Regional Drought Resilience Planning

The 2021-22 Federal Budget provides an additional $31 million investment in Regional Drought Resilience Planning program.

Drought does not pay attention to lines on a map, and is best planned for on a regional-scale based on landscape, community, economy and climate, rather than borders.

The Australian Government is working with state and territory governments to support regions to develop regional drought resilience plans to prepare for and manage future drought risks.

The plans will:

  • be community-led and owned through partnerships of local governments, regional organisations, communities and industry
  • identify actions to prepare for future droughts, with a sharp focus on agricultural sector and allied industries
  • bring people together to share their local knowledge and perspectives
  • recognise that no two regions are the same
  • be evidence-based
  • use best practice approaches to resilience, adaptation and transformation
  • build on existing planning
  • draw out regional needs and priorities to inform future investments.

The program will provide regions with:

  • independent expert feedback on plans
  • access to evidence and data to support planning
  • the opportunity to learn from each other – as all plans will be published online.

The plans will be approved by the Commonwealth Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, the Hon. David Littleproud MP.

Regions will also partner with networks of researchers, primary producers and community groups through their local Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub to improve drought resilience.


Regional communities will benefit by:

  • being able to identify and plan for the impacts of drought 
  • being in a stronger position to adapt to changes and take advantage of opportunities as they arise
  • building their economic, environmental and social resilience to future droughts
  • learning from each other and share what’s working and what’s not
  • forming stronger connections and relationships within and between regions
  • having access to best practice data and information to make better decisions
  • improving natural resource management across the region.


We are running the program right across Australia – delivered through each state and territory. The foundational year of the Program will roll out from May 2021 until June 2022. You can find out what's happening in each state or territory as information becomes available by selecting below:

See more about each state

New South Wales


Northern Territory

South Australia

Australian Capital Territory


More information on other states and territories will be available soon.


The table below details the payment information for the Regional Drought Resilience Planning program, as required under the Future Drought Fund Act 2019.

State and Territory governments Total amount payable Date of first payment Amount of first payment Total amount paid Total amount still to be paid
Australian Capital Territory $309,569 By 30 June 2021 $309,569 - $309,569
New South Wales $1,910,171 By 30 June 2021 $1,910,171 - $1,910,171
Victoria $1,900,000 By 30 June 2021 $1,900,000 - $1,900,000
Queensland $1,798,836 By 30 June 2021 $1,798,836 - $1,798,836
South Australia $1,180,535 By 30 June 2021 $1,180,535 - $1,180,535
Northern Territory $646,200 By 30 June 2021 $646,200 - $646,200


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Future Drought Fund: Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program PDF 2 281 KB
Future Drought Fund: Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program DOCX 2 844 KB

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Last reviewed: 2 June 2021
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