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Drought in NSW

Information on how drought is managed in New South Wales and what you can do to help preserve our most precious resource — water.

How drought is managed

Learn about the NSW Government departments and agencies that collaborate on drought issues and response.
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Help for farmers

Visit the DroughtHub for financial assistance and support services. Grants and loans are available for farmers, landholders and agribusinesses. Use the Drought Assistance Map to find services.
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How you can help

NSW continues to struggle through one of the worst droughts on record. The effects are being felt by towns, cities, workers, families and businesses large and small, right across the state. Find out what you can do to help.
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Help for businesses

Find services and training to help you prepare for and manage the impact of drought.

Health and wellbeing

Immediate and ongoing support is available to everyone in NSW to help them through difficult times.

What the NSW Government is doing

Learn about the NSW Government drought strategies, programs and packages to support drought relief and recovery.

Resources

Key facts about the drought

Learn about how drought is categorised, which areas are affected and who it impacts.
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Land and livestock services

Farmers and landholders can get on-the-ground support and advice through Local Land Services.
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Maps, data and research

Check drought maps, weather, water storage and learn about research into drought resilience.
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Australian Government drought response

The Australian Government provides assistance to help farm families, farm businesses and rural communities to prepare for, manage through and recover fro​m drought.

Stay up to date

Follow Regional NSW on Facebook for the latest news and drought updates from around the regions.

Support for bushfire affected communities

Find out about the support available for NSW communities affected by the bushfires.

Latest news

$310 million boost to drought assistance

The NSW Government today announced a further $310 million in emergency drought relief in recognition of the on-going drought conditions in regional NSW and to uphold a commitment to helping farmers make it out of the worst drought in living memory.
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NSW Government to boost resilience in regional NSW amid COVID-19

Vital infrastructure projects will be fast-tracked in regional NSW to help local industries, councils and communities rebuild and recover from the impacts of drought, bushfire and COVID-19.
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RFS Commissioner Fitzsimmons to lead new Resilience NSW agency

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced the creation of a new NSW Government agency, Resilience NSW, which will drive world-leading disaster preparedness and recovery approach for the NSW community.
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Buy Regional

If you are a small business operating in regional NSW learn more about selling your products or services online through Buy Regional.
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