Australia’s Farming Future, which closed on 30 June 2012, was the Australian Government’s climate change initiative for primary industries. It provides funding to help primary producers adapt and respond to climate change.
Australia’s Farming Future provided funding to equip primary producers to adapt and adjust to the impacts of climate change. To inform the communications about the program the Department conducted market research in 2009.
The initiative comprises a number of elements:
- The Climate Change Research Program provided funding for research projects and on-farm demonstration activities.
- FarmReady helped industry and primary producers develop skills and strategies to help them deal with the impacts of climate change.
- Climate Change Adjustment Program assisted farmers in financial difficulty to manage the impacts of climate change. Farm Business Analysis and Financial Assessments and professional advice and training were individually tailored to help farmers adjust to climate change and to set goals and develop action plans to improve their financial circumstances. Rural financial counsellors assisted eligible farmers to take action to improve their long term financial position.
- The Climate Change Adjustment Program Re-establishment Grant ceased on 30 June 2011. Applications for re-establishment assistance closed on 30 April 2011.
- Transitional income support was linked to the climate change adjustment program and provided short-term income support and advice and training opportunities to farmers in serious financial difficulty, while they adapted their farm to changing circumstances, including climate change.
- Community Networks and Capacity Building activities focused on increasing the leadership and representative capacity of target groups including women, young people, Indigenous Australians and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Australia’s Farming Future was administered by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.