Drought ReformDrought is part and parcel of Australia’s climate, but its effects represent one of the biggest challenges to our agriculture sector.
At the May 2013 Standing Council on Primary Industries meeting in Canberra, the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments agreed on a new drought program focussed on risk management and preparedness rather than crisis management.
The Australian Government is leading the National Drought Program Reform process. The new package includes:
There will be national cooperation and coordination to deliver the package. Implementation is scheduled from 1 July 2014. In the interim, there are measures in place now that farmers can use to help prepare for future challenges including drought. Until the new programs are implemented the following measures remain available to farm families:
For more information on the new drought reform package visit www.daff.gov.au/agriculture-food/drought. To read the Council of Australian Governments' Standing Council on Primary Industries communiqué visit www.mincos.gov.au/communiques
In Tasmania, our future policy will be aligned to the National Drought Reform Principles. Tasmania has developed our own Drought Guidelines to ensure that government measures help farmers prepare for drought and other challenges and which guide Tasmania’s future responses to drought. The Guidelines align with the national drought principles.
For any questions or further information, please contact:
Phone: (03) 6336 5383
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