Victoria Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

The VIC Hub is led by the University of Melbourne (UoM). The hub will give farmers and communities the tools to address the state's vulnerability to drought.


The Australian Government will contribute $8 million over 4 years through the Future Drought Fund. Hub partners will provide co-contributions of $22.5 million over 4 years.


FDF Hub map VIC

VIC Hub and node locations

The core site is at UoM's regional campus in Dookie.

Hub nodes are in:

  • The North-West
  • The North-East
  • The South West
  • Gippsland
  • NW Irrigated

Key industries

Drought affects every industry in the region, including:

  • dairy
  • horticulture
  • cropping
  • beef
  • sheep
  • viticulture

Major focus

The hub's vision is to see an innovative and profitable agricultural sector in Victoria. This means sustainable landscapes, and resourceful and adaptable regional communities.

Through the hub, farm businesses will be better informed, more productive, and more profitable in the face of future droughts.

VIC Hub leaders

Directors: Professor Tim Reeves and Professor Ruth Nettle

Knowledge Broker: Associate Professor Rebecca Lester



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Hub members

  • Agriculture Victoria
  • Birchip Cropping Group
  • Deakin University
  • Federation University
  • Food and Fibre Gippsland Inc
  • La Trobe University
  • Riverine Plains
  • Southern Farming Systems
  • Mallee Regional Innovation Centre


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Future Drought Fund: Victorian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub PDF  2 392 KB
Future Drought Fund: Victorian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub DOCX  2 893 KB

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Last reviewed: 23 April 2021
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