20 April 2012
Recipients of assistance under the Western Australia drought pilot have today been reminded that the suite of programs is due to conclude on 30 June 2012.
The Australian and WA Governments committed a budget of approximately $81 million for a two-year trial of measures under the WA pilot, which has assisted farmers to better manage risks and prepare for future challenges, such as drought.
Farm businesses are advised to make sure appropriate preparations are in place for the conclusion of the pilot. Through participating in the pilot, farm businesses were able to test measures to help improve their management and preparedness in responding to future drought challenges.
The Australian Government, in partnership with the WA Government, conducted the pilot in response to the national review of drought policy.
Following initial successes, the pilot was extended and expanded in May 2011 to cover an area where approximately 96 per cent of Western Australian farmers reside.
The pilot has been an effective trial of drought reform measures and was always limited in its timeframe. The findings of the pilot and the recommendations from the Drought Pilot Review Panel’s report will help the government in the consideration of future drought policy.
Further details on the WA pilot can be found on the website or by contacting the Drought Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16.