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The challenge

Droughts are a recurrent event in Australia

Droughts are well-known in Australia with far-reaching impacts, affecting communities, agriculture, ecosystems and the national economy.

Reducing the impacts of drought for farmers and communities.

In future, more frequent and severe droughts are predicted for many parts of Australia. And southern Australia is expected to experience less rainfall in general.

This pressing national challenge requires new responses to improve Australia’s preparedness and resilience before the next drought.

A broad perspective that considers the needs of different stakeholders is required to build economic, environmental and social resilience against drought.

Our response

An integrated, national approach

We are working with government, industry, community, research and investment partners to reduce the impacts of drought by 2030.

We are investing in exploratory projects, as well as working with partners to investigate ways to reduce the impacts of future droughts and build drought resilience.

Making climate data accessible for farmers

We've continued to expand My Climate View, a digital information product to help farmers improve their climate resilience. It's being developed with the Bureau of Meteorology through the Climate Services for Agriculture program, which is funded by the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.

Indigenous perspectives on drought resilience

We're engaging with Indigenous communities to understand what drought resilience means to them and how their cultural knowledge and insights could better inform drought strategies. A co-designed approach aims to benefit each community and contribute to our national understanding.

Grant program to spark innovative ideas/h4>

In 2023, we launched the Emerge program in partnership with Western Australia's (WA) Grower Group Alliance. Grants totalling $22,000 were split between three WA-based growers to progress ideas to improve their water efficiency. 

See below for more case studies.

Our progress to reduce drought impacts case studies

  • Brackish groundwater systems, which contain elevated salt levels, are alternative water resources can be desalinated and used at times when freshwater sources are low or unavailable.

  • Improved livestock ranking for better destocking decisions through the drought cycle.

  • An early warning system would enable forecasts for novel drought indicators to inform government on drought preparedness, response and recovery.

  • We are establishing droughts' direct and indirect economic costs in Australia to inform a baseline for improving drought resilience.

  • ​We are integrating new varieties of wheat suitable for dry conditions into production systems.

  • ​We developed Anameka Saltbush as an ideal supplementary feed for livestock through years of research and development with government and industry. It’s now being expanded to new regions across Australia to improve farmers’ drought resilience.

  • We are driving water banking initiatives to increase water security in some of Australia’s most drought-affected regions.

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To join us or learn more about the missions program, please contact us.

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