Research and Development

The Australian Government supported research efforts into the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions generated through agriculture by developing abatement technologies, strategies and innovative management practices.

The department was responsible for the management of:

  • Filling the Research Gap program — Research funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance sustainable agricultural practices through abatement technologies, strategies and innovative management practices.  It also included a national survey of land management practices conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) which helped to underpin the additionality testing and methodology development in Emissions Reductions Fund (ERF).
  • Action on the Ground program — Funding to assist industry and farming groups test and apply research outcomes in real farming situations. 
  • Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (the Alliance) — The Australian Government engaged in, and remain committed to, international efforts and actions in climate change mitigation. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources oversees Australia’s commitment to the Alliance. Australia is a founding member and our continued involvement allows us to share research on a global scale that provides important flow on benefits to Australian land managers. 
  • Global Methane Initiative (GMI) — As part of the government’s international commitments, Australia is a partner country of the GMI. 

In addition, the department remains a partner of the Clim​ate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI). It works towards more effective and efficient research to respond to the challenges and opportunities faced by the Australian primary industries in a changing climate.

Climate Change Research and Development links

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)
Department of Environment
CSIRO – Climate Adaptation Flagship
CSIRO – Sustainable Agriculture Flagship
Council of Rural Research & Development Corporations