As at 1 March 2017 there are 36 entire local government areas and four part local government areas meeting the drought declared criteria, with 129 Individually Droughted Properties in a further fifteen council areas. Eighty-seven per cent of Queensland is drought-declared, despite patchy recent rainfall.
The FutureBeef team have put together some practical information to help you manage your way through dry seasons.
On this page:
- Queensland Government drought services
- Useful contact information during drought
- Australian Government drought services
- Suncare Community Services drought relief program
- Bureau of Meteorology climate and water outlooks
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) helps primary producers manage their business by offering a range of drought services including financial assistance, livestock nutrition and animal welfare information and business management strategies.
A list of current drought declarations and revocations for Queensland is available here.
Drought relief assistance
When you have been drought declared, the Queensland Government offers assistance to affected primary producers through the drought assistance package.
The Drought Relief Assistance Scheme is available to primary producers in the grazing industries to manage their livestock resource during drought and to help restore their livestock resource post drought.
You will find information about:
Other organisations and government departments may offer assistance, rebates and loans to support primary producers in managing drought situations
- Queensland Farmers’ Federation disaster support website
- Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA)
- Department of Agriculture (Australian Government)
- Department of Human Services (formerly Centrelink) – information for rural and remote Australians
- Department of Natural Resources and Mines
- Department of Transport and Main Roads
- Department of Energy and Water Supply
There are government, social and community based services that provide assistance for families suffering from the emotional and physical fallout of drought.
You can contact the DAF Customer Call Centre 13 25 23 for referral to your local support services.
DAF and FutureBeef have resources to help you to manage drought and tough times.
You will find information on feeding and managing livestock during drought, beef cattle nutrition including supplementation and crisis feeding, software packages to evaluate your options and assist in decision making and strategies to help you cope with stress.
You can click on the image to download a copy of ‘Dry season management of a beef business’ (PDF 1.11 MB).
To lodge Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) applications, please send them to:
Drought Relief Assistance Scheme
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Level 6, GPO Box 46, Brisbane Qld 4001
To lodge an Individually Droughted Property (IDP) application, contact your regional Climate Risk Coordinator.
|Location||Climate Risk Coordinator||Telephone|
|State Coordinator||Dave McRae||07 4529 email@example.com|
|Charters Towers||Karl McKellar||07 4761 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kingaroy||Damien O’Sullivan||07 4182 email@example.com|
|Rockhampton||Ken Murphy||07 4843 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Toowoomba||Ross Ballin||07 4529 email@example.com|
AgForce Queensland has compiled this practical directory of Drought information and assistance (PDF 414 kB).
If you encounter problems with any of the contact details provided or know of other useful sources of assistance, please contact Dale Miller, AgForce Queensland T: 07 3236 3100 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
T: 13 25 23 (cost of a local call within Queensland) or 07 3404 6999 F: 07 3404 6900 E: email@example.com
The National drought program reform package announced by the Australian Government in the 2013-2014 Budget will help primary producers focus on risk management and preparedness. The Farm Household Allowance is available to support farming families in hardship. Farm families and businesses in drought-affected areas have access to a range of assistance measures including:
- Farm Household Allowance
- Concessional loans for drought-affected farmers
- Emergency water infrastructure rebates (PDF 62.1)
- Additional mental health and social support services
- Pest management in drought affected areas
Suncare’s drought relief program is focused on providing assistance to to people living in communities affected by ongoing drought conditions. Individuals or groups can access a range of relevant and practical support services and it is free of charge.
You can speak directly with Suncare’s Drought Relief Program Coordinator, Ingrid Miller
M: 0455 070 962, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit the website www.suncare.org.au. Click on the image to download a copy of ‘The Bush Bible‘ (PDF 505 kB) – a practical compendium compiled by Suncare Community Services Inc. and the Rural Financial Counselling Service that details services that may be able to assist you.
Suncare has also put together some simple do-it-yourself banking tips for rural and small business. You can download the Brighter Banking fact sheet (PDF 390 KB) here.
The climate and water outlook video covers rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months. For more detailed climate summaries, visit the BOM website.
‘Protecting your greatest asset – YOU’ is a short talk designed to assist people affected by drought, although it is applicable to anyone who is ‘doing it tough’. The talk offers some self-help strategies to take care of yourself and others. It also gives some guidelines on when to seek additional help, and where to go for that help. 20:03 minutes published 29 July 2014 by FutureBeefAu.
Two–thirds of Queensland is drought declared and we are potentially facing a second failed wet season. The few patchy rainfall events have brought limited relief to areas desperately needing it. Even if it rains in the next few weeks, it may be too late for useful pasture growth, so it’s timely to review and critically reflect on drought action plans and develop a way forward. In this webinar recording, FutureBeef senior extension officer Roger Sneath discusses:
- the current situation and the year ahead: developing forage budgets, adjusting cattle numbers and long term planning
- options and tools: sell, agist, feedlot, production or survival feeding, and spreadsheets available to help decide the best one for your situation
- feed supplies: availability, cost and how to cost nutrients
- producers’ reflections on drought.
In this presentation Dr Geoffry Fordyce (Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation) discusses the new concepts for measuring breeder productivity, with insights from the recent Cash Cow project and their application to seasonal breeder management. 28:28 minutes published 18 March 2014 by FutureBeefAu.
Seasonal climate outlook for Summer
The latest seasonal climate outlook was released by the Bureau of Meteorology on 23 October. In this presentation we hear the latest climate update, based on the updated model that builds on the accuracy of its three-month outlooks for temperature and rainfall across Australia. In this webinar recording, Vikash Prasad from the Bureau of Meteorology tells us about the Bureau’s new seven day forecast system. Then Dave McRae from the Queensland Government provides his seasonal climate outlook, along with the outlook from the Bureau’s new Predictive Ocean Atmosphere Model for Australia. For your convenience, here are the presentation slides (PDF 3.5 MB). 41:13 minutes published 24 October 2013 by FutureBeefAu.
Will it rain this year?
Much of Queensland and other areas across northern Australia missed out on a wet season last year. Half of Queensland is now drought declared. So the question on everyone’s lips is “Will it rain this year?”. In this presentation, we will explore the variability of our climate – particularly rainfall (droughts and floods). It will also look at the use and relevance of seasonal forecasts and some tools to aid in decision making. While it will focus on Queensland, it will also cover New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory too.
In this webinar you will learn about:
- an overview of our climate
- the main drivers of our climate at different timescales
- the variability of our climate particularly rainfall (droughts and floods)
- the use and relevance of seasonal forecasts
- case studies using seasonal forecasts
- some tools to aid in decision making.
Hear from Dave McRae, a well-known climate commentator from the Queensland Government, with hosts Jon Condon (Beef Central) and John James (FutureBeef). For your convenience, here are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 1.7 MB). 56:40 minutes published 17 September 2013 by FutureBeefAu.