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Getting started on your farm: What is my context?

There’s no single approach to managing climate impacts or reducing emissions on-farm – each farming business is unique, with different needs, environmental impacts and sustainability goals.

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What are my local impacts going to be?

This map of NRM Regions will help you to better understand the impacts of climate change on your local area. The Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO have also produced My Climate View, which gives farmers climate projections for specific commodities at a local scale across Australia.

How do I find out my farm’s carbon footprint?

Your farm’s own emissions will be unique, and knowing what your carbon baseline is can help you work out where to start with your emissions reduction. Baselining your farm also provides information for value chains. For resources about carbon baselining and calculators please see Carbon Calculators and Baselining.

Where should I look for the best forecasting advice?

The first point of call for trusted forecasting advice is the Bureau of Meteorology, which provides a range of short and long term forecasts, as well as historical records as well as specific information on weather and climate risk.

What help is available in my area?

State and federal governments have developed a range of resources that can show you how your region will be impacted by climate change in future, including:

Source Resource
Department of Agriculture – ABARES (Federal) – Climate change impacts and adaptation on Australian farms
Climate Change Authority (Federal) The Authority plays an important role in the governance of Australia’s climate change mitigation policies. Current projects are listed on the CCA website.
Resources include the Climate Policy Tracker, a Glossary of climate terms, and topical Reports and Publications.
Victorian Government – Climate and weather | Agriculture Victoria
– Climate webinars
New South Wales Government – Climate | Department of Primary Industries (
Western Australia Government – Climate change | Agriculture and Food
Queensland Government – Future Climate Dashboard
– Queensland Climate Action – Land and agriculture
South Australia Government – Climate change actions – PIRSA
Tasmanian Government – Climate Change and Agriculture | Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania

Watch a FCA Webinar

FCA has created a number of webinars that you might find helpful. Explore our webinars below.

Claire Boyle

El Nino explained

You’re invited to join our next webinar ‘El Nino explained’. In this webinar you’ll hear from Bureau of Meteorology Senior Climatologist Catherine Ganter, who will take you on a deep dive to explain why the BOM has declared an El Nino alert and what it will mean for weather patterns across Australia.

You will also hear from Graeme Hand, a Holistic Management Certified Educator, who will talk us through holistic decision-making processes you can use to prepare your farm for an El Nino.

Fiona Best, CEO of Birchip Cropping Group, will then talk through strategies they are developing to make cropping operations more resilient to drought.

Do you know of a useful resource?

This toolkit isn’t exhaustive and FCA will be adding more resources over time – if you know of another great resource that should be added please send in your suggestions to [email protected] with subject “CSFT Suggestion”.

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