A drought is an extended period of time when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply.

Periods of drought can have a significant social, economic, health, agricultural and environmental effect which can vary according to vulnerability.

Agriculture Victoria provides drought management advice and assistance to primary producers. 

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The Bureau of Meteorology provides updates on rainfall deficiencies throughout Australia

The effects of drought can be distressing—particularly in agricultural areas and on the environment—and can affect the whole community. So, what causes drought, is it becoming more frequent and how can you track whether your area is affected? The Bureau of Meteorology has put together some information and a video to provide further understanding around drought.

Video: Understanding Drought