Climate, land & water

Western Australia’s agriculture sector needs access to productive soil and water resources for growth and profit. However, the sector must compete with increasing resource demands from all sectors of the community, and the pressures of a changing climate. The Agriculture and Food division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supports agriculture by providing long-term management solutions, practical risk management strategies and tools to maintain and improve resource conditions, to meet the needs of industry and stakeholders. Agriculture and Food is also pioneering soil and water investigation of the state’s undeveloped areas to establish new irrigated agricultural industries.


  • 22 August 2017

    As a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Australian Government conducts an annual inventory of the nation's sources and sinks of greenhouse gases. The 2015 i

  • 19 July 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) analysed and reported on groundwater salinity trends on the Ivanhoe and Weaber plains and the preliminary results of an intensive w

  • 19 June 2017

    Climate change in south-western Western Australia will increase temperatures, decrease annual rainfall and increase climate variability. The effect of these changes on cropping will vary regionally

  • 11 September 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) supports the growth of the state's agrifood sector in four key areas: markets, productivity, profitability and people.   Funded by the state governmen

  • 30 June 2017

    Climate change is putting pressure on wheat yields in south-west Western Australia in several ways: lower annual and autumn and spring rainfall; later starts to the growing season; and higher tempe

  • 27 June 2017

    Western Australia's (WA) climate has changed over the last century, particularly over the last 50 years. Average temperature has risen about 1°C.

  • 24 July 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is working with partners in the Bonaparte Plains project to assess land and water resources on up to 30 000 hectares of loamy sands

  • 29 June 2017

    The effect of mechanical incorporation of different lime rates on crop yield and subsurface pH was observed four seasons after application.

  • 2 May 2017

    All agricultural industries in Western Australia will need to deal with some level of climate change in the coming decades. The effects of climate change will vary regionally and by enterprise, wit

  • 12 May 2017

    Climate projections for Western Australia (WA) are that average annual temperature will increase by 1.1–2.7oC in a medium-emission scenario, and 2.6–5.1oC in a high-emission s

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