How can regional communities better prepare for drought?

How can we better prepare for drought?

Queensland RDRP Pilot regions 2021-22

Future Drought Fund Projects@RECoE

Regional Drought Resilience Planning

The Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program is a partnership between the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund and the Queensland Government. The program provides funding to the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE). RECoE will work with five regional communities in the pilot year, developing regional drought resilience plans to prepare for and manage future drought risks. 


Background: the Future Drought Fund

The Future Drought Fund is an Australian Government long-term investment fund that provides a sustainable source of funding to help Australian farmers and communities become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought.  From July 2020, $100 million will be available each year from the Fund to invest in drought resilience programs. The programs will support farm businesses to be better informed, more productive, profitable and adaptable, and to adopt more resilient land and natural resource management practices. The programs will also build capacity in rural and regional communities to be less vulnerable to the socio-economic impacts of drought.  


Regional Drought Resilience Planning (RDRP) Program in Queensland

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) is the lead agency responsible for administering Queensland’s RDRP, with the Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) identified as the appropriate delivery partner. RECoE is an alliance of four Queensland universities, focused on strengthening the economic resilience of Queensland’s rural communities. The plans will be developed in close consultation with regional local government/groups of local governments as well as community and industry stakeholders. Each plan to be developed will build upon and be supplementary to any Regional Resilience Strategy already completed or underway as part of the Queensland Government’s Strategy for Disaster Resilience, led by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Regional Drought Resilience Plans will be independently assessed, submitted to the Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, the Honourable Mark Furner MP, and the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, the Honourable David Littleproud MP. These plans will be publicly available.

This program is jointly funded through the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund and the Queensland Government.

Drought being such a significant influence on rural and regional Australia and especially Queensland there is a significant body of research and extension work both completed and underway:

- See the Queensland branch of the Australian Red Cross 2020 paper addressing community well being issues in drought here.


To find out more about the Regional Drought Resilience Planning project in 2021-22 download the fact sheet here

The pilot regions being engaged in 2021-22 in the map below.