Preparing for drought

Lack of rain across the state is contributing to dry and drought conditions across areas of Victoria. In response, the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning is working closely with Agriculture Victoria, water corporations and Catchment Management Authorities to coordinate drought preparedness and response across the state. The primary focus is the agriculture sector because of the immediate financial, production and social impacts that drought events create.

Support packages

The Victorian Government has two support packages to assist communities affected by drought and dry conditions.

On 12 September 2018, the Victorian Government announced $5 million in drought support, including $1.2 million for a new Drought Employment Program, coordinated by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, with reporting  to the Water and Catchments Group. This program gives drought-affected workers in the Wellington and East Gippsland shires the opportunity to earn an income off-farm by working with local Catchment Management Authorities.

More information on the Drought Employment Program.

Subsequently, a second support package was announced on 24 October 2018, which includes $24.69 million to support farmers and communities experiencing drought and dry conditions in Central and East Gippsland and Northern and North Western Victoria. For more information, see the Agriculture Victoria website.