Drought and disaster management

Natural disasters severely impact upon livestock production and enterprise management. The resources and publications below provide information and help for livestock producers dealing with natural disasters.

Caring for People

The following organisations are able to provide support for those in rural areas.

Contacts and hotlines:

  • Drought and Farmer Assistance Hotline: 13 23 16
  • Local Land Services NSW: 1300 795 299
  • DAFF QLD Customer Call Centre: 13 25 23


Resources are available to help support producers as they make decisions when heading into, managing through and recovering from drought.

Members of the community can support farmers through Buy a Bale (GiveBack campaign for farmers in  need).


Careful management can help minimise the impacts on productivity when a flood event occurs. Knowing the signs of pasture damage, parasites and disease that occur during and after flood events can make recovery faster and more effective. 

Fire management 

For assistance or information on fires, state rural fire authorities or services should be contacted directly.

The North Australian Fire Information website provides information for cattle producers and land managers relating to fires in northern Australia. The fire information includes hotspots (locations of burning fires), fire scars (recently burnt country), fire weather, fire history and lightning strikes, which can be viewed against various backgrounds such as topographic maps and satellite images.

Information for producers in South Australia about the SA bushfires are accessible on the website of the Government of South Australia.

DEPI Victoria publish information on how to manage livestock after an emergency such as bushfires.

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