Climate Change Research Strategy

To ensure the continued growth of NSW Primary Industries, and safeguard the future of the regional communities, our $15.4 billion sector needs to be resilient and adaptable to changes in economic and environmental conditions.

Supported by an investment of $29.2 million from the NSW Climate Change Fund, the NSW Primary Industries Climate Change Research Strategy (PDF, 2352.34 KB) will invest in project and program areas that could support the primary industries sector to adapt to climate change.

The Strategy seeks to identify through research, and innovation, energy supply and demand solutions, carbon opportunities and climate resilience building programs to enable our primary industries to prepare for the challenges and opportunities climate change presents. The results of this research will be useful in informing forward work programs and policy to support the long term sustainability of primary industries for NSW.

Climate Smart Adaptation Grants

The climate smart adaptation grants program supports on-farm actions that adapt primary industries across agriculture and fisheries to changes in NSW climate over the coming 30 years. The program moves climate change adaptation beyond the planning and assessment stage, and focuses on supporting practical on-ground action.

Adaptation actions are diverse, and this program will support a wide range of initiatives that demonstrate how primary industries can improve their resilience and prepare for a changing climate. For this iteration of the program grants will target practical demonstrations of technologies, infrastructure, people skills, management systems and community education.

A mix of direct and co-contribution grants will be offered to support small, medium and large initiatives:

  • Small projects will receive a direct one off grant between $10,000 up to $75,000;
  • Medium projects will receive a grant between $75,000 up to $250,000.  An in-kind or cash contribution must be made to half the value of the grant by the applicant(s).
  • Large projects will receive a grant between $250,000-$500,000. An in-kind, cash, or mixed contribution must be made to the full value of the grant by the applicant(s).


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Research Strategy Theme Areas and Projects

The Strategy is made up of seven projects across the three key theme areas to deliver benefits and opportunities to primary producers and regional communities.


Carbon Opportunities

Climate Resilience