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.


  • Climate change will affect each pastoral region in different ways.

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has produced an interactive soil and groundwater map of the La Grange Groundwater Subarea, as part of the La Grange Agriculture Opp

  • Climate change will affect horticultural production in Western Australia (WA) in a number of ways, and the effects will depend on location, soil type, crop type and management.

  • 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

  • Climate change will affect livestock production in the agricultural areas of Western Australia in different ways, with some regions and enterprises benefiting and some not.

  • 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

  • This page summarises the assembled and reviewed physico-chemical water quality data for the lower Keep River and Border Creek systems, and presents data from the initial year of a targeted baseline

  • This assessment was to distinguish areas of Cununurra and Aquitaine clay and to collect baseline information on soil structure, potential soil salinity hazard, and soil drainage prior to agricultur

  • 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

  • This assessment provides information on the hydraulic properties of the palaeochannel and aquifers to the north of the Weaber Plain, and the yields that could be expected from pumping from these aq

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