Consultation now open for future drought funding

Beef Central, 23/10/2023

Public consultation is now open to help inform the next fouur years of investment under the Future Drought Fund (FDF).

The FDF is the Australian Government’s key investment to build drought resilience and provides $100 million each year to help farmers and regional communities prepare for the impacts of drought.

The Australian Government is seeking feedback on the draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan and Investment Strategy for 2024-2028. This will help inform new FDF programs from 2024.

These documents were informed by stakeholder feedback to date as well as the recent Productivity Commission’s Inquiry Report into the effectiveness of the FDF.

Assistant Secretary of the Future Drought Fund, Kim Farrant said drought is an enduring part of the Australian landscape and woven into our stories of living life on the land.

“Preparedness is becoming even more important as our climate changes,” Ms Farrant said.

“It’s important that the work we do to prepare for future droughts is informed by engagement with those at the forefront of impacts caused by drought and climate change.

“The public consultation process will ensure everyone has an opportunity to put their views forward on how best to help Australian farmers and regional communities build resilience and prepare future climate risks.

“I encourage stakeholders to get involved to ensure we have the priorities right for drought resilience funding going forward.”

Feedback will be sought through the department’s ‘Have Your Say’ platform and public face-to-face events to be held across Australia.

The consultation process opens on 20 October and closes on 6 December 2023.

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