Shared responsibilities in drought support

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We asked for your feedback on shared responsibilities in drought support. This is what you told us.

How you had your say

We invited feedback from people across sectors, including:

  • farmers
  • agriculture industry representative bodies
  • the banking sector
  • the financial services sector
  • the professional services sector
  • governments of all levels
  • charity and not-for-profit organisations.

You gave feedback through:

  • a workshop at the National Drought Forum
  • virtual meetings held with key stakeholder groups
  • an online survey
  • written submissions.

Who engaged

Survey

Sectors represented in the survey include:

  • public administration
  • cropping enterprises
  • livestock enterprises
  • mixed farming enterprises
  • local Government representatives
  • the community services sector
  • the Not-for-Profit sector
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service
  • farm consultants
  • peak farming bodies
  • the environment sector
  • members of the farming community
  • financial planning sector
  • industry representative bodies

What you said

The most common themes raised include:

  • Now is the time to learn from past experiences and use that knowledge to prepare for the next drought.
  • A holistic approach to drought support is needed. There are many players involved and a whole of community focus is needed. There are a range of risks and opportunities (including but not limited to drought). There is a need to provide a holistic network and toolkit of support across the whole drought cycle.
  • It is important to provide certainty, clarity and transparency in responses to drought.
  • There are many pathways to resilience. Individual circumstances influence what activities are important and useful for different farm businesses. But, there are common themes, including risk management and industry best practice management.
  • Throughout the drought cycle, different Australian Government assistance measures are valued. But issues with certain program parameters remain. There should be a greater focus on resilience, preparedness and building self-reliance.
  • Stakeholders want to be involved.

Findings from our consultation is now available

A full summary of consultation findings is now available on the webpage. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

This document is not a formal Australian Government position, rather a reflection of what we have heard through our Have Your Say consultation.

As part of the consultation, stakeholders were invited to provide written submissions. Non confidential, submissions are available in the document library.

What happens next

Next steps include clearly defining and validating the roles and responsibilities of the key players involved in drought support, including principles to guide a shared approach to these responsibilities. The Australian Government will progress this work in consultation with stakeholders over the coming months. The Shared Responsibilities working group will also work through the opportunities and challenges identified in consultation.

Outcomes of this work will inform the government’s ongoing review of drought policies and programs. This includes through the review of the National Drought Agreement in 2022 and the review of the Australian Government Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan in 2023-24, noting any changes to either of these key drought policy documents will be made through further consultation with impacted stakeholders.

We asked for your feedback on shared responsibilities in drought support. This is what you told us.

How you had your say

We invited feedback from people across sectors, including:

  • farmers
  • agriculture industry representative bodies
  • the banking sector
  • the financial services sector
  • the professional services sector
  • governments of all levels
  • charity and not-for-profit organisations.

You gave feedback through:

  • a workshop at the National Drought Forum
  • virtual meetings held with key stakeholder groups
  • an online survey
  • written submissions.

Who engaged

Survey

Sectors represented in the survey include:

  • public administration
  • cropping enterprises
  • livestock enterprises
  • mixed farming enterprises
  • local Government representatives
  • the community services sector
  • the Not-for-Profit sector
  • Rural Financial Counselling Service
  • farm consultants
  • peak farming bodies
  • the environment sector
  • members of the farming community
  • financial planning sector
  • industry representative bodies

What you said

The most common themes raised include:

  • Now is the time to learn from past experiences and use that knowledge to prepare for the next drought.
  • A holistic approach to drought support is needed. There are many players involved and a whole of community focus is needed. There are a range of risks and opportunities (including but not limited to drought). There is a need to provide a holistic network and toolkit of support across the whole drought cycle.
  • It is important to provide certainty, clarity and transparency in responses to drought.
  • There are many pathways to resilience. Individual circumstances influence what activities are important and useful for different farm businesses. But, there are common themes, including risk management and industry best practice management.
  • Throughout the drought cycle, different Australian Government assistance measures are valued. But issues with certain program parameters remain. There should be a greater focus on resilience, preparedness and building self-reliance.
  • Stakeholders want to be involved.

Findings from our consultation is now available

A full summary of consultation findings is now available on the webpage. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

This document is not a formal Australian Government position, rather a reflection of what we have heard through our Have Your Say consultation.

As part of the consultation, stakeholders were invited to provide written submissions. Non confidential, submissions are available in the document library.

What happens next

Next steps include clearly defining and validating the roles and responsibilities of the key players involved in drought support, including principles to guide a shared approach to these responsibilities. The Australian Government will progress this work in consultation with stakeholders over the coming months. The Shared Responsibilities working group will also work through the opportunities and challenges identified in consultation.

Outcomes of this work will inform the government’s ongoing review of drought policies and programs. This includes through the review of the National Drought Agreement in 2022 and the review of the Australian Government Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan in 2023-24, noting any changes to either of these key drought policy documents will be made through further consultation with impacted stakeholders.