Federal, State and Territory Governments have agreed upon a new framework for a new national drought package focused on risk management and preparedness rather than crisis management.


Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the new national framework, scheduled to be implemented from 1 July 2014, will help farmers proactively address risks and prepare for challenges associated with drought.


“Today’s agreement is an important step forward for drought management in this country,” Minister Ludwig said.


“Drought is part and parcel of Australia’s climate, but its effects represent one of the biggest challenges to our agriculture sector.


“The new drought package agreed on today will assist farmers, industry and government to get on the front foot. This move to preparedness will mean stronger, more resilient farming businesses.”


For more information on the new package visit Drought Programs and Rural Assistance