The Australian Government has repealed the Carbon Tax with effect from 1 July 2014. The Carbon Tax repeal legislation received the Royal Assent on 17 July 2014 and the bills, as part of this package, are now law.
In anticipation of the repeal, the government reviewed funding arrangements related to the Carbon Tax in 2013, and is not proceeding with any new projects under the Carbon Farming Futures program.
Through its Direct Action Plan, the government will introduce a mix of new policies, including the Emissions Reduction Fund. The Emissions Reduction Fund will build on the existing Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and provide ongoing opportunities for farmers and land managers to participate in emission reduction projects.
Filling the Research Gap projects already funded under the Carbon Farming Futures program will support the Emissions Reduction Fund by continuing to deliver research outcomes that contribute to the development of new CFI methodologies.
About Filling the Research Gap
Filling the Research Gap is a component of the Carbon Farming Futures program. The program is supporting research into emerging abatement technologies, strategies and innovative management practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the land sector or sequester carbon, assisting farmers to adapt to a changing climate and enhancing sustainable agricultural practices.
Filling the Research Gap is building on research undertaken through the Climate Change Research Program. Projects target current research gaps around abatement technologies and practices. The research priorities are reducing methane emissions, reducing nitrous oxide emissions, sequestering carbon, improving modelling capability and adapting to climate change.
Research outcomes will underpin the development of new abatement methodologies that land managers can use to participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). The CFI, a voluntary carbon offsets scheme, allows participating land managers to earn additional income from reducing emissions and storing carbon in the landscape.
Filling the Research Gap is also funding a national Land Management Practices Survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The survey will identify common farming practices across various production systems and farming regions based on the survey responses of approximately 50 000 farm business.
This information will be used to underpin the CFI additionality test and the development of offset methodologies.
About the Research Strategy
The Filling the Research Gap—Research Strategy (July 2012 to June 2017) has been developed to guide investment, direct research and explain the aims and goals of Filling the Research Gap. Research priorities for each funding round are outlined in the grant program guidelines, and are determined by comparing current research gaps to the objectives outlined by the overarching research strategy.
There are 88 projects worth $74 million being funded under Filling the Research Gap:
Funding of $47 million was provided to 57 projects under round one of the Filling the Research Gap program.
More information on round one
Funding of $30 million was provided to 31 projects under round two of the Filling the Research Gap program.
More information on round two
Expert Advisory Panel
An Expert Advisory Panel was established by the department to assess applications for grant funding against the assessment criteria and advise the department on the most effective funding investments.
The panel comprised leading experts, industry representatives and government officials with expertise in agricultural research and production systems.
For more information about Filling the Research Gap please call 1800 108 760 or email Filling the Research Gap.
Filling the Research Gap is administered by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.
To find out more about the other Carbon Farming Futures programs administered by the department, please follow the links below:
- Action on the Ground
- Extension and Outreach