2012 Climate Adaptation Champion, Government - Department of Primary Industries, Victoria

Climate Extension Services, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria

The nationally recognised and awarded Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Climate Extension project delivers innovative and practical products and services to farm stakeholders across Victoria.

DPI’s unique climate extension approach has broken new ground, engaging and communicating with over 18,700 farmers and service providers across Victoria via over 700 face to face sessions in the past 3 years. Most services were delivered on request, which demonstrates the relevance of the approach

The extension team has produced 98 editions of popular e-newsletters (eg. The Break, Milking the Weather), with over 3,100 subscribers, whilst the innovative Climate Risk website and ever popular ClimateDogs animations have recorded 55,000 visits in the past year alone.

The Climate Webinar Series allows participants to hear industry experts in the comfort of their own home and is growing in popularity as a tool to share new information.

A first of its kind in Australia, DPI contracted the University of Melbourne to provide a Postgraduate Certificate in Climate Change for Primary Industries, significantly developing the skills of over 50 agricultural professionals. A specific “climate training effort” has also boosted the climate capabilities of Farm Services staff.

Farmers’ knowledge of which drivers affect their local weather showed a significant improvement due to this localised extension approach which was modified for each specific community. A recent survey showed 25% of Victoria’s farmers had recently received climate services or products, and research indicates farmer knowledge of each of Victoria’s four climate drivers has improved at a statistically significant level due to DPI climate services and products.

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More Information

Use the links below to navigate recent Adaptation Champion profiles. These profiles can be used to have a closer look at past Adaptation Champions, engage with multimedia content, and link to further information about the Adaptation Champions. 

2012 NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions

Individual Category: Lucinda Corrigan, Rennylea Pastoral Company for ‘Leadership of adaptation to climate change in Australia’s grazing industries’.

Business Category: Metcash Trading Ltd for its ‘Sustainability @ Metcash’ climate adaptation program.

Government Category: Department of Primary Industries, Victoria for its ‘Climate Extension Services‘ program.

Community Category: The ‘Making connections: landholders restoring connectivity in the Wet Tropics’ project.

2011 NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions

A Queensland farmer, a Tasmanian journalist and a council planner from mid-coast NSW were among NCCARF’s first Climate Adaptation Champions.

Sid Plant - Farmer, Dowling Downs, QLD

Norm Lenehan — Coastal & Flood Management Planner, Eurobodalla Shire Council, NSW 

Peter Boyer — Journalist, blogger and speaker-presenter, Hobart, Tas

Lake Macquarie City Council, NSW

City of Melbourne, Vic

Climate Champion Initiative (A program of Managing Climate Variability and Grains Research Development Corporation)