Joint Media Release

Funds for drought resilience to flow

MC 55/19

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

Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie
Minister for Agriculture

The Hon. David Littleproud MP
Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister

The Hon. Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

24 July 2019

Farmers and rural and regional communities which have been suffering years of unrelenting drought will now have access to the tools they need to prepare for, manage and sustain their businesses with the passage of the Future Drought Fund legislation through the Senate today. 

The Future Drought Fund will grow from $3.9 billion to $5 billion over the next decade, while facilitating a $100 million a year additional investment into drought resilience and preparedness, even in the good years, every year from 1 July 2020. 

The Government is backing in our farmers, and we will always stand up and support our drought-affected communities. The Future Drought Fund is about more than just money - it is about giving our farmers the best possible tools to face drought, now and in the future. 

Despite Labor’s attempts to stop the Government from establishing the Future Drought Fund, the Government has delivered on its election commitment to guarantee a sustainable source of funding for vital drought resilience projects in rural and regional communities. 

A consultative committee will soon begin engaging with farmers and rural and regional communities to ensure the money is well spent when the additional funding becomes available from next year. 

The Government will work swiftly to establish the Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee and put in place rigorous governance arrangements for the appropriate selection and prioritisation of projects. 

Drought is a fact of life in this country. Our Future Drought Fund will ensure our farmers, who are among the best in the world and regional communities are better equipped to deal with its effects when it happens again. 

The Future Drought Fund comes on top of the Government’s $2 billion in additional drought initiatives we have already previously announced. 

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Media Contact(s): 

Prime Minister: Press Office, (02) 6277 7744
Deputy Prime Minister: Hannah Maguire, 0429 920 254
Minister Cormann: Karen Wu, 0428 350 139
Minister Littleproud: Les White, 0409 805 122

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, Perth