Future Drought Fund

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Annual Report

Read the latest Future Drought Fund 2021-22 Annual Report released in November 2022.

The report seeks to document the progress of the Fund to date, demonstrate program outcomes and showcase achievements for the 2021-22 financial year.

Any feedback can be provided to droughtresilience@agriculture.gov.au

The first Future Drought Fund Annual Report details the achievements of the Fund in its foundational year (2020-21). You can also view the First Annual Report Online Forum videos and transcripts in the document library.

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 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.

Next steps

Subscribe now to stay informed and receive updates on our programs.

Submissions

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

Annual Report

Read the latest Future Drought Fund 2021-22 Annual Report released in November 2022.

The report seeks to document the progress of the Fund to date, demonstrate program outcomes and showcase achievements for the 2021-22 financial year.

Any feedback can be provided to droughtresilience@agriculture.gov.au

The first Future Drought Fund Annual Report details the achievements of the Fund in its foundational year (2020-21). You can also view the First Annual Report Online Forum videos and transcripts in the document library.

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 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.

Next steps

Subscribe now to stay informed and receive updates on our programs.

Submissions

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

  • 2019 Consultation for first Funding Plan

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    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




    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.

    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.

    What you told us

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

    Submissions

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