Shared responsibilities in drought response, recovery and preparedness

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We are working with stakeholders to build a common understanding of shared responsibilities in drought response, recovery and preparedness.

We asked for your feedback on shared responsibilities in drought support. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. A summary of consultation findings is now available in the document library.

Based on your feedback, a simple outline of the shared responsibilities concept was developed. It outlines the roles and responsibilities of those involved in drought and principles to guide how we can work together better.

We are consulting with key representatives of farming businesses and communities, governments, agriculture industry representative bodies, the finance sector, professional advisers and charities, to hear if their views are reflected. Interested individuals are welcome to provide feedback via the droughtpolicy@awe.gov.au mailbox.

Staying connected

You can subscribe to follow the national conversation on Shared Responsibilities as it progresses via this webpage.

An overview of this project is now available in the document library, which includes objectives, intended outcomes, key milestones and frequently asked questions including what this work means for farmers and their communities.

What happens next

The department will consider all feedback. Suggestions will help identify ways to improve the draft High-Level Representation of Shared Responsibilities. A revised document will be tabled at the Minister’s Roundtable on Drought in early 2022, where agreement will be sought to inform the evolution of key drought policy documents. 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 2022-23, noting any changes to either of these key drought policy documents will be made through further consultation with impacted stakeholders.

The national conversation on shared responsibilities so far

A summary of consultation findings is now available in the document library. 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.

This is how you had your say and 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

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.

We are working with stakeholders to build a common understanding of shared responsibilities in drought response, recovery and preparedness.

We asked for your feedback on shared responsibilities in drought support. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. A summary of consultation findings is now available in the document library.

Based on your feedback, a simple outline of the shared responsibilities concept was developed. It outlines the roles and responsibilities of those involved in drought and principles to guide how we can work together better.

We are consulting with key representatives of farming businesses and communities, governments, agriculture industry representative bodies, the finance sector, professional advisers and charities, to hear if their views are reflected. Interested individuals are welcome to provide feedback via the droughtpolicy@awe.gov.au mailbox.

Staying connected

You can subscribe to follow the national conversation on Shared Responsibilities as it progresses via this webpage.

An overview of this project is now available in the document library, which includes objectives, intended outcomes, key milestones and frequently asked questions including what this work means for farmers and their communities.

What happens next

The department will consider all feedback. Suggestions will help identify ways to improve the draft High-Level Representation of Shared Responsibilities. A revised document will be tabled at the Minister’s Roundtable on Drought in early 2022, where agreement will be sought to inform the evolution of key drought policy documents. 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 2022-23, noting any changes to either of these key drought policy documents will be made through further consultation with impacted stakeholders.

The national conversation on shared responsibilities so far

A summary of consultation findings is now available in the document library. 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.

This is how you had your say and 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

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.