DROUGHT AND EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, 2000 TO 2007
Drought and Exceptional Circumstances policies have been initiated to mitigate the affects of rare and extreme events on agricultural production. Analysing the spatial distribution of Exceptional Circumstances (EC) declared areas from July 2000 to June 2007 across Australia provides insights into which Australian areas were affected by extreme events, how wide-spread the events (e.g. drought) were, and the time periods in which farmers required the most assistance to mitigate impacts of drought. For background to this policy refer to the Appendix.
The areas that were EC declared between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2007 are shown in map 4.3. In the 2 year period from 2000 to 2002, all EC declared areas in Australia were located in Western Australia or within the MDB in south-eastern Queensland. During 2002-03 there were more new EC declared areas located within, and outside, the MDB than in any other year between July 2000 and June 2007. Between 2003-04 and 2006-07 some new areas were added while most EC declared areas maintained their status.
4.3 Exceptional Circumstances Areas—Murray-Darling Basin—2000-02 to 2006-07