National Drought Summit to focus on short and long term drought response

National Drought Summit to focus on short and long term drought response

Domestic Policy Joint Agency Drought Taskforce
Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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On 26 October 2018, the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, will bring together representatives from all levels of government, the farming and agribusiness sector, banking and finance services, community and charitable organisations and other relevant experts for the National Drought Summit.

The National Drought Summit will give participants the opportunity to develop a shared understanding of the impact of the drought across Australia, the current support available and any gaps that need addressing. This will help governments and the private and not-for-profit sectors to concentrate their efforts to get the right help to the people who need it.

At the Summit participants will take stock of the response to drought to date, be briefed on the challenges ahead and discuss ways to better coordinate efforts into the future. A range of presenters will set the context for Summit participants. The Bureau of Meteorology will provide an overview of current conditions and the projected outlook and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences will focus on current commodity prices and the outlook for the agriculture industry. The Special Envoy for Drought Assistance and Recovery, Barnaby Joyce, and Coordinator-General for Drought, Major General Stephen Day, will speak about what they have seen and heard from individuals and communities impacted by drought.

In addition to identifying immediate actions to support those in drought-affected regions of Australia, the Summit will also identify frameworks for long-term preparedness and resilience.