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. You can:

The Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool (DR SAT) will give farmers better climate information to adapt to future droughts. The tool will help farmers to continue to build their resilience not only for themselves, but also for their families and local communities, their businesses, and the environment.

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.

DR SAT will make it easier for primary producers to navigate their future path. It will enable farmers to work through an assessment of their exposure to future drought and other climate risks based on economic, social, and environmental indicators.  Based on their personal circumstances, the tool will suggest ways in which farmers can build their resilience and adaptive capacity. 

The assessment will be based on farmer-supplied information, as well as best available data, such as the climate projections available through the Climate Services for Agriculture platform.  DR SAT is a supplement to existing tools, bringing together data from a range of sources to create new insights.​

We’ve been talking to farmers around Australia on the design and development of DR SAT.  We’ve used that information to develop a prototype enabling users to explore the potential look and feel of the tool, its proposed functionality and information resources, such as the climate metrics that help to power it.  Users can provide feedback within the prototype to further shape the functions and design of the tool.

We will use feedback to refine the tool and release a pilot towards the end of this year.

Explore the prototype

Please explore the DRSAT prototype and provide your feedback on the tool.

Design and delivery

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu will work with farmers to design and develop the tool. Key delivery milestones are set out in the timeline below.

Delivery timeline:

March 2021
  • Pilot regions established in Queensland Dry Tropics, Condamine and Northern Tablelands, Victorian Mallee and south-east South Australia and south-west Western Australia sheep-wheat belt.
  • End user engagement commenced to support the development of prototype
July 2021
  • Web-based prototype launched to collect feedback on DR SAT look and feel, proposed functionality, the information resources it might contain and resilience assessment approaches.
July  - November 2021
  • Prototype open for comment throughout this period
  • Ongoing engagement with farmers in pilot regions to test and refine farmer needs, refine the design of the tool, and consult on sector and regionally specific resilience assessment approaches.
  • Build the live tool, incorporating user feedback
December 2021

Live tool launched.

Farmers anywhere in Australia will be able to:

  • Use the tool to obtain a range of farm-specific information, such as information about the status of ground cover
  • Complete assessments of their personal, social and financial resilience
  • Discover pathways to build resilience – linking users in to support tools and networks
In pilot regions, farmers with dryland cereal crops and cattle graziers will additionally be able to:
  • Complete a farm-scale assessment of their environmental resilience
  • Obtain sector specific insights such as projected future changes to production conditions 
January – June 2022
  • User support services in place
  • Tool further developed to include additional functionalities and resilience assessment modules for more commodities and additional  regions

Taking the tool to the regions

We have established 4 pilot regions to test the prototype of DR SAT and develop the 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:

For further information on how you can provide feedback, look in the Questions and Answers below or contact DroughtResilience@agriculture.gov.au.

Pilots - Questions and Answers

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Where are the pilot regions?

If you work in agriculture in or around the areas below and are interested in participating in the development of the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool (DR SAT) or Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) , 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 completing this survey, we’ll be in touch with further details.

How can I get involved?

What is involved?

The pilots will enable people working in agriculture to be involved in the design of the DR SAT and the CSA digital platform and information products. 

As a participant, you may be invited to attend regular workshops or participate in interviews with product developers from July 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 CSA digital platform
  • defining information needs and designing the look and feel of the DR SAT

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 DR SAT, 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 by completing this survey, we will be in touch to provide further details and discuss options for participation

What is the process from here?

Once you’ve registered your interest by completing this survey, 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 CSA digital platform will be available nationally from 1 July 2021 and will include historic weather and climate information, as well as regional scale climate projections for all of Australia. You can explore the CSA prototype and provide feedback in the tool.

Engagement for some aspects of the DR SAT may be available outside of pilot regions. You can explore the prototype and provide feedback or register your interest to participate by completing this survey.

Funding information

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu have been selected to design and deliver the tool within a select number of pilot regions over the next 12 months. A prototype will be available for user testing by from 1 July 2021, with fully developed tool roll out in pilot regions by December 2021.

The table below details the payment information for the DR SAT program, as required under the Future Drought Fund Act 2019.

Purpose

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 (to June 2022) $2,275,200

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Last reviewed: 1 July 2021
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