Drought response, resilience and preparedness

Drought can affect the productivity and profitability of farms. It is an ongoing challenge for businesses, communities and regions. The stress of drought can affect health and wellbeing.

Due to climate change, drought is likely to be longer and more severe in some regions. It may also be spread over broader areas.

Our plan

We want to help farmers and rural communities prepare for and manage through drought. So they can pursue a prosperous and sustainable future.

Our plan is focused on 3 themes:

  1. Immediate action for those in drought.
  2. Support for the wider communities affected by drought.
  3. Long-term resilience and preparedness.

We all have a role in dealing with drought. This includes government, industry, and individual farmers and businesses.

Read the detail in the Australian Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan.

Download our plan

Department of Agriculture, 2019

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Australian Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan PDF 52 609 KB
Australian Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan DOCX 52 3.8 MB

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Advice of the Coordinator-General

Our plan draws on advice from the Coordinator-General for Drought, Major General Stephen Day. He was appointed to:

  • drive a comprehensive drought response
  • help inform a long-term drought resilience and preparedness strategy.

The Coordinator-General engaged with a diverse range of stakeholders. His advice is informed by their feedback. Read more about who he consulted with in the report.

You can also read the Australian government actions addressing the Coordinator-General’s report.

Download the report

Australian Government, 2019

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Drought in Australia: Coordinator-General for Drought’s advice on a Strategy for Drought Preparedness and Resilience PDF 64 1.3 MB
Drought in Australia: Coordinator-General for Drought’s advice on a Strategy for Drought Preparedness and Resilience (accessible version) DOCX 64 362 KB

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National Drought Agreement

Australian, state and territory governments are committed to working together.

The National Drought Agreement formalises our shared approach to drought policy and programs. It focuses on how we can best position farmers to prepare for, manage and recover from drought.

The agreement was signed by the Council of Australian Governments in December 2018.

History of drought policy

We have a long history of supporting farmers and rural communities to deal with drought.

Read more about past drought policies and programs.

Last reviewed: 4 December 2019
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