Federal Government’s response to the drought, and the adequacy and appropriateness of policies and measures to support farmers, regional communities and the Australian economy

October 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-310-4

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Executive Summary

List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction

  Referral of inquiry
  Conduct of the inquiry
  References to Hansard
  Structure of the report

Chapter 2—Background

  Drought policy
  Definition of drought
  Climate outlook
   The impacts of drought

Chapter 3—Preparedness support

  Future Drought Fund
  Committee view

Chapter 4—Support for farmers and businesses

  Income support, loans and taxation measures
  Environmental stewardship
  Information and advice
  Related issues
  Committee view

Chapter 5—Support for communities

  Mental health
  Job losses
  Committee view

Chapter 6—Governance and coordination

  Related policies
  Drought coordination
  Committee view

Chapter 7—Water management

  Demand for water
  Climate change
  Federal water management
  Water infrastructure
  Research and development
  Committee view

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public hearings and witnesses

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511