Droughts come in a variety of durations and intensities and can affect people in a variety of ways depending on their current circumstances. All droughts can cause stress to the family farm and the family unit.

Livestock management

In relation to managing a farm during a drought the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has a number of publications to assist with the livestock management and water supplies:

Animal health in a drought

Personal management

What is just as critical during a drought as farm management is people (family) management. If you are dealing with stressful events you might find it helpful to talk them over with a local GP or with a member of the clergy. You might also find it useful to contact a counselling or personal support service or a telephone help line. The following personal and family counselling hotlines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

Lifeline 131 114
Mensline 1300 78 99 78
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Family Relationship Services 1800 050 321

The Department of Health and Human Services has a “Drought” page which provides links to a range of counselling services and also to a range of useful publications including Losing the Farm and Suggestions for Farm Families in Crisis.


When a drought has been declared a range of other services may be provided to the community and will be updated on this site.
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