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.
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.
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, and are 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.
Assessing drought's economic costs
We've outlined an extensive scientific review on drought economics in The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. It's contributing greater knowledge and understanding of droughts’ economic impacts and how we can measure improvements to reduce them over time.
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.
Expanding adoption of Anameka Saltbush
In partnership with government and industry, we are driving adoption of supplementary feed, Anameka Saltbush, to support livestock farmers through dry conditions and drought. Building on success in Western Australia, hundreds of thousands of Anameka Saltbush are being planted in new Eastern regions.
Driving water banking initiatives
Water banking could improve water security in our regional communities, but R&D is needed to identify suitable sites, demonstrate initiatives and inform policy. Recent outcomes include an Australasian Journal of Water Resources that identifies the key enablers to operationalise water banking in the Murray Darling Basin.