Future Drought Fund

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Productivity Commission review

The Productivity Commission has commenced its review of the Future Drought Fund (FDF) and is calling for submissions and comments.

The review will assess the effectiveness of the FDF in supporting farmers and their communities to better prepare for drought. It is required by legislation under the Future Drought Fund Act 2019.

The review will help inform the future direction of the FDF.

To learn more about the review and provide your feedback about the Fund, visit pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/future-drought-fund.

Submissions close on 3 March 2023.

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 FDF to date, demonstrate program outcomes and showcase achievements for the 2021-22 financial year.

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

Funding model

The FDF provides $100 million each year for programs that help farmers and communities become more prepared for, and build resilience to, the impacts of drought.

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

Funded projects 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.

The Future Drought Fund Act 2019 requires a Productivity Commission review of the FDF including the Funding Plan before the next Funding Plan is developed.

See the FDF’s progress to-date and the review process in the document library .

Next steps

Subscribe now to stay informed and receive updates on our programs and the current Productivity Commission review.

Submissions

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

Productivity Commission review

The Productivity Commission has commenced its review of the Future Drought Fund (FDF) and is calling for submissions and comments.

The review will assess the effectiveness of the FDF in supporting farmers and their communities to better prepare for drought. It is required by legislation under the Future Drought Fund Act 2019.

The review will help inform the future direction of the FDF.

To learn more about the review and provide your feedback about the Fund, visit pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/future-drought-fund.

Submissions close on 3 March 2023.

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 FDF to date, demonstrate program outcomes and showcase achievements for the 2021-22 financial year.

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

Funding model

The FDF provides $100 million each year for programs that help farmers and communities become more prepared for, and build resilience to, the impacts of drought.

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

Funded projects 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.

The Future Drought Fund Act 2019 requires a Productivity Commission review of the FDF including the Funding Plan before the next Funding Plan is developed.

See the FDF’s progress to-date and the review process in the document library .

Next steps

Subscribe now to stay informed and receive updates on our programs and the current Productivity Commission review.

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.