Future Drought Fund: Better climate information for farming communities

26 October 2021
  • Workshops are being held in four pilot regions to kick-off engagement to support the development of the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool and Climate Services for Agriculture program.
  • Farmers are encouraged to get involved in the development of climate and resilience tools, tailored to their needs.
  • $25 million has been committed to both programs as part of the $5 billion Future Drought Fund.

Farmers in four pilot regions are encouraged to have their say in the design of two innovative Australian Government programs aimed at boosting drought resilience. 

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud said the Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) digital platform and Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool (DRSAT) will provide accessible and practical information to help farmers prepare for and adapt to climate change.

“Our farmers have a proud history and a wealth of local climate knowledge so it’s important we tap into their ideas. I encourage anyone in these pilot regions to get involved” Minister Littleproud said.

A first online workshop will be held today, covering the Western Australian wheat belt. Further workshops will be held later this week and next, targeting pilot regions in the Queensland Dry Tropics, the Condamine and Northern Tablelands, and the Victorian Mallee and south-east South Australia. 

“The workshops are an opportunity to have a conversation about how these tools can support farmers in planning for drought. They will explore how the tools present future climate information and link to other resources to support decision-making over the short and longer term.”

If you can’t make these workshops, further regular workshops and other opportunities to engage in the design and development of the digital tools are planned. To find out how to get involved, you can email DroughtResilience@agriculture.gov.au or visit the links below. 

Further information on the programs is available at:

Fast Facts

  • Workshops are being held in four pilot regions to support the development of the Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool and Climate Services for Agriculture program. The first is today. To register for the others, please use the links below:
  • To register your interest in future engagement opportunities, you can email DroughtResilience@agriculture.gov.au 
  • Insights from the workshops will feed into the continued development of prototype tools, with major updates for both the CSA and DRSAT digital platforms due to be launched in December 2021.  
  • Prototypes of the Climate Services for Agriculture platform and Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool are available. These will be further developed with users in pilot regions.
  • The Climate Services for Agriculture (CSA) digital platform prototype provides communities who depend on agriculture access to historical climate information and future projections in one location – making it much easier to understand what future climate could look like locally. 
  • Users can access the DRSAT prototype to explore and provide feedback on the likely functionality, look and feel and content of the live tool, due for release in December 2021. User feedback is critical to ensuring that the tool delivers to user needs.  
  • Farmers who live outside of the pilot regions are also encouraged to access these tools and provide input.