Future Drought Fund

Page last updated: Tuesday, 6 July 2021 - 8:16am

Across Australia, $100 million will be invested annually in projects to strengthen drought resilience. These projects will:

   -   provide opportunities for farmers and communities to adopt new technologies
   -   improve their environmental and natural resource management
   -   diversify their farm business planning and decision making
   -   particpate in a range of community resilience activities.​​​

The Australian and Western Australian (WA) Governments have entered into funding agreements for the provision of programs.

The WA Government will work with subject matter experts and industry groups to deliver these initiatives and a range of training programs over the coming months.

For more information, go to the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund webpage.

Future Drought Fund programs for WA

The WA Government, through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), will roll out two Future Drought Fund programs:

Farm Business Resilience Program

The WA Government is working with the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund to create opportunities for pastoralists and farmers to connect with each other and business professionals to improve their farm business resilience skills.

The Farm Business Resilience (FBR) program will provide farmers with the tools they need to prepare for and manage risk; adapt to a changing climate; and improve farm business resilience.

The program will roll out across the WA from 2021 until June 2022.
More information about training will be available soon.

For more information about the program, visit to the Australian Government's FBR webpage

Regional Drought Resilience Planning program

The WA Government is working with the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund to support regions to prepare for and manage future drought risks.

The Regional Drought Resilience Planning (RDRP) program will support partnerships of regional organisations, local government, communities and industry to develop Regional Drought Resilience Plans that:

  • prepare for and manage through future droughts
  • focus on innovative ways to build drought resilience across the region’s agricultural sector and allied industries.

The RDRP program will roll out across WA from 2021 until June 2022, with pilot programs for the northern agricultural area, southern Wheatbelt and Great Southern Inland area. Further regional areas may be added to the program in the future.

More information will be available soon.

For more information about the program, visit the Australian Government's RDRP webpage.

Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs

The WA Government is also a partner in two of eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs being established around the country:

South West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

The South West (SW) WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub will transform the drought resilience of pastoralists, farmers, traditional owners and communities in the state's South West.

The hub will build greater connectivity across WA to drive the uptake of new research and innovation, with collaborative and co-designed projects translating knowledge into practical on ground outcomes.

The Grower Group Alliance (GGA) is the lead contractor for the hub. The GGA will be supported by a partnership between peak industry representative organisations, natural resource management groups, and the WA Government.

It will become a flagship for agricultural innovation in the WA’s South West.

Northern WA/Northern Territory Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

Charles Darwin University (CDU) leads the Northern WA/NT Hub. The hub will collaborate to improve the resilience of farmers, traditional owners, and communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australian tropical Top End and rangelands.

This Hub will focus on pastoral, broadacre, horticulture and forestry systems and water management.

The major focus will be on co-creating innovative tools, techniques and practices to support producers and their communities to achieve greater efficiency and sustainability in agricultural lands management. The Hub will work closely with the network of existing research farms in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

It will provide a great opportunity for collaboration across a unique and diverse part of the country.

More information will be available soon.

For more information, visit the Australian Government's research adoption program webpage.