Future Drought Fund

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 Government and the Northern Territory (NT) Government have entered into funding agreements for the provision of these programs.

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

Farm Business Resilience Program

The Territory 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 Program will give farmers 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 NT from 2021 until June 2022.

More information about training will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information, go to the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

Regional Drought Resilience Planning

The Territory 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 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 foundational year of the Regional Drought Resilience Planning program will roll out across the NT from 2021 until June 2022, with pilot programs in the Barkly pastoral district and the southern Alice Springs pastoral district.

Further regional areas may be added to the program in the future.

More information will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information, go to the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

Top End / WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

The Top End / WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub will transform the drought resilience of pastoralists, farmers, traditional owners and communities in the NT and Western Australian (WA).

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

Charles Darwin University in Darwin is the lead contractor for the hub. The university will be supported by a partnership between peak industry representative organisations, natural resource management groups, and the NT and WA governments. The unincorporated joint venture entity will be established to provide overarching governance and management of the hub.

It will become a flagship for agricultural innovation in the NT and WA Tropical Top End and rangelands.

More information will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information, go to the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.


Last updated: 19 May 2021

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