. The Farm Debt Restructure Office will ensure they have been adequately addressed.

Is the farm business analysis binding?
No. However the Farm Debt Restructure Office will undertake a follow up review to understand what options, if any, have been implemented.

Do QRIDA staff undertake the Farm Business Analysis service?
No. QRIDA oversees the Farm Debt Restructure Office including the Farm Business Analysis Assistance application process and the pre-approved panel of independent financial service providers. The purpose of the program is to provide independent specialist rural financial advice.

QRIDA’s nine (9) Regional Area Managers located throughout Queensland can help refer potential applicants to the Farm Debt Restructure Office for assistance. Their main role is to promote and assist primary producers with their applications for the concessional loans, grants and other financial schemes also delivered by QRIDA.

Does Farm Business Analysis Assistance replace the Rural Financial Counselling Service?
No. The Farm Business Analysis Assistance provides specific, independent expert financial advice for the primary producer in addition to their regular accountant, financial advisor or Rural Financial Counsellor. An eligible primary producer can select an rural financial expert from a pre-approved panel of service providers overseen by QRIDA.

The Rural Financial Counselling Service which is funded by the Australian Government often provides assistance and support to a primary producer over a period of up to 3 years whereas this Farm Business Analysis Assistance is meant to be quick and immediate review of the producer’s financial situation and future restructure, repair and recovery options. See contact details for the RFCS and other support agencies.

Please contact QRIDA with any questions on 0400 228 677or email contact_fdro@qrida.qld.gov.au

Last updated
29 May 2018