Emergency Aid Fund

SACWA is proud to serve both rural and urban communities. Service to the country, through women, for women by women is still the vision of this Association. SACWA provides assistance to families in need through the SACWA Emergency Aid Fund. Assistance is provided by recommendation from a social worker, rural counsellor or Association members. SACWA uses every dollar raised for this purpose as it does not take out administration costs.

For anyone seeking assistance: Please contact a rural counsellor or social worker in your area who are submit your application in writing to the SACWA State Office.


A Helping Hand for South Australian Rural Communities

SACWA is currently distributing funds for rural families in South Australia who are severely affected by the current seasonal conditions, and find themselves unable to meet their day-to-day living expenses.

The SACWA Emergency Aid Fund has been receiving generous donations from Dick Smith Foods, Coles Supermarkets South Australia, Australian Hotels Association (SA) through their “Parma For A Farmer” initiative, TAFE SA through their “Flanny For A Farmer Day”, District Councils, Lions and Rotary Clubs, religious organisations, various public interest entities and the general public.  Our own SACWA members, branches, groups and holiday cottage committees have also been most generous.

In 1929 to 1931 South Australia was a state in distress with below average rainfall.  The renowned woman aviator Amy Johnson completed her solo trip from England to Australia.  There was a huge reception in her honour and 135 pounds was given to the Metropolitan Branch of the SACWA to be used for needy country families.  This became the basis for the SACWA’s Mallee Relief Scheme.  Mrs Dolling was careful to explain, at the time, “The SACWA is not a charitable organisation.  We ourselves do not raise the money, we only do the work with funds that are handed over to us”. 

And so this work continues through to today with the SACWA helping over 300 drought affected farmers with grants of up to $3,000 each to be used for living expenses, utilities, food and clothes.  The grants have been made possible thanks to more than $1.5 million in donations to the Emergency Aid Fund. 

Mrs Dolling, Mrs Rymill and Miss Ritchie distributing relief goods to distressed areas on the Eyre Peninsula in the 1930s.

Mrs Dolling, Mrs Rymill and Miss Ritchie made a tour of the distressed areas on the Eyre Peninsula in the 1930s distributing relief goods.  Today, the SACWa is working with Rural Business Support (RBS) to direct emergency relief – through necessitous circumstances funding – to farm families being adversely affected by climatic conditions in this state.

Red Cross Partnership

Australian Red Cross is contributing funds from its ‘Help Aussie Farmers’ Appeal to SACWA to support rural families in necessitous circumstances through the SACWA Emergency Aid Fund.  With many farmers in South Australia experiencing similar conditions to those in NSW and Qld, this generous partnership is timely and welcomed by SACWA.

How To Access Funds

SACWA has partnered with Rural Business Support via their Rural Financial Counsellors, to endorse and complete applications on behalf of rural families seeking assistance.  It is a simple and easy process.  Applications for up to $3,000 for such expenses as utilities, food, medical expenses and clothes are being considered.  Additionally, for those families who have applied for the Farm Household Allowance, Rural Business Support can arrange for SACWA to schedule payments of $750 per week over a four week period to support the household whilst waiting to receive this allowance.

Visit the Rural Business Support website, or contact them on 1800 836 211

Documents required in order to complete an application with Rural Business Support

  • Proof of Identity.
  • Information on current financial situation.
  • Accounts required for payment (if applicable).
  • Notification that Farm Household Allowance has been applied for (if applicable).

Application documents provided by Rural Business Support to SACWA for each application

  • Letter of Support setting out circumstances and funding requirements from the Financial Counsellor who is completing the application form.
  • Copy of Proof of Identity that has been provided.
  • Authority to Disclose (giving permission for SACWA to be given applicant’s personal information).
  • Copies of accounts that have been provided requiring for payment (if applicable).

How you can help

To make a donation to the SACWA Emergency Aid Fund, please send a cheque to:

SACWA State Office
30 Dequetteville Terrace

Donations of $2 or more are Income Tax Deductible, if made to the SACWA EMERGENCY AID FUND.

Donations can also be made online. Click here for our online donation form.