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The Future Drought Fund foundational programs have been announced.

We are building drought resilience through a new Future Drought Fund.

See what we have achieved so far.

Annual Report 2021-22

The first Future Drought Fund Annual Report has been released. The report details the achievements of the Fund in its foundational year.

Going forward, we want to ensure the Fund continues to deliver for farming families and communities.

We invite you to share your feedback on the Annual Report and the progress of the Fund so far.

Funding model

We will fund $100 million each year for programs that help farmers and communities become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought.

The Drought Resilience Funding Plan informs the design of the programs. The Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee advises the Minister for Drought on whether proposed programs are consistent with the Funding Plan.

Funded projects will will enhance public good by building drought resilience in Australia’s agricultural sector, agricultural landscapes and communities, by supporting:

  • an innovative and profitable farming sector
  • a sustainable natural environment, and
  • adaptable rural, regional and remote communities.

Subscribe now to stay informed and receive updates on programs as they are announced.

2019 Consultation Results

Consultation on the draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan began on 29 October 2019 and closed on 13 December 2019.

You gave feedback through:

  • face-to-face meetings held around Australia
  • an online survey
  • written submissions

We had over 690 respondents, 122 surveys were completed, 121 submissions were uploaded and over 450 people attended face to face meetings

Who engaged

Over 690 people participated in the consultation.

Survey

We received 243 submissions through our online form (surveys and written submissions). More than 24% of respondents were farmers.

24 per cent of respondents were farmers and growers, 15 per cent were regional NRM Groups, Catchment Management Authorities or Local Land Service and 13 per cent were research organisations.

Meetings

We held 73 face-to-face discussions in 23 locations around Australia. This included public meetings as well as roundtable meetings with grower groups, universities, industry, local government, state and territory government officials, charities, banks, natural resource management and landcare organisations. At those, over 450 people provided us with valuable feedback. Locations were:

  • ACT: Canberra
  • NSW: Dubbo, Moree, Orange, Sydney, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga
  • NT: Darwin
  • QLD: Brisbane, Charters Towers, Roma, Toowoomba
  • SA: Adelaide, Whyalla, Loxton
  • TAS: Hobart, Launceston
  • VIC: Horsham, Traralgon, Melbourne
  • WA: Geraldton, Merredin, Perth.

This map shows what type of meetings we held in each state.

We held 6 industry and 3 public meetings in Western Australia, 3 industry and 1 public meetings in the Northern Territory, 3 industry and 2 public meetings in South Australia, 9 industry and 4 public meetings in Queensland, 12 industry and 9 public meetings in New South Wales, 6 industry meetings in the Australian Capital Territory, 8 industry and 2 public meetings in Victoria and 3 industry and 2 public meetings in Tasmania

What you told us

Through the online surveys and submissions you raised a number of key priorities for the Future Drought Fund.

The top priorities you identified were farm business planning, community initiatives, research adoption and extension and farming youth and leadership training

Next steps

You can subscribe to stay informed and receive updates when new programs are announced.

Submissions

See all non-confidential, publicly available submissions in the document library.

The Future Drought Fund foundational programs have been announced.

We are building drought resilience through a new Future Drought Fund.

See what we have achieved so far.

Annual Report 2021-22

The first Future Drought Fund Annual Report has been released. The report details the achievements of the Fund in its foundational year.

Going forward, we want to ensure the Fund continues to deliver for farming families and communities.

We invite you to share your feedback on the Annual Report and the progress of the Fund so far.

Funding model

We will fund $100 million each year for programs that help farmers and communities become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought.

The Drought Resilience Funding Plan informs the design of the programs. The Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee advises the Minister for Drought on whether proposed programs are consistent with the Funding Plan.

Funded projects will will enhance public good by building drought resilience in Australia’s agricultural sector, agricultural landscapes and communities, by supporting:

  • an innovative and profitable farming sector
  • a sustainable natural environment, and
  • adaptable rural, regional and remote communities.

Subscribe now to stay informed and receive updates on programs as they are announced.

2019 Consultation Results

Consultation on the draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan began on 29 October 2019 and closed on 13 December 2019.

You gave feedback through:

  • face-to-face meetings held around Australia
  • an online survey
  • written submissions

We had over 690 respondents, 122 surveys were completed, 121 submissions were uploaded and over 450 people attended face to face meetings

Who engaged

Over 690 people participated in the consultation.

Survey

We received 243 submissions through our online form (surveys and written submissions). More than 24% of respondents were farmers.

24 per cent of respondents were farmers and growers, 15 per cent were regional NRM Groups, Catchment Management Authorities or Local Land Service and 13 per cent were research organisations.

Meetings

We held 73 face-to-face discussions in 23 locations around Australia. This included public meetings as well as roundtable meetings with grower groups, universities, industry, local government, state and territory government officials, charities, banks, natural resource management and landcare organisations. At those, over 450 people provided us with valuable feedback. Locations were:

  • ACT: Canberra
  • NSW: Dubbo, Moree, Orange, Sydney, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga
  • NT: Darwin
  • QLD: Brisbane, Charters Towers, Roma, Toowoomba
  • SA: Adelaide, Whyalla, Loxton
  • TAS: Hobart, Launceston
  • VIC: Horsham, Traralgon, Melbourne
  • WA: Geraldton, Merredin, Perth.

This map shows what type of meetings we held in each state.

We held 6 industry and 3 public meetings in Western Australia, 3 industry and 1 public meetings in the Northern Territory, 3 industry and 2 public meetings in South Australia, 9 industry and 4 public meetings in Queensland, 12 industry and 9 public meetings in New South Wales, 6 industry meetings in the Australian Capital Territory, 8 industry and 2 public meetings in Victoria and 3 industry and 2 public meetings in Tasmania

What you told us

Through the online surveys and submissions you raised a number of key priorities for the Future Drought Fund.

The top priorities you identified were farm business planning, community initiatives, research adoption and extension and farming youth and leadership training

Next steps

You can subscribe to stay informed and receive updates when new programs are announced.

Submissions

See all non-confidential, publicly available submissions in the document library.

  • Welcome. We invite you to share your feedback via this survey or by sending a short submission against the provided questions to the Future Drought Fund team at droughtresilience@agriculture.gov.au.

    Before you share your feedback, please read our Annual Report.

    Submissions close on 15 December 2021.

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