Current outlook

PIRSA's recent Crop and Pasture Report identifies the following drought affected areas within South Australia:

  • eastern and western Eyre Peninsula
  • upper North
  • northern Yorke Peninsula
  • Murray Mallee
  • Eastern Mid-North (Eudunda to Worlds End)
  • North-east and north-west Pastoral

Current data identifies more than 4200 farming properties as affected by drought. Map of drought-affected regions (PDF 1.5 MB)

April rainfall was relatively low across most of South Australia. May rainfall was variable with most of the agricultural districts receiving average to above average rainfall. By early June, most agricultural areas had received opening rains, enabling the majority of crops to be sown/established and early pasture growth started.

BOM's latest forecast continues to suggest a drier than average winter and early spring for much of eastern and southern Australia. Warmer temperatures, reduced sub-soil moisture and more cloud-free days and nights means there is also an increased risk of frost in susceptible areas.

PIRSA is working with industry, Federal and local governments and other agencies and support services to ensure assistance is targeted and effective.

Support is available to those individuals, families and communities who are drought affected.

More details are available at:

To talk to someone about what assistance is available please call the drought hotline on 1800 255 556 or contact our Family and Business Support mentors, who can come and speak to you in person.

The Adverse Events Framework

In South Australia, PIRSA's ‘Adverse Events Recovery Framework for Primary Production' outlines the government's approach to determining what support may or may not be required in response to adverse events.

The Framework aligns to the principles of the Intergovernmental Agreement on National Drought Program Reform (IGA) agreed by the Commonwealth, states and territory governments in 2013.

The framework identifies the indicators that are monitored to determine whether the seasonal and associated impacts trigger drought response phases. View more detail about the Framework.

Under the terms of the IGA, state and territory governments no longer issue formal drought declarations. Under the IGA, relevant assistance programs for farmers experiencing drought or hardship are based on individual circumstances.

Dry Conditions Working Group Communique

Page Last Reviewed: 09 Apr 2019
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