Future Drought Fund

Page last updated: Wednesday, 29 June 2022 - 1:44pm

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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
   -   participate 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.

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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 help farmers identify gaps in their business strategy and provide them 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. For more information, visit to the Australian Government's FBR webpage

WA Farm Business Resilience workshops

New Farm Business Resilience workshops, delivered by Value Creators, are being offered to WA primary producers to build their skills, knowledge and confidence to improve business management capacity and resilience to climate change.

Participants will work with experts to develop drought resilience plans, tailored to their enterprise needs, which help to prepare for and manage risk, adapt to a changing climate and improve economic, environmental and social resilience.

The program provides a heavily subsidised fee with a notional co-contribution of $500 for eligible participants to attend.

All primary producers, including those that participated in the former WA Drought Pilot programs are encouraged to attend.

Register here for the workshops

FBR workshop dates 2022

Workshop

Date

Peel Workshop 1                  

15-16 August

Peel Workshop 2                 

29-30 August

Carnarvon Workshop 1      

27-28 June

Carnarvon Workshop 2      

26-27 July

Perth Workshop 1              

4-5 July

Perth Workshop 2               

10-11 August

Regional Drought Resilience Planning program

The WA Government, through DPIRD, 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 is one of the foundational programs under the Future Drought Fund in 2021-22. The program has been allocated $9.85 million nationally in the 2021-22. 

In WA, DPIRD has engaged Regional Development Commissions to roll out the RDRP program in the three pilot regions - Mid West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt.

The program will support partnerships of regional organisations, local government, communities and industry to develop Regional Drought Resilience Plans. The plans will help to ensure that regional communities:

  • are prepared for and more resilient to future droughts
  • build environmental, economic and social resilience to droughts
  • identify innovative and transformative drought projects to guide future investments
  • improve natural resource management.

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

For more details about the program in WA, view the RDRP FAQs.

Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs

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

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

South West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

The South-West (SW) WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub will be led by the Grower Group Alliance (GGA), and supported by a partnership between peak industry representative organisations, natural resource management groups, and the WA Government.

It will transform the drought resilience of pastoralists, farmers, traditional owners and communities and become a flagship for agricultural innovation in the WA’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 SWWA Hub has appointed Regional Node Leads, which will provide guidance on priority issues impacting the drought and climate resilience of farming systems, their industries and communities. Node Lead positions are aligned with Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development office locations.

Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) comprise skills-based representatives of agricultural industries for each of four agro-ecological zones in the area covered by the Hub. Through their knowledge and expertise, they will provide guidance to the Hub on priority issues impacting the drought and climate resilience of farming systems, their industries and communities.

For more information, visit the SWWA Drought Hub: gga.org.au/activity/drought-hub/

Northern WA/Northern Territory Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

Charles Darwin University (CDU) leads the Northern WA/NT Hub supported by a consortium of  core partners including industry bodies (Kimberly Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association, Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, Northern Territory Farmers Association) as well as NRM organisations (Territory NRM, WA Rangelands NRM), Regional Development Australia and government agencies (WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the NT Department of Industry Tourism and Trade).

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.
For more information, visit the NWANT Drought Hub: nwanthub.org.au/

FDF: new online tools

The FDF has two key programs designed to help farmers and people on the land prepare for the future, to make climate information more accessible and useful for farmers, industry, and rural and regional communities.

  • Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) tool -  a new CSA tool, developed by BOM & CSIRO, provides farmers with historical climate data, seasonal forecasts, and future climate projections at a 5km2 resolution, delivered in a user-friendly interactive platform. Farmers can easily assess how climate variables could change in future. Visit the Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) prototype or to help shape its development, contact csaenquiries@csiro.au.
  • Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool (DR.SAT) - DR.SAT is an online drought resilience tool to farmers to prepare for future droughts. It has a wealth of resources spanning financial, environmental and personal aspects of farming to give you more options in a changing climate. Check it out at: drsat.com.au