National Soil Strategy

The National Soil Strategy sets out how Australia will value, manage and improve its soil for the next 20 years. The Strategy highlights three overarching goals:

  • prioritise soil health
  • empower soil innovation and stewards
  • strengthen soil knowledge and capability.

Actions to address these goals will ensure that soil continues to contribute to agricultural productivity, environmental sustainability, and economic growth.

Soil supports every Australian no matter where we live. It provides essential ecosystem services that support and contribute to Australia’s economic, environmental, and social wellbeing. It underpins our way of life. Australia is known internationally for our world class agriculture and is home to some of the most stunning and important natural landscapes anywhere on the planet. None of this would exist without our soil.

We are enabling farmers to increase their ability to build farm resilience by planning and maintaining environmental plantings to protect soil.
The Strategy was developed in consultation with state and territory governments and the National Soils Advocate, the Honourable Penelope Wensley, AC. We have consulted with a broad range of stakeholders, and we have also conducted two public consultations.

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Commonwealth Interim Action Plan

A Commonwealth Interim Action Plan has been developed to outline the Australian Government’s commitment to implementing the National Soil Strategy. The Interim Action Plan outlines high level actions we will take to support the Strategy. The actions in the plan will ensure that soil continues to contribute to agricultural productivity, environmental sustainability, and economic growth.

The Australian Government has committed $196.9 million in new funding over 4 years to implement the National Soil Strategy and the Interim Action Plan.

This includes:

  • $5.9 million to implement the National Soil Strategy
  • $120 million for a National Soil Monitoring and Incentives Pilot Program (costs to deliver soil extension activities will be met from existing funding under the National Landcare Program)
  • $1.1 million for accreditation standard to enhance soil education and expertise
  • $20.9 million for a National Soils Science Challenge
  • $67.0 million for Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund

Engagement and collaboration will continue through the development of a National Action Plan, which will be delivered by June 2022. This will be developed with state and territory governments and other key stakeholders, to ensure a national approach is taken for an effective design and implementation of further measures to improve the health of our soil.

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Commonwealth Interim Action Plan PDFPDF Icon 16 2.6 MB
Commonwealth Interim Action Plan DOCXWord Icon 15 1.1 MB

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Learn more about National Soil Strategy and other measures funded in 2021-22 Budget.

Last reviewed: 11 May 2021
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