Drought Duration report

What is a Drought Duration report?

The Drought Duration report presents the current drought situation and summary of historical drought duration information in Queensland. Queensland drought declarations have been made based on local government areas (LGA). The data is for the date of the last review with duration updated at the end of each month.

Drought declaration information from 1964 to 1994 was collated using an unpublished document from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Rural Risk Strategies Unit (2008). Drought declarations from January 1995 are sourced from the maps that are currently shown on the Long Paddock website.


  • On some occasions drought declarations have been declared on a partial LGA;
  • The drought history may reflect historical changes in local government areas due to amalgamations; and
  • The seasonal timing/frequency of revocation has changed from ‘ad hoc’ to largely ‘end of wet season/recovery state.


What is included in this report?

This 5-page report includes:

  • the Queensland Drought Situation map, current at the date of request – showing situation at last date of review
  • a state-wide “Months drought declared” map, current at the date of request
  • a state-wide “Months without drought” map, current at the date of request
  • a state-wide “Percentage time drought declared since 1964”, current at the date of request
  • a “Percentage area of QLD drought declared in history” time series graph


Report sample

The current report is available online on the Drought Declarations page. You can also view it directly here (PDF)


Subscription option

Periodic subscriptions (1, 2 or 3 months) are available for this report. See here for more information on how to subscribe and unsubscribe.



Rural Risk Strategies Unit (2008). Queensland Drought Declarations, 1964–2008. Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries Brisbane. Unpublished report.

Last updated: 20 December 2021