Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool

The 2021-22 Federal Budget provides an additional $7 million from 2021-22 to 2023-24  to continue the development of the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool.

 

Provide your input to the design of digital tools

Our service providers, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO through the linked Climate Services for Agriculture program are looking for people working in agriculture to participate in user co-design processes and other engagement activity up until June 2022.

This includes farmers, farm advisers and natural resource managers, as well as businesses servicing agriculture, such as agricultural suppliers and people working in business financing and banking.

Different options will be available for participation, depending on your time, interest and availability.

Australia is increasingly vulnerable to drought and the impacts of changing climate conditions. The challenge of managing drought and other extreme climatic events means our primary producers need tools to plan and manage their livelihoods. The Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool (DR SAT) is one of several programs announced under the Future Drought Fund to address this challenge.

A tool to inform and build resilience

The Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool will provide accessible information and an online drought resilience assessment capability for primary producers. It will bring together best available data, information and analytical methods to deliver new strategic insights to inform decisions.

It will aim to strengthen the social, economic and environmental resilience of primary producers and communities by delivering information and support that is meaningful and actionable at the farm level.

Design and delivery

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu have been selected to design and deliver the tool within a select number of pilot regions over the next 18 months. A prototype will be available for user testing by June 2021, with fully developed tool roll out in pilot regions by December 2021.

The table below details the payment information for the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool program, as required under the Future Drought Fund Act 2019.

To develop the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool, which will provide accessible information and an online drought resilience assessment capability for primary producers.

Description: Amount:
Total amount payable $2,880,000
Date of first payment 01/03/2021
Amount of first payment $144,000
Total amount paid $432,000
Total amount still to be paid $2,275,200

User engagement in pilot regions

Four pilot regions will be established to engage users in the co-design of information products and decision support tools, for the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool and related Climate Services for Agriculture platform.

Pilot regions are located in the following areas:

  • Queensland Dry Tropics – including the Burdekin Dry Tropics Region. Key centres include Townsville, Charters Towers and Bowen.
  • Condamine and the Northern Tablelands – Condamine catchment and Northern Tablelands NRM regions. Key centres include Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Warwick, Armidale and Glen Innes.
  • Victorian Mallee and south-east South Australia – including the Sunraysia and Wimmera / Mallee regions of Victoria and Riverland and Mallee regions of South Australia.  Key centres include Mildura, Swan Hill, Renmark, Berri, Ouyen and Horsham.
  • South-west Western Australia Sheep-Wheat Belt – including the Wheatbelt NRM region and surrounding areas. Key centres include Northam and Narrogin.

Indicative boundaries are shown on the map below:

Further information on how to participate is provided in the Questions and Answers (below), or can be obtained by contacting DroughtResilience@agriculture.gov.au.

Pilots - Questions and Answers

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Where are the pilot regions?

If you’re working in agriculture in or around the following areas and are interested in participating in the development of the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool or Climate Services for Agriculture, we’d love to hear from you:

  • Queensland Dry Tropics – including the Burdekin Dry Tropics Region. Key centres include Townsville, Charters Towers and Bowen.
  • Condamine and the Northern Tablelands – Condamine catchment and Northern Tablelands NRM regions. Key centres include Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Warwick, Armidale and Glen Innes.
  • Victorian Mallee and south-east South Australia – including the Sunraysia and Wimmera / Mallee regions of Victoria and Riverland and Mallee regions of South Australia.  Key centres include Mildura, Swan Hill, Renmark, Berri, Ouyen and Horsham.
     
  • South-west Western Australia Sheep-Wheat Belt – including the Wheatbelt NRM region and surrounding areas. Key centres include Northam and Narrogin.

Am I eligible to participate?

We’re looking for people working in agriculture in each pilot region to participate in user-engagement activities up until June 2022.

This includes farmers, farm advisers and natural resource managers, as well as businesses servicing agriculture, such as agricultural suppliers and people working in business financing and banking.

Different options will be available for participation, depending on your time, interest and availability – however, access to a computer with internet connection will be needed. 

Once you’ve registered your interest by emailing DroughtResilience@agriculture.gov.au, we’ll be in touch with further details.

How can I get involved?

For more information or to express your interest in participating, please email DroughtResilience@agriculture.gov.au.

What is involved?

The pilots will enable people working in agriculture to be involved in the design of the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool and the Climate Services for Agriculture digital platform and information products. 

As a participant, you may be invited to attend regular workshops or participate in interviews with product developers from March 2021 to June 2022. Depending on your time, interest and availability, you could be involved in:

  • helping to develop climate information products, to assist farm businesses understand future climate and how that could impact the key commodities in their region
  • providing input into the design, function and content of the new Climate Services for Agriculture digital platform
  • defining information needs and designing the look and feel of the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool

Key activities are likely to include:

  • online and/or face-to-face group workshops
  • one-on-one interviews
  • website testing, surveys and other online activities

How much time will I need to commit?

This will depend on the type of activity you are involved in, your interests and availability.

For the CSA platform and climate information work, we ask that you are prepared to commit around 3 - 5  hours per month, from March 2021 up until June 2022.

For the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool, we will work around your needs and availability.  There may be an opportunity to join a workshop with other participants.  

Where will activities be held?

Activities could occur online, in-person or over the phone.

Once you’ve registered your interest, we will be in touch to provide further details and discuss options for participation. 

What is the process from here?

We anticipate that initial engagement will commence throughout March and April 2021. Once you’ve registered your interest, we will be in touch to provide further details.

I live outside of a pilot region. What will these programs do for me?

You can still get involved, even if you live outside of a pilot region. The prototype Climate Services for Agriculture digital platform will be available nationally by 30 June 2021 and will include historic weather and climate information, as well as regional scale climate projections for all of Australia.

Engagement for some aspects of the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool may be available outside of pilot regions.

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Last reviewed: 12 May 2021
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