Drought-stricken farmers have welcomed heavy rainfall over the weekend, but say it doesn't let the Morrison government off the hook.
Up to 100 millimetres of rain fell across parts of central west and northwest NSW, while Mirrool Creek in the Riverina is running for the first time in two years.
Scott Morrison said the downpour brought "respite" but the prime minister admitted the government was still figuring out its next steps to help farmers.
"I know this isn't breaking the drought but I tell you, it is respite rain ... which will give some real encouragement and some peace of mind for people right across our drought-affected areas of the country," he told reporters in Thailand.
Inverell livestock producer and chairman of Regional Australia Institute Mal Peters was part of a federal committee which travelled Australia in 2008 assessing the impact of drought.
Mr Peters' property didn't get any rain over the weekend but said he was happy for those who did, before calling on the government for more assistance.
"The problem is the federal government hasn't come to the party, the assistance this time around has been bloody near non-existent in terms of direct help for farmers," Mr Peters said.
"We've got 140 years of rainfall records and this has surpassed anything in those records. The problem is the follow-on because last year was exactly the same.
"The farmers up here, the sparkle has gone out of their eyes, they really don't know where to go and are not sure what to do."
He warned the number of farmers could halve in coming years.
Mr Morrison said the government was "going through the final stages of its next set of announcements" on the drought and the plan would be announced when he returned home.
Nationals leader Michael McCormack said it will take years to recover from the drought and vowed to keep working on solutions.
"This is great. But one downpour doesn't end the drought, it doesn't solve the problem in the drought-stricken communities," he told reporters.
"It has settled the dust. It's going to top up some damns. A bit of a green sheet across those very dry areas but it's not going to solve the drought.
"The drought is going to take many months and indeed years to recover from."
Some councils are leaning on their neighbours, with Orange in NSW agreeing to send water from its reserves to the tiny neighbouring town of Molong as an emergency measure should it be needed.
Australian Associated Press