You can apply for this loan if you solely or mainly sell products into supply chains that are interstate or outside Australia, or plan to in the future.
- are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- contribute at least 75% of your labour to the farm business (under normal circumstances)
- earn at least 50% of your income from the farm business (under normal circumstances)
- own or lease land and use it for farming purposes (includes agistment)
- is in financial need of a loan
- has the capacity to repay the loan
- is financially viable in the long term
- has existing commercial debt
- is in the agriculture, horticulture, pastoral, apiculture, or aquaculture industry
- is registered for tax purposes in Australia with an ABN and is registered for GST
- operates as a sole trader, trust, partnership or private company
- is not under external administration or bankruptcy
- provide security for the loan
- secure the support of your commercial lender for the proposed loan
- repay the loan
Strengthen your farm business. Take steps to access markets interstate or outside Australia. Prepare for, manage through or recover from drought.
Use this loan to
- refinance your debt
- enhance your productivity
- pay for operating expenses or capital
- fund drought-related activities
You cannot use this loan for
- non-farm assets and expenses
- paying out dividends or equity to owners
- reimbursement for depreciation of assets
- tax or other statutory payments
- your own labour costs
- anything that you have already received government funding for (except to refinance debt from a previous concessional loan)
- any other non-eligible use listed in the loan guidelines
|Amount||Up to $2 million||Term||10 years|
|Early settlement||No fee||Interest rate||1.77% variable rate|
|Apply||Anytime||Application fee||No fee|
|Extra repayments||No fee||Redraw||Not available|
Percentage of total debt — at least 50% of your total debt must stay with a commercial lender.
Frequency of repayments — tailored to the cash flow of the farm business.
Repayment structure — first 5 years interest only, then principal and interest for remainder of the 10 year term. After 10 years, you can refinance any remaining balance with a commercial lender.
Full terms and conditions are available in the loan guidelines.
Before you apply
You need to check
You need to have
- Australian Business Number (ABN)
- financial history
- identity documents
- proof of your eligibility
- your business cash flow budget
Ask us a question
We are here to help
- Call us on 1800 875 675
- Email us through our online contact form
- Check the information you will need to provide. Please note financial information for FY2019 will be considered in scope until 31/12/2020
- Talk to your commercial lender. Let them know you plan to apply for a RIC loan.
- Gather the required information. The more you provide, the faster we can assess your application.
- Due to our response to COVID-19, we encourage you to submit your loan application electronically if possible. You can also send your application by post using the details below.
Submit your application to us at loans@service.RIC.gov.au or send to: Regional Investment Corporation, PO Box 796, Bendigo, VIC 3552.
If you have any questions we encourage you to talk to our loan assessment team. You can call them on 1800 875 675
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Help and support
After you apply
We will assess your application against the criteria in the loan guidelines.
We may contact you by phone or email to discuss your application, if needed. We will write to you to confirm the outcome of your application.
If you have questions about your loan contact our call centre on 1800 875 675.
Learn more about the RIC loan process.
For a list of support services visit our help page.
We are here to help.
- Contact our call centre on 1800 875 675
- Email us through our online contact form
Read the detail on who can apply for a loan and what happens after you apply.
Complete the application form and send it with supporting documents to loans@service.RIC.gov.au.
Download: Right click on the form and save on your local device as an Adobe Acrobat Document before you begin filling out the form.
You must include your business cash flow budget with your application.
We will use this to help assess your financial position, and your ability to repay the loan.
If you do not have your own budget spreadsheet, you can use our template.
This template may not meet government accessibility requirements. Contact us for help.