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
  • North East Pastoral

Current data identifies more than 4000 farming properties as affected by drought. View map of drought-affected regions (JPG 802.3 KB)

The latest season update showed continuing dry conditions and frost in September and October had impacted pasture growth and crop yield – with a number of producers now opting to cut crops for hay.

Consequently, as at 30 September, the grain crop estimate has been reduced to 4.9 million tonnes (from 5.8 million tonnes).

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, rainfall for parts of the South Australian drought affected regions in September 2018 was lowest since records commenced. Soil moisture levels are also extremely low, which is also contributing to higher frost risks.

PIRSA is monitoring the season closely with industry, Department for Environment and Water, and climate updates from the Bureau of Meteorology – and will update this web page regularly.

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: 25 Oct 2018
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