Financial counselling services for farming communities


 Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ Rural Financial Counselling Service

Rural Financial Counselling Service

Tel: 1800 900 090

The government-funded Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) provides free financial counselling services nationally to farmers, owners of fishing enterprises, forestry growers and harvesters, and small, related business owners who are suffering financial hardship. ​In Victoria, RFCS financial counsellors are based at:

  • eastern Victoria: Ellinbank, Leongatha, Maffra;
  • north-eastern Victoria: Benalla, Numurkah, Seymour, Shepparton, Wodonga;
  • north-western Victoria: Bendigo, Mildura, Pyramid Hill, Swan Hill;
  • western Victoria: Ballarat, Cobden, Colac, Hamilton, Horsham, Terang, Warrnambool.

Each of these four areas has a head office (head offices are in the towns in bold in the above list); contact the head office in your area to be connected with your nearest financial counsellor. The contact details of each head office are listed below.
Hamilton: Rural Financial Counselling Service
99 French Street, Hamilton Vic 3300
Tel: 1300 735 578; 5572 4540
Leongatha: Rural Financial Counselling Service
1 Peart Street, Leongatha Vic 3953
Tel: 5662 2566
Mildura: Rural Financial Counselling Service
139 Lime Avenue, Mildura Vic 3500
Tel: 1300 769 489; 5022 0799
Wodonga: Rural Financial Counselling Service
Unit 15, 3 Stanley Street, Wodonga Vic 3689
Tel: 1300 834 775; (02) 6057 5777