Australian Government support
for rural and regional communities
The Australian Government is committed to supporting rural and regional communities affected by drought and other challenges such as bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The links below take you to information on recovery assistance and the role of the National Drought and Flood Agency in helping communities build resilience and get through the tough times.
Regional Recovery Officers
The National Drought and Flood Agency’s Regional Recovery Officers give you a voice back to the Australian Government on how drought and other challenges are affecting your business, your family and your community.
Regional Recovery Officers serve as champions for their region, working with people to find locally-led solutions and deliver the support and information needed to help communities prosper.
They also play a key coordination role, working with all levels of government, health professionals, counsellors, small businesses, charities, agricultural and community organisations to ensure the Australian Government is delivering an effective on-the-ground presence.
Find out more about the officers and how they can help you here.
Recovery Connect – Drought
If you are affected by drought, use Recovery Connect to find support near you from government, charities, and community organisations. Please continue to check back in as we regularly update available services.
Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program
Communities experiencing the devastating effects of drought can apply for a grant through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal's Tackling Tough Times Together program. The Australian Government has provided $15 million toward the program. Learn more here.
A centralised point of information on support and programs from all levels of Australian governments, industry groups and not-for-profit organisations. This connects farmers to a range of helpful services and support. Visit www.farmhub.org.au
Community Child Care Fund
The Australian Government provides funding for early childhood education and care services in areas affected by drought, bushfire or COVID-19. Visit www.education.gov.au/cccfspecialcircs
Bureau of Meteorology radars
Weather Watch radars are very effective tools for the detection of rain. Bureau forecasters can interpret the patterns and intensity of the radar images to provide warnings of major weather events such as severe thunderstorms, tropical cyclones and areas of heavy rainfall. Visit www.bom.gov.au/australia/radar
Last updated on 4 February 2021