Australia is currently in the midst an increasingly severe drought. Parts of Eastern Australia have been particulary hard hit, with hot summer temperatures and record low rainfall. There are a range of programs available to assist those experiencing drought. But despite help being available, many do not reach out. BETA worked with the Joint Agency Drought Taskforce to research the barriers preventing people from seeking help. We sought to:
- Understand the most effective forms of communucation about available forms of assistance, and incentives to take up assistance.
- Understand the barriers and drivers to farmers accessing government assistance during drought.