Current drought support
Emergency drought support funding
The NSW Drought Strategy, totaling more than $300 million, focusses on preparedness, improved decision making and targeted support for rural communities.
- Committing to a transparent and accountable system of drought assistance (46KB)
- Frequently asked questions (75KB)
- Helping our primary producers and regional communities build resilience (47KB)
- Resilient, productive, prepared (151KB).
For more information and to apply:
- DroughtHub is a one-stop online destination for information on a vast range of services and support available to primary producers, their families and communities to prepare for and manage drought conditions
- Rural Assistance Authority is coordinating a range of drought assistance measures that are now available for eligible NSW farmers, including the $45 million Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program
- Rural Support Workers
- Rural Financial Counsellors
How we can help
Local Land Services is available to offer ongoing advice for farmers and landholders dealing with drought. We offer hands-on support where possible and endeavour to provide up to date localised information about managing and recovering from drought.
- our Livestock Officers provide technical advice on feeding and nutrition
- our District Veterinarians manage and advise on livestock health and welfare
- our TSR rangers manage permits for grazing on TSRs and roads
We also assist in administering drought support packages and coordinate and conduct relevant drought workshops with guest speakers, including rural support workers and rural financial counselors. Contact Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.
A new approach to drought management
Development of a new National Drought Policy has been underway through the national Standing Council on Primary Industries since 2008.
Supporting this national approach, NSW is introducing new measures to help farmers prepare for and manage the impacts of drought. Find out more about regional conditions reports on the DPI website.
Assistance and support
A major part of managing drought is managing your physical and mental health. The DroughtHub has an extensive list of online and telephone wellbeing support services.
The Australian Department of Health is committed to offering support services to rural and regional Australians. The Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas provides funding to many of the much needed non-government health organisations committed to supporting rural communities.
If you, or someone you know is in need of some mental health support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Anglicare on 1300 549 577 or get in touch with a Department of Primary Industry Rural Support Worker for immediate support.