Two years ago, 285 primary producers and advisers helped the Queensland and Northern Australia Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP) create a unique benchmark (see results) of the approaches to decision making and planning for climate variability (season to season; year to year).

From this benchmark it was found:

  • Respondents were moderately confident in their preparedness to meet future climate variability (average rating 6.2/10).
  • When planning for climate variability, the most selected key management practice by Beef/Dairy/Sheep respondents was adjusting stocking rates according to forage amount and quality (89%) and for sugar/cropping/horticulture respondents it was planting time/season (70%).
  • The BoM Website (95% awareness, 87% use) was by far the most well-known and used resource when planning (or assisting clients plan) for climate variability.

If you are a producer or advisor in Queensland, Northern Territory or Western Australia, DCAP is looking for your input to see what has changed over the last 2 years – whether you have participated in this short survey before or not.

You will benefit from this benchmarking information too. DCAP is looking to use the results to improve the awareness and effectiveness of information and tools that help you better manage (and be productive and profitable) in a variable climate. And the results will show you what others are doing (released July/August 2019).

To be a part of this unique cross industry activity simply fill out the short online survey.

It should only take about 5 minutes (we know your time is valuable), your information will only be used for this purpose and you don’t have to leave your details unless you want a poster (see below) or would like to keep informed about DCAP (sign up for the newsletter at the survey’s end). Survey closes 15 June 2019.

Free poster! In appreciation of your time, DCAP would like to offer you a poster depicting Queensland’s historical extended wet/dry periods (April-March). The maps on the poster show the analyses of the historical rainfall records from 1889–current year and shows 9 sequences of wet and dry periods, each lasting from 5 to 13 years. If you would like one, please provide your name and postal details at the end of the survey.

DCAP is a Queensland Government initiative to improve producer drought and climate risk preparedness and business resilience. To find out more about DCAP contact Neil Cliffe neil.cliffe@daf.qld.gov.au, visit https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/dcap/  or phone 13 25 23.