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Drought management

On this page, you can find a range of guides and information collated by MLA to assist livestock producers as they head into, manage through and plan to recover from drought.

When heading into drought

Drought preparedness is integral to any farm business.

These resources are avaible to assist and support producers in drought planning and decision making when heading into a drought:

Drought assistance

Drought assistance will vary between states and regions. Contact your state department for more information on what is available in your area.

Support services

  • The Rural Mental Health Support Line is staffed by trained mental health personnel, who provide advice for people seeking mental health assistance for themselves, and assistance, advice and support for people who feel concerned for the mental health and wellbeing of people with whom they have contact - call 1800 201 123

  • Lifeline provides a national 24-hour telephone counselling service - 13 11 14 or visit

  • Beyondblue is the national depression initiative and is working with various agencies in NSW, QLD and VIC to provide support to those affected by the floods - call 1300 22 4636 or visit

Resources on managing drought

Several state government departments and other organisations have also published information and resources on managing drought: 

New South Wales
South Australia

Recovering from Drought

  • Managing weeds after drought 
    This publication uses the SWOT analysis and the 3Ds - deliberation, diversity and diligence - concept to assist you in handling situations after the drought.
  • Looking after drought pasture 
    This factsheet explains how management can make a significant difference to subsequent pasture production following a drought as well as how management tactics can avoid potential problems with pasture survival, recovery and composition.