Drought support and assistance
A range of services are available to support farming families, communities and small businesses to manage the impact of drought and dry seasonal conditions In Victoria.
These five brochures summarise the programs and assistance provided by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments, community organisations and not-for-profit organisations and are updated monthly.
- Central and East Gippsland support (PDF - 403.8 KB)
- Central and East Gippsland support (WORD - 2.0 MB)
- North-West Victoria, Millewa support (PDF - 492.8 KB)
- North-West Victoria, Millewa support (WORD - 2.3 MB)
Our drought and dry seasonal conditions local contact cards are now digital
Download and stick them on your fridge door or pinboard. There are three versions with specific support and assistance information for farmers in the GMID, the North West and Central and East Gippsland.
- North West – Farmer support services (PDF - 100.1 KB)
- North West – Farmer support services (WORD - 15.6 KB)
Mallee Sustainable Farming Farmtalk Podcast
Agriculture Victoria and Mallee Sustainable Farming have developed the Mallee Farming AgVic series.
In this series, Drew Radford chats with a range of agriculture specialists to bring updates, new findings, ideas and insights on farming in low-rainfall Mallee regions of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
Feeding Livestock website
Agriculture Victoria recently launched a comprehensive feeding livestock website with all the tools, resources and calculators you’ll need during drought and other times when pasture is limited.
The Victorian Government is committed to supporting the next generation of farmers develop and prosper and provides opportunities for young people in agriculture to have a say and enhance their career.
See Young farmers.
The Agriculture Victoria Learning Management System provides online learning opportunities including Whole Farm Planning for fire recovery and a farm business e-learning module.
Drought and Supplementary Feed Calculator (DASFC) app
The Drought and Supplementary Feed Calculator is an essential tool for sheep and cattle producers to develop drought feed rations as well as rations for dry periods when supplementary feeding is required.
Featuring a comprehensive feeds database listing average nutritional values of 71 different feeds you can compare and develop a mixed ration containing up to five feeds.
The app is free to download from the:
An instructional video produced by NSW Department of Primary Industries is available to assist you to use the app.
Water Market Watch app
Every hour of every day water is traded on the Victorian water market. A new app – Water Market Watch – is now available so you can keep up to date with this changing information anywhere, anytime on your mobile phone.
The app uses authoritative and up-to-date market information from the Victorian Water Register administered by the Victorian Government.
Water Market Watch is free to download from the:
Drought and dry seasonal conditions videos
The following videos demonstrate how local farmers have used Victorian and Commonwealth Government grants for on-farm infrastructure, on-farm emergency water and pasture restoration.
Planning, making decisions for long term profitability and building a resilient business model are important considerations for any farm business no matter what time of year.