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.

What happens next

A summary of the feedback will be provided back to stakeholders at the next Minister’s Roundtable on Drought on 2 August 2021.

This is part of an ongoing and longer-term discussion with stakeholders. We will continue to work through the opportunities and issues identified. These outcomes will inform drought policy going forward.

A full summary of consultation findings will be shared on this page.

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.

What happens next

A summary of the feedback will be provided back to stakeholders at the next Minister’s Roundtable on Drought on 2 August 2021.

This is part of an ongoing and longer-term discussion with stakeholders. We will continue to work through the opportunities and issues identified. These outcomes will inform drought policy going forward.

A full summary of consultation findings will be shared on this page.