Drought does not pay attention to lines on a map and is best planned for on a regional scale based on landscape, community, economy and climate, rather than borders.
The Australian Government is working with state and territory governments to support regions to develop regional drought resilience plans to prepare for and manage future drought risks.
The plans will:
- be community-led and owned through partnerships of local governments, regional organisations, communities and industry
- identify actions to prepare for future droughts, with a sharp focus on agricultural sector and allied industries
- bring people together to share their local knowledge and perspectives
- recognise that no two regions are the same
- be evidence-based
- use best practice approaches to resilience, adaptation and transformation
- build on existing planning
- draw out regional needs and priorities to inform future investments.
The program will provide regions with:
- independent expert feedback on plans
- access to evidence and data to support planning
- the opportunity to learn from each other – as all plans will be published online
- small grants to take forward actions identified in their plans.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will partner with the program to support development of regional drought resilience plans by providing independent, expert feedback on every plan.
CSIRO will use the science of resilience, adaptation, and transformation at the local level, to ensure regions are well-placed to tackle the risk of future droughts. This will also enable best-practice and learnings to be applied across Australia.
The plans will be approved by the Commonwealth Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia.
Regions will also partner with networks of researchers, primary producers and community groups through their local Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub to improve drought resilience.
Regional communities will benefit by:
- being able to identify and plan for the impacts of drought
- being in a stronger position to adapt to changes and take advantage of opportunities as they arise
- building their economic, environmental and social resilience to future droughts
- learning from each other and share what’s working and what’s not
- forming stronger connections and relationships within and between regions
- having access to best practice data and information to make better decisions
- improving natural resource management across the region.
The program will also support small grants for regions to take forward priority actions identified in regional plans. The targeting of this support will be developed through consultation with state and territory governments and others.
We are running the program right across Australia – delivered through each state and territory. The program will roll out until June 2024.
The foundational year of the program will see 23 regional drought resilience plans developed across Australia. The foundational year regions in each state and territory are listed and map is provided below:
|State and Territory||Foundational year regions|
|New South Wales||
|Australian Capital Territory||
You can find out more about what's happening in each state or territory, as information becomes available, by selecting below:
See more about each state
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
We publish details about funding recipients, the funding they receive, and the purpose of the funding. The tables below details the payment information for the Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program, as required under the Future Drought Fund Act 2019.
State and Territory Governments
To deliver the Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program in respective state or territory.
|State or Territory government||Total amount payable||Date of first payment||Amount of first payment||Total amount paid||Total amount still to be paid|
|Australian Capital Territory||$309,569||7 June 2021||$309,569||$309,569||-|
|New South Wales||$1,910,171||7 June 2021||$1,910,171||$1,910,171||-|
|Victoria||$1,900,000||7 June 2021||$1,900,000||$1,900,000||-|
|Queensland||$1,798,836||30 June 2021||$1,798,836||$1,798,836||-|
|South Australia||$1,180,535||7 June 2021||$1,180,535||$1,180,535||-|
|Northern Territory||$646,200||7 June 2021||$646,200||$646,200||-|
|Tasmania||$771,481||30 June 2021||$771,481||$771,481||-|
|Western Australia||$1,335,823||6 July 2021||$1,335,823||$1,335,823||-|
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
To deliver independent assessments of Regional Drought Resilience plans across Australia.
|Total amount payable||$1,928,547 (inc. GST)|
|Date of first payment||31 March 2022|
|Amount of first payment||$192,855 (inc GST)|
|Total amount paid||$0 (inc. GST)|
|Total amount still to be paid (by June 2024)||$1,928,547 (inc. GST)|
|Future Drought Fund: Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program PDF||281 KB|
|Future Drought Fund: Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program DOCX||844 KB|
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