30 Jan 2019

The National Drought Map is a new online tool that brings together population data and information on drought conditions in Australia.


12 Dec 2018

The National Drought Agreement sets out a joint approach to drought preparedness, response and recovery. It replaces the Intergovernmental Agreement on National Drought Program Reform.

Journal article

6 Dec 2018

This perspective will discuss changes in heat, drought and heavy rainfall extremes in the context of climate change.


13 Nov 2018

This report argues that significant impacts on and risks to Australia's water security are already evident, and these risks will continue to escalate unless deep and rapid reductions in global greenhouse gas pollution can be achieved.

Briefing paper

26 Oct 2018

This brief is based on a presentation by ABARES’ Executive Director to the National Drought Summit in October 2018 describing the effects of the current drought on Australian agriculture. The brief summarises the extent of rainfall deficiencies and the effects on crop production, livestock markets...

Fact sheet

21 Jun 2018

Drought conditions have been officially declared in over 16% of New South Wales and nearly 58% of Queensland, with climate change contributing to extreme weather events, including record temperatures and low rainfall, hitting the Australian agriculture sector hard.

Conference paper

13 Feb 2017

Resilience is about addressing vulnerability, not only by surviving a shock to the system, but also thriving in an economic environment of change and uncertainty. A robust conceptual framework is required to navigate through underlining elements of vulnerability. An evolutionary model of regional adaptive cycles...

Conference paper

4 Dec 2015

This paper reports on research which follows the difficult process of farm families preparing for and subsequently leaving farming. The period of exit covers the millennium drought of 2000-2010 in four case study areas in Victoria, Australia. It is concerned with families still of working...


7 Oct 2015

The Australian Water Association and Deloitte are pleased to present the State of the Water Sector Report 2015 . The Report is the only one of its kind, reporting on the trends and insights of water sector professionals about their own industry.

The survey...


7 Oct 2015

Executive Summary

Do we think and talk about water only when we are in drought? Do we complain about the price of water, but are happy to pay $3 a bottle for it at the shop? Do urban residents think differently about water...

Journal article

24 Apr 2015

Due to changing climate and water legislation in South Australia, Australia's oldest water trust, the Renmark Irrigation Trust (RIT), and the community it serves have faced unprecedented changes in water allocations. Using participatory research methods, this article examines irrigators' perceptions of risk, uncertainty and trust...


25 Mar 2015

This report argues that climate change is likely making drought worse in the southeast and southwest of Australia, which are some of our most populous regions.


Drought has deeply affected Australia throughout its history. The Millennium Drought from 1996-2010 serves as...



7 Oct 2014

Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years . Drought is the costliest climate extreme in New Zealand; the 2012-2013 event depressed the country’s GDP by 0.7-0.9%.

The drought of 1988-1989 affected 5,500 farms, pushing some...


18 Mar 2014

With New Zealand facing poorer water quality, and shortages, this paper examines the water situation and the policy challenges it presents.


Better water management will benefit all New Zealanders. The focus on water policy has been driven by poorer water quality,...


4 Mar 2014

Air and ocean temperatures across Australia are now, on average, almost a degree Celsius warmer than they were in 1910, with most of the warming occurring since 1950, according to this report. This warming has seen Australia experiencing more warm weather and extreme heat, and...


27 Feb 2014


In 2013 faced with a critical shortage of water, the Iranian government called for water conservation and greater water use efficiency nation-wide. Despite imminent shortages, water use in Iran remains inefficient, with domestic use 70 per cent higher than the global average....


6 Dec 2013

This paper defines drought and reviews the current situation in NSW, including the projected impact of climate change on the frequency and severity of drought.

Introduction: On 30 October 2013, the NSW Government announced $30.4 million in assistance measures for North West NSW...


12 Jun 2013


Recent experience with drought and a shifting climate has highlighted the vulnerability of urban water supplies to “running out of water” in Perth, south-east Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and has triggered major investment in water source infrastructure which ultimately will run...


27 Apr 2012

This publication consolidates the highlights from several recent ADB technical assistance studies that relate to improving disaster risk management and water resources management in the China.

The studies provided good references for examining how the PRC could holistically and simultaneously address its issues of...


28 Sep 2011

This report explores the relationship between patterns of migration and aderse weather conditions such as drought, citing the recent Australian examples.

This report explore the interactions between local labour demand and short-term and long-term mobility or, more correctly, migration. Given that the definition of...



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