Climate Project for Australia’s Grazing Industry

Applications are open for seven part-time climate project officer positions which will help Northern Australian producers better manage drought and climate risks and boost productivity.

These positions will be based in central Queensland, north Queensland, south-west Queensland, north-west Queensland, Barkly Tableland, and Victoria River/east Kimberley.

University of Southern Queensland’s Director of the Centre for Applied Climate Science Professor Roger Stone says high variability of annual rainfall in northern Australia caused major swings in the productivity of pastoral enterprises.

“Better seasonal forecasts and improved management of the likely impacts of this climate variability could lead to reduction in risk in the potentially poor years and increased pastoral profitability in the good years.”

The positions are part of the $8 million Northern Australian Climate Program (NACP) that helped the grazing industry better manage drought and climate risks through a range of research, development and extension activities.

“NACP is a partnership between the Queensland Government, Meat and Livestock Australia Donor Company (MDC), and USQ, with extra on-ground support from the Northern Territory and Western Australian governments and Rangelands NRM.

For more information on the project officer roles visit https://www.usq.edu.au/jobs. Applications close 22 April.

For more information on NACP or DCAP visit www.longpaddock.daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.