The Queensland Government's drought policy is based on the concept of self reliance. Primary producers should therefore adopt risk management strategies to minimise the impact of drought on their enterprise. However it is recognised that prolonged and severe events may be beyond the ability of many producers to cope with financially and physically. If a property has been individually drought declared or is within a drought declared area, the property owner can apply for Queensland Government drought assistance, including the Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS). DRAS provides subsidies on the transport of fodder and water for livestock during drought and returning from agistment and restocking in the recovery period, as well as the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate to assist primary producers provide urgently needed water for animal welfare needs.
Further information on drought assistance can be obtained through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website www.daf.qld.gov.au or by calling the Business Information Centre on 13 25 23.
For information on the impact and management of drought on agricultural production refer to the drought information page available from the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.