Future Drought Fund

Public consultation on the Future Drought Fund is closed. Thank you to all those who participated.

We are building drought resilience through a new Future Drought Fund. The fund will support drought resilience measures that benefit all Australians.

The Drought Resilience Funding Plan is a high-level framework to guide funding decisions for the projects and activities.

Funding model

We will fund $100 million each year in projects and activities to enhance the drought resilience of Australian farms and communities. This will begin in July 2020.

The funding plan will inform the design of the programs. The 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
  • help farms and communities be more prepared to respond to the impacts of drought
  • lift the productivity and profitability of the agriculture sector
  • enhance the health and sustainability of Australia’s farming.

Here’s how you had your say

Consultation on the draft Drought Resilience Fund 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

The Consultative Committee will provide advice on the draft funding plan and the design of the programs to the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management. The funding plan is expected to be tabled in Parliament in February 2020.

Submissions

Submissions are being uploaded in phases. Non-confidential, publically available submissions will continue to be uploaded over the coming weeks.

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board (PDF 765 KB)

Haveyoursay099 (PDF 51 KB)
AgForce (PDF 35 MB, PPT 18 MB)
Kochii Australia (PDF 4.1 MB)
Agforce (PDF 553 KB, DOCX 5.1 MB)

Low Impact Technologies (PDF 134 KB)
Agri-Business Development Institute (PDF 517 KB)
National Soils Advocate (PDF 162 KB)
Alexandrina Council (PDF 967 KB)

Netafim (DOC 150 KB)
Australian National University (PDF 766 KB)

Northern Tasmania Natural Resource Management (PDF 245 KB)
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (PDF 789 KB)

NRM Regions Australia (PDF 254 KB)
Australian Soil Management (DOCX 2.6 MB)

NSW Farmers' Association (PDF 621 KB)
Banoona (DOCX, 197 KB)

NSW Irrigators' Council (PDF 185 KB)
Barry Mudge Consulting (DOCX 42 KB)
Overlandridge Consulting (DOCX 16 KB)
Bland Shire Council (PDF 423 KB)
Pastoralists' Association of West Darling Inc. (DOCX 53 KB, PPTX 17 KB)
Can Assist (PDF 965 KB)
putzrobin (DOCX 21 KB)
Charles Sturt University students (PDF 132 KB)
Queensland Farmers' Federation (PDF 298 KB)
Climate Ready Regions SA (PDF 166 KB)Rangeland Consulting Services (DOCX 25 KB)
Cooperative Research Centres Association (PDF 3.0 MB)
Rangelands Fibre and Produce Association (DOCX 41 KB)
Copper Coast (PDF 88 KB)
RDA Barossa Gawler Light and Adelaide Plains (PDF 151 KB)
Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (PDF 233 KB)

Rebekha Sharkie MP (Federal Member for Mayo) (PDF 150 KB)
Country Womens Association (PDF 171 KB)

Regional Development South Australia (PDF 312 KB)
CSIRO (DOCX, 17 KB)

Resources Consulting Services (PDF 263 KB)
Dairy Australia (PDF 169 KB)

RFCS Southern Queensland (PDF 842 KB)
Dryland Management (DOCX 72 KB)

Rural Aid (PDF 1.9 MB, DOCX 398 KB)
Dubbo (DOCX 25 KB)
Rural Business Tasmania (DOCX 81 KB)
Farm Owners Academy (PDF 123 KB)
Shire of Gnowangerup (DOCX 16 KB)
Farmers First (PDF 101 KB)Silo (DOCX, 18 KB)
Farmers for Climate Action (DOCX 382 KB)
smasters (PDF 263 KB)
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (PDF 326 KB)Soil CRC (PDF 132 KB)
Future Drought Fund submission #1 (PDF 105 KB)Source Consulting Group (PDF 693 KB)
Future Drought Fund submission #2 (PDF 124 KB)South Australia Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board (PDF 359 KB)
George Wilson, Fenner School, ANU (PDF 974 KB)
South Australian Council of Natural Resource Management Presiding Members (PDF 206 KB)
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (PDF 68 KB)South Australian Department for Environment and Water (PDF 180 KB)
GrainGrowers (PDF 509 KB)
Southern Gulf Natural Resource Management (PDF 506 KB)
Granite Belt Growers Association (PDF 552 KB)
Southern Natural Resource Management (PDF 164 KB)
Growcom (PDF 866 KB)
State Government of Western Australia (PDF 504 KB)
havachat (DOCX 13 KB)
Sustainable Farms, Australian National University (PDF 261 KB)
Headland Export Depot (DOCX 16 KB)
The Mulloon Institute (PDF 300 KB)
HealthWISE (PDF 137 KB)
The University of Sydney (PDF 263 KB)
Healthy Land and Water (PDF 112 KB)
Tri-State Murray Natural Resource Management Alliance (DOCX, 36 KB)
Innovative Risk Transfer Pty Ltd (PDF 1.1 MB)
University of New England (PDF 212 KB)
InvertiGro (DOCX 16 KB)
University of Queensland Law School (PDF 482 KB)
Isolated Children's Parents' Association (PDF 299 KB)
University of South Australia (PDF 60 KB)
Legatus Group (PDF 113 KB)
University of Southern Queensland (PDF 1 120 KB, PDF 2 2.4 MB)
Local Government Association of Queensland (PDF 1 7.4 MB, PDF 2 7.4 MB, PDF 3 523 KB)
Upper North Farming Systems Group (DOCX 109 KB)
Local Government Association of South Australia (PDF 381 KB)
Vic Catchments (PDF 198 KB)
Local Land Services (PDF 619 KB)
Western Australia Local Government Association (PDF 199 KB)
Lockyer Valley Regional Council (PDF 130 KB)
Wheatbelt NRM (PDF 134 KB)
Murray Darling Basin Authority (PDF 311 KB)
willow.ponds (DOCX, 16 KB)
National Centre for Farmer Health (DOCX 323 KB)
Wimmera Catchmnt Management Authority (PDF 152 KB)
National Farmers' Federation (PDF 497 KB)
Wimmera Development Association (PDF 761 KB)
National Landcare Network Ltd (PDF 180 KB)

National Water Use in Agriculture Research and Development and Extension Committee (PDF 112 KB, Attachment PDF 2.0 MB)


Public consultation on the Future Drought Fund is closed. Thank you to all those who participated.

We are building drought resilience through a new Future Drought Fund. The fund will support drought resilience measures that benefit all Australians.

The Drought Resilience Funding Plan is a high-level framework to guide funding decisions for the projects and activities.

Funding model

We will fund $100 million each year in projects and activities to enhance the drought resilience of Australian farms and communities. This will begin in July 2020.

The funding plan will inform the design of the programs. The 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
  • help farms and communities be more prepared to respond to the impacts of drought
  • lift the productivity and profitability of the agriculture sector
  • enhance the health and sustainability of Australia’s farming.

Here’s how you had your say

Consultation on the draft Drought Resilience Fund 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

The Consultative Committee will provide advice on the draft funding plan and the design of the programs to the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management. The funding plan is expected to be tabled in Parliament in February 2020.

Submissions

Submissions are being uploaded in phases. Non-confidential, publically available submissions will continue to be uploaded over the coming weeks.

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board (PDF 765 KB)

Haveyoursay099 (PDF 51 KB)
AgForce (PDF 35 MB, PPT 18 MB)
Kochii Australia (PDF 4.1 MB)
Agforce (PDF 553 KB, DOCX 5.1 MB)

Low Impact Technologies (PDF 134 KB)
Agri-Business Development Institute (PDF 517 KB)
National Soils Advocate (PDF 162 KB)
Alexandrina Council (PDF 967 KB)

Netafim (DOC 150 KB)
Australian National University (PDF 766 KB)

Northern Tasmania Natural Resource Management (PDF 245 KB)
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (PDF 789 KB)

NRM Regions Australia (PDF 254 KB)
Australian Soil Management (DOCX 2.6 MB)

NSW Farmers' Association (PDF 621 KB)
Banoona (DOCX, 197 KB)

NSW Irrigators' Council (PDF 185 KB)
Barry Mudge Consulting (DOCX 42 KB)
Overlandridge Consulting (DOCX 16 KB)
Bland Shire Council (PDF 423 KB)
Pastoralists' Association of West Darling Inc. (DOCX 53 KB, PPTX 17 KB)
Can Assist (PDF 965 KB)
putzrobin (DOCX 21 KB)
Charles Sturt University students (PDF 132 KB)
Queensland Farmers' Federation (PDF 298 KB)
Climate Ready Regions SA (PDF 166 KB)Rangeland Consulting Services (DOCX 25 KB)
Cooperative Research Centres Association (PDF 3.0 MB)
Rangelands Fibre and Produce Association (DOCX 41 KB)
Copper Coast (PDF 88 KB)
RDA Barossa Gawler Light and Adelaide Plains (PDF 151 KB)
Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (PDF 233 KB)

Rebekha Sharkie MP (Federal Member for Mayo) (PDF 150 KB)
Country Womens Association (PDF 171 KB)

Regional Development South Australia (PDF 312 KB)
CSIRO (DOCX, 17 KB)

Resources Consulting Services (PDF 263 KB)
Dairy Australia (PDF 169 KB)

RFCS Southern Queensland (PDF 842 KB)
Dryland Management (DOCX 72 KB)

Rural Aid (PDF 1.9 MB, DOCX 398 KB)
Dubbo (DOCX 25 KB)
Rural Business Tasmania (DOCX 81 KB)
Farm Owners Academy (PDF 123 KB)
Shire of Gnowangerup (DOCX 16 KB)
Farmers First (PDF 101 KB)Silo (DOCX, 18 KB)
Farmers for Climate Action (DOCX 382 KB)
smasters (PDF 263 KB)
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (PDF 326 KB)Soil CRC (PDF 132 KB)
Future Drought Fund submission #1 (PDF 105 KB)Source Consulting Group (PDF 693 KB)
Future Drought Fund submission #2 (PDF 124 KB)South Australia Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board (PDF 359 KB)
George Wilson, Fenner School, ANU (PDF 974 KB)
South Australian Council of Natural Resource Management Presiding Members (PDF 206 KB)
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (PDF 68 KB)South Australian Department for Environment and Water (PDF 180 KB)
GrainGrowers (PDF 509 KB)
Southern Gulf Natural Resource Management (PDF 506 KB)
Granite Belt Growers Association (PDF 552 KB)
Southern Natural Resource Management (PDF 164 KB)
Growcom (PDF 866 KB)
State Government of Western Australia (PDF 504 KB)
havachat (DOCX 13 KB)
Sustainable Farms, Australian National University (PDF 261 KB)
Headland Export Depot (DOCX 16 KB)
The Mulloon Institute (PDF 300 KB)
HealthWISE (PDF 137 KB)
The University of Sydney (PDF 263 KB)
Healthy Land and Water (PDF 112 KB)
Tri-State Murray Natural Resource Management Alliance (DOCX, 36 KB)
Innovative Risk Transfer Pty Ltd (PDF 1.1 MB)
University of New England (PDF 212 KB)
InvertiGro (DOCX 16 KB)
University of Queensland Law School (PDF 482 KB)
Isolated Children's Parents' Association (PDF 299 KB)
University of South Australia (PDF 60 KB)
Legatus Group (PDF 113 KB)
University of Southern Queensland (PDF 1 120 KB, PDF 2 2.4 MB)
Local Government Association of Queensland (PDF 1 7.4 MB, PDF 2 7.4 MB, PDF 3 523 KB)
Upper North Farming Systems Group (DOCX 109 KB)
Local Government Association of South Australia (PDF 381 KB)
Vic Catchments (PDF 198 KB)
Local Land Services (PDF 619 KB)
Western Australia Local Government Association (PDF 199 KB)
Lockyer Valley Regional Council (PDF 130 KB)
Wheatbelt NRM (PDF 134 KB)
Murray Darling Basin Authority (PDF 311 KB)
willow.ponds (DOCX, 16 KB)
National Centre for Farmer Health (DOCX 323 KB)
Wimmera Catchmnt Management Authority (PDF 152 KB)
National Farmers' Federation (PDF 497 KB)
Wimmera Development Association (PDF 761 KB)
National Landcare Network Ltd (PDF 180 KB)

National Water Use in Agriculture Research and Development and Extension Committee (PDF 112 KB, Attachment PDF 2.0 MB)


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