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Drought

The Australian Government announced on 3 May 2013, that all State and Territory Governments had agreed on major changes to national drought policy, to come into effect from 1 July 2014.

Visit the DPIPWE website for more information on the ways that national drought policy will be implemented in Tasmania.

The FarmPoint website has links to other Government agencies, research institutions, etc, that may be relevant to Tasmanian farmers facing extreme climatic events, including drought. 


Counselling services

Information on state and national counselling services available to Tasmanian farmers.

Financial assistance

There are a number of programs offering financial assistance to farmers.

Managing crops and pastures in drought

Links to advie for managing pastures and crops in drought situations.

Managing livestock in drought

Links to advice on managing livestock in drought situations.

Rural Support Network Tasmania - contacts for families seeking assistance

The Rural Support Network Tasmania (RSNT) links the various organisations providing health, finance and farming information and assistance to rural and regional communities across the State.

Tasmanian Drought Evaluation Report (2011)

The Tasmanian Drought Evaluation Project evaluated a range of government initiatives that were used to assist drought affected communities in Tasmania. It provides recommendations for the design and implementation of future government and non-government support initiatives.
  Links (FarmPoint is not responsible for the content of the websites linked to below. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement.)

Current rainfall deficiencies (Bureau of Meteorology)

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) site covering current rainfall deficiencies recorded across Australia.

Drought and farming overview (CSIRO)

CSIRO is improving water efficiency and developing techniques to help farms remain productive during drought conditions.

Drought assistance (NSW Govt)

Information on drought including assistance, planning, management, recovery and current situation.

Drought programs and rural assistance (Aust Govt)

Information about drought and rural assistance programs provided by the Australian Government.

Seasonal Climate Outlook

The Bureau of Meteorology's Seasonal Climate Outlook is issued every month, giving probabilities for rainfall and temperatures in the season ahead.

Water and the Land (Bureau of Meteorology)

A special part of the Bureau of Meteorology's web site dedicated to agriculture and natural resource management.

Water Restrictions current for Tasmania

Search for any current restrictions on irrigation in Tasmania.

Weekly Rainfall Update (Bureau of Meteorology)

Weekly rainfall data and updates from the Bureau of Meteorology.