Support for those affected by drought

Our drought affected farmers and communities are doing it tough, with conditions likely to deteriorate going into summer.

The Federal Government is acting to help them get through the problems of right now, and prepare for the future.

The National Drought Agreement was signed by the Prime Minister and Premiers on 12 December 2018 following the National Drought Summit, and sets out the approach governments are taking.

The Federal Government is doing its part by looking after our farmers and communities, while states and territories are responsible for ensuring animal welfare and land management issues.

Immediate support for farmers; measures to support farmers right now and keep them going until the drought breaks        

  1. Farm Household Allowance over $365m
  2. Rural Financial Counselling Service $5m
  3. Combating weed and pests impacts $25m
  4. Great Artesian Basin drought resilience $27.6m
  5. Regional weather and climate guides $2.7m
  6. Bureau of Meteorology radars $28.1m
  7. FarmHub on the NFF website $774,400
  8. Empowering our Communities, Connecting Youth Awareness-raising initiative and Telehealth services $29.4m
  9. CWA financial aid to farmers suffering hardship $5m
  10. National Drought Map $4.2m
  11. Drought Community Support Initiative providing up to $3,000 to eligible households experiencing hardship $65.4m
  12. Farm Management Deposit Scheme (inc accelerated fodder storage asset depreciation) $75m
  13. Regional Investment Corporation Loans to help farmers prepare for, manage, and recover from drought $1b

Immediate support for farming communities; support for the communities that depend on our farmers and are the heart of this country

  1. Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal grants to not-for-profit and community groups $15m
  2. Drought Communities Programme Extension for local projects to provide employment and support local businesses ($1m per local council)
  3. Pilot rural financial counselling service (financial planning, mentoring and coaching) $7m
  4. On-farm emergency water infrastructure rebates $50m

Long term resilience and preparedness; initiatives to build up our resilience and ability to withstand drought periods in the long term

Future Drought Fund to boost future drought resilience, preparedness and response across Australia $5bn

National Water Grid Authority established 1 Oct 2019 $100m

$3.5b to build dams, weirs and pipelines:

QLD Rookwood Weir; Emu Swamp Dam; Hughenden Irrigation Scheme; Warwick Recycled Water for Agriculture project; Mareeba-Dimbulah Water

NSW Dungowan Dam; Wyangala Dam

VIC Sunraysia Modernisation Project

VIC East Grampians Water Supply Project; Macalister Irrigation District Modernisation; South West Loddon Rural Water Supply Project; Mitiamo & District Reticulated Water Supply Scheme

SA Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme; McLaren Vale Treated Water Storage; Coolanie Water Scheme

WA Myalup-Wellington Project; Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme

TAS Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme; Tasmanian Irrigation Tranch 3


Drought preparedness - Ted O'Brien MP

Please download details of the Government drought response below:

Drought - Ted O'Brien MP



Droght response plan - Ted O'Brien MP












Go Country for Christmas!

Find out how you can support businesses in drought-stricken rural communities by buying this year's Christmas presents on-line.

Go COuntry For Christmas - Ted O'Brien MP