Rural Financial Counselling Service

Find out what planning and support services we can offer your farm business

RURAL FINANCIAL COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) Southern Queensland provides free, impartial and confidential planning and support services to primary producers and farm businesses who are:

The primary role of the service is to support eligible primary producers and farm businesses to:

  • address immediate financial/cashflow challenges
  • improve business profitability or help undertake business restructuring activities, and
  • improve longer-term financial well-being and business resilience.

If you’ve been affected by flooding, visit Helping primary producers recover from flooding.

HOW WE CAN HELP

Our local rural specialists can come to your farm or rural business and help you:

  • understand your financial situation, including any underlying problems
  • identify your immediate financial options and discuss longer-term goals to improve your financial position
  • assist you to navigate through formal or informal Farm Business Debt Mediation processes
  • assist you to apply for government programs and financial assistance that will support your return to self-sufficiency
  • assist you to apply for the Farm Household Allowance
  • represent you, and advocate for your rights and needs, in negotiations with financiers and creditors
  • assist you to prepare for meetings with professionals
  • refer you to appropriate professional advice and support options when required
  • develop your financial skills, knowledge, and confidence
  • improve your decision making, ensuring that you continue to make the decisions relating to your business
  • work with you to develop business plans and strategies suitable for your enterprise and support and monitor the implementation of these strategies.

Our team of qualified rural specialists provide discreet support when challenges arise. By engaging with us early, such as when cash flow first starts to get tight, we can help you get the best results. However, we can also help you at later stages of your business journey. For further information, or for a confidential introductory chat, please contact your local Rural Financial Counsellor below.

OUR RURAL TEAM

Our Rural Financial Counsellors are located throughout the Southern Queensland area:

CENTRAL QUEENSLAND

Supporting Rockhampton, Livingstone and surrounding areas

Rockhampton office
0429 894 474
john.lacey@rfcssq.org.au

CENTRAL QUEENSLAND

Supporting Central Highlands and surrounding areas

Emerald office
0447 789 109
hannah.vicary@rfcssq.org.au

CENTRAL QUEENSLAND

Supporting Banana and surrounding areas

Biloela office
0448 124 016
bronwyn.schultz@rfcssq.org.au

CENTRAL QUEENSLAND & WIDE BAY / BURNETT

Supporting Gladstone, Bundaberg and surrounding areas

Bundaberg office
0439 067 944
kath.clarke@rfcssq.org.au

WIDE BAY / BURNETT

Supporting North Burnett, Wide Bay and surrounding areas

Biggenden office
0427 296 848
kim.corfield@rfcssq.org.au

WIDE BAY / BURNETT

Supporting South Burnett and surrounding areas

Kingaroy office
0448 999 742
ann.boyle@rfcssq.org.au

WIDE BAY / BURNETT

Supporting Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, Gympie and surrounding areas

Hervey Bay office
0429 186 897
craig.hilton@rfcssq.org.au

WIDE BAY / BURNETT & SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

Supporting Gympie, Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast areas

Gympie office
0428 755 708
derk.abberfield@rfcssq.org.au

SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

Supporting Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Somerset and surrounding areas

Gatton office
0447 667 812
vicki.franklin@rfcssq.org.au

SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND & DARLING DOWNS

Supporting Southern Downs, Toowoomba, Scenic Rim and surrounding areas

Warwick office
0419 732 591
micheal.fagg@rfcssq.org.au

DARLING DOWNS

Supporting Toowoomba and surrounding areas

Toowoomba office
0447 764 483
lewes.golden@rfcssq.org.au

DARLING DOWNS

Supporting Toowoomba and surrounding areas

Toowoomba office
0428 978 951
jen.turner@rfcssq.org.au

DARLING DOWNS

Supporting Western Downs and surrounding areas

Chinchilla office
0491 259 861
hilary.weedon@rfcssq.org.au

DARLING DOWNS / SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND

Supporting Goondiwindi, Balonne and surrounding areas

Goondiwindi office
0447 760 743
nicole.gamack@rfcssq.org.au

SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND

Supporting Maranoa and surrounding areas

Roma office
0428 341 397
nathan.wichlacz@rfcssq.org.au

SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND

Supporting Bulloo, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie and Blackall-Tambo areas

Charleville office
0419 737 443
angie.bowden@rfcssq.org.au

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RFCS SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND

Funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government
Member of the national RFCS Network
Registered charity