Drought Communities Programme

About the programme

The Drought Communities Programme (DCP) supports communities in the most drought-affected regions of Australia and builds on the more than $7 billion in additional Australian Government drought support measures already announced.

New Funding Announcement

On 27 September 2019, the Australian Government announced it would provide $13 million under the Drought Communities Programme Extension to an additional 13 councils experiencing hardship due to drought. The 13 eligible councils will each be provided $1 million to complete local infrastructure and other drought-relief projects.

In addition, the Government announced it would provide $33 million to resume the Drought Community Support Initiative, to provide immediate financial assistance of up to $3,000 to eligible farming households experiencing hardship due to drought.

Drought Communities Programme Extension

On 19 August 2018, the Australian Government announced it would extend the Drought Communities Programme to support local infrastructure and other projects for communities and businesses who have been impacted by drought.

On 27 September 2019, an additional 13 councils became eligible for the program. Guidelines are currently being updated and these councils will be contacted shortly by the Business Grants Hub to commence applications.

Since 2018-19, the Government has committed $123 million over two years to 123 councils.

Funding is available to eligible councils for local infrastructure projects and other drought-relief activities. Project funding is intended to provide short-term support, including by boosting local employment and procurement, and addressing social and community needs.

The Drought Communities Programme Extension is being administered through the Business Grants Hub at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Information about the Drought Communities Programme Extension, including a list of eligible councils, the program guidelines and application process is available at business.gov.au/dcp or call 13 28 46.

Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI)

On 26 October 2018, the Australian Government announced it would provide $30 million in much-needed support to drought-affected families through the Drought Community Support Initiative. This provided up to $3,000 in assistance to households in Local Government Areas eligible under the Drought Communities Programme Extension.

On 27 September 2019, the Australian Government announced it would provide $33 million to resume the Drought Community Support Initiative. The funding will provide up to $3,000 in immediate financial assistance to eligible farming households who are facing hardship due to drought, as well as provide much-needed stimulus to local businesses.

The funding will be provided through the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society, in all eligible Drought Communities Programme Extension Local Government Areas (PDF).

The program guidelines for the Drought Community Support Initiative are available at https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/drought-community-support-initiative.

Drought Communities Programme 2015

About the program

The original Drought Communities Programme was designed to deliver benefits in targeted drought affected regions of Australia. The Australian Government provided funding of $35 million over four years, commencing in 2015–16, to fund local infrastructure initiatives that provide employment for people whose work opportunities were impacted by drought. The program has now closed (see Drought Communities Programme Extension for more recent funding).

Funding was targeted at projects that stimulated local community spending, used local resources, businesses and suppliers, and/or provided a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

Funding was directed to 23 declared local government areas.

Declared Councils

23 councils were eligible for up to $1.5 million funding under the Drought Communities Programme 2015.

Guidelines

  • Drought Communities Programme Guidelines 2015 PDF: 614 KB ReadSpeaker

Contact

For further information regarding the Drought Communities Programme 2015 please email dcp@infrastructure.gov.au.