Drought program review
Due to COVID-19, the implementation of Drought Program Reform will be postponed until July 2021. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will continue to work with industry throughout 2020/21 to further develop drought program reform.
The Queensland Government has invested more than $745 million in drought-affected industries and communities since the drought began and will continue to offer both drought and COVID-19 support.
The Palaszczuk Government committed to review drought programs and assistance in Queensland for future droughts. On 26 August 2018, an independent expert panel made up of Ms Ruth Wade and Mr Charles Burke were engaged to look at what can be done during, and prepare for future droughts through a Drought Program Review. The current Drought Assistance Package and other government programs will continue to run for the duration of this drought.
The Independent Panel provided their recommendations to the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries on 31 January 2019.