Drought Communities Programme

About the program

The Drought Communities Programme (DCP) supports communities in the most drought-affected regions of Australia.

Drought Communities Programme Extension

On 19 August 2018, the Australian Government announced it would boost the Drought Communities Programme by $75 million and provide initial support of $1 million to 60 eligible councils in 2018-19 to support local infrastructure and other projects for communities and businesses who have been impacted by drought.

Funding is available to eligible councils for local infrastructure projects and other drought-relief activities. Project funding is intended to provide short-term support, including by boosting local employment and procurement, and addressing social and community needs.

The Drought Communities Programme Extension is being administered through the Business Grants Hub at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Information about the Drought Communities Programme Extension, including a list of eligible councils, the program guidelines and application process is available at business.gov.au/dcp or call 13 28 46.

Drought Communities Programme 2015 to 2019

About the program

The Drought Communities Programme is designed to deliver benefits in targeted drought affected regions of Australia. The Australian Government provided funding of $35 million over four years, commencing in 2015-16, to fund local infrastructure initiatives that provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought.

Funding is targeted at projects that stimulate local community spending, use local resources, businesses and suppliers, and/or provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

Funding is directed to 23 declared local government areas.

Declared Councils

The following 23 councils are eligible for up to $1.5 million funding under the Drought Communities Programme 2015-19:

New South Wales

  • Brewarrina
  • Coonamble
  • Walgett


  • Balonne
  • Barcaldine
  • Barcoo
  • Blackall Tambo
  • Boulia
  • Bulloo
  • Burke
  • Carpentaria
  • Diamantina
  • Flinders
  • Longreach
  • McKinlay
  • Murweh
  • Paroo
  • Quilpie
  • Richmond
  • Winton


  • Buloke
  • West Wimmera
  • Yarriambiack


  • Drought Communities Programme Guidelines 2015-19 PDF: 614 KB ReadSpeaker


For further information regarding the Drought Communities Programme 2015 to 2019 please email dcp@infrastructure.gov.au.