Future Drought Fund: $9 million for drought resilience experts

21 March 2022
  • $9 million for Adoption Officer positions in regional Australia 
  • The investment represents 20 new full-time jobs based across the eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs 
  • To drive uptake in drought resilience technology and practice on farms

The Australian Government is providing $9 million through the Future Drought Fund to put boots on the ground in regional Australia and give farmers practical assistance applying the latest in drought resilience innovation and technology.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said a new national network of Adoption Officers would be based across the eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

“Locals know their regional communities and needs better than anyone and that’s why key roles, like Adoption Officers are best in these communities,” Minister Littleproud said.

“This investment is equal to 20 new full-time jobs in regional Australia to support agriculture to prepare for the next drought, that will inevitably come.

“Adoption Officers will engage with farmers to assist with the uptake of new practices and technologies, provide feedback to the Hubs on what farmers want, and support farmers to use tools developed by the Future Drought Fund, such as Climate Services for Agriculture. 

“Each Hub will also receive a $2.5 million boost to expand their activities to deliver broader innovation outcomes beyond drought, including for fisheries and aquaculture.

“This funding will allow Hubs and their key stakeholders to identify activities under the National Agricultural Innovation Agenda targeting exports, climate resilience, biosecurity, and digital agriculture for their region.

“The Hubs have over 40 locations across Australia, and I encourage all farmers to engage with them to assist build drought resilience, productivity and sustainability of agriculture. 

For more information visit: https://www.awe.gov.au/agriculture-land/farm-food-drought/drought/future-drought-fund/research-adoption-program/adoption-innovation-hubs 

Fast Facts:

  • The Hubs were established through the forward-thinking $5 billion Future Drought Fund – a long term, sustained investment of $100 million each year to build drought preparedness and resilience
  • The Hubs are creating networks of researchers, farmers and community groups focused on getting their regions ready for drought
  • An independent Advisory Committee chaired by Mr Brent Finlay provides oversight across the Hubs, supporting them to become interconnected agricultural precincts
  • The eight Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs are in regional areas that reflect the key agricultural and climatic zones across the country:
    • Southern NSW
    • Southern Queensland/Northern NSW
    • South-West WA 
    • Victoria
    • Northern WA/NT
    • Tropical North Queensland
    • South Australia
    • Tasmania