The Australian Government, in partnership with the Western Australian Government, is conducting a pilot of drought reform measures in part of Western Australia.
The pilot is testing a package of new measures developed in response to the national review of drought policy. The measures are designed to move from a crisis management approach to risk management. The aim is to better support farmers, their families and rural communities in preparing for future challenges, rather than waiting until they are in crisis to offer assistance.
FaHCSIA is delivering the Rural and Regional Family Support Services (RRFSS) component of the pilot as a Family and Relationship Service under the Family Support Program. Services provided by RRFSS include counselling and crisis support, relationship education and skills training and include activities that promote community cohesion, build social networks, and improve referral pathways.
The pilot will be in place from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2012.
For information on the drought pilot, visit the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Forestry Website or call the Drought Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16.