Terms of Reference: Coordinator-General for Drought

Domestic PolicyJoint Agency Drought Taskforce
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

The Terms of Reference for the Coordinator-General for Drought and the supporting Joint Agency Drought Taskforce

The Coordinator-General for Drought, supported by the Joint Agency Drought Taskforce, will:

  1. ensure meaningful support reaches farmers affected by drought through the planning coordination and rapid delivery of measures included in the Government’s drought response, and remove any blockages to achieving this;
  2. by doing so, seek to maintain economic activity in farming communities affected by drought;
  3. engage with drought affected communities, including through clear, effective and visible communication on available support aimed at maintaining confidence within communities;
  4. provide advice to the Commonwealth Government on gaps and emerging risks and options to address them;
  5. provide advice to the Commonwealth Government to inform the development of a long-term drought resilience and preparedness strategy;
  6. coordinate a comprehensive national drought response with affected state, territory and local governments, the private sector, and Non-Government Organisations;
  7. undertake other activities as needed and agreed by the Commonwealth Government;
  8. regularly update the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and other relevant ministers, in particular the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources;
  9. work closely with the Special Envoy for Drought Assistance to use his on-the-ground intelligence about the impact of drought in formulating the Government’s response; and
  10. ensure the above is carried out in line with normal Government decision making and accountability principles, including that the Cabinet will set Government policy, and that Ministers will develop and implement policy and programs in accordance with their portfolio responsibilities.

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