Joint Media Release

$5 billion Future Drought Fund

MC 81/18

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance and the Public Service
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

The Hon. David Littleproud MP
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources 
Federal Member for Maranoa

3 December 2018
  • Government introduced the Future Drought Fund Bill 2018 to Parliament
  • The Future Drought Fund will initially be $3.9 billion, growing to $5 billion
  • From 1 July 2020, $100 million annually will be directed from the fund to drought resilience projects.

The Coalition Government has introduced legislation to establish a new, secure, revenue stream - which will grow to be worth $5 billion - for drought resilience, preparedness and recovery.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the Future Drought Fund was a forward-looking policy which will pay off for decades to come.

“We’re guaranteeing long-term revenue to build drought resilience,” Minister Littleproud said. 

“The Future Drought Fund will help give out farmers tools to prepare for, manage and sustain their businesses through drought.

“The Future Drought Fund will deliver infrastructure projects, promote the adoption of new technology and help improve environmental and natural resource management on farms.

“Importantly, it will not be used to fund existing measures already in place.”

Minister for Finance and the Public Service Mathias Cormann said the Fund would start with $3.9 billion, growing to $5 billion over the next decade. 

“From 1 July 2020, $100 million will be directed annually to fund a wide range of drought resilience projects, while the balance is reinvested the Fund.

“A predictable funding stream for drought resilience will enable Australia’s $60 billion agricultural industries to fulfil their potential.”

The government will develop and publish the Drought Resilience Funding Plan to ensure a transparent and consistent approach to funding drought resilience projects.

“The plan will be informed though public consultation and reviewed at least every four years to ensure it captures emerging priorities.”

Fast Facts:

  • The Future Drought Fund will be managed by the Future Fund Board of Guardians, which has a proven track record of managing investment portfolios on behalf of the Government and maximising returns over the long-term.
  • The government has also delivered more than $1.8 billion in assistance measures and concessional loans to support drought-affected farmers and communities.
  • More information on drought support is available at


Media Contact(s): 

For Minister Cormann: Karen Wu - 0428 350 139
For Minister Littleproud: Megan Dempsey - 0491 222 306

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, Perth