2015 NSW Drought Strategy
An extensive suite of innovative drought preparedness measures for NSW primary producers will be rolled out across NSW, putting in place a long-term, fully funded strategy which helps support farmers.
Drought can have a devastating impact on primary producers, communities and regional economies and the NSW Government is committed to supporting our farming sector to better prepare for and manage in times of drought.
The NSW Drought Strategy will support the State's farmers to become more resilient and better prepared for future droughts, to improve their business and reduce risks, by delivering a more transparent and targeted system of drought support.
Valued at well over $300 million, the NSW Drought Strategy will provide key assistance measures for primary producers over the next five years.
The NSW Drought Strategy delivers a range of new measures under three key areas:
Supporting farmers to prepare for and manage drought
- $250 million over five years to continue the popular Farm Innovation Fund.
- $45 million over five years for vocational training and farm business planning.
- $2.5 million to work with the Bureau of Meteorology to develop an enhanced network of weather stations across the State – giving NSW the best weather technology anywhere in Australia.
- Work with the Commonwealth Government and farming communities to put in place an environment that encourages the development of a commercial multi-peril insurance sector for our cropping sector.
- $5 million over five years to provide transport assistance for animal welfare and donated fodder within NSW.
- Ongoing investment in research and development programs through the Department of Primary Industries – building on breakthroughs in drought resistant crops and water efficiency.
Committing to a transparent and accountable system of drought assistance
- Develop a structured framework of triggers and guiding principles to coordinate whole-of-government drought response measures, which will be developed in consultation with industry and published to ensure transparency.
- NSW drought assistance measures will be reviewed by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.
Helping our primary producers and regional communities build resilience
- $5 million over five years has been allocated to reinstate the Rural Support Worker Program on an as-needed basis, and continue the permanent Rural Resilience Program.
Review of the NSW Response to Drought Policy Reforms
Guided by the recent Review of the NSW Response to Drought Policy Reforms by the Australian Farm Institute, commissioned by the Regional Assistance Advisory Committee, the new Strategy ensures the new measures are appropriate, effective and in line with the Intergovernmental Agreement on National Drought Program Reform.
- Read the review and the NSW Government's response to it on the Regional Assistance Advisory Committee webpage
- Media release 3 February 2015 - Encouraging farm innovation: NSW Government unveils $300 million drought package (PDF)
- NSW Drought Strategy - resilient, productive, prepared (PDF 151 KB)
- Supporting farmers to prepare for and manage drought (PDF 54 KB)
- Helping our primary producers and regional communities build resilience (PDF 47 KB)
- Committing to a transparent and accountable system of drought assistance (PDF 46 KB)
- 2015 NSW Drought Strategy - frequently asked questions (PDF 54 KB)