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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 Environment and Primary Industries has a number of publications to assist with livestock management and water supplies:

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 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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