Two people at a tractor with a small happy dog on the tractor and three larger happy dogs on the ground
DAF beef extension officer (R) with producer (L)

The Grazing Resilience and Sustainable Solutions (GRASS) program aims to improve land management and reduce soil loss and sediment run-off from grazing enterprises.

It is delivered by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) in partnership with 3 regional bodies:

  • NQ Dry Tropics
  • Fitzroy Basin Association
  • the Burnett Mary Regional Group.

DAF services the grazing industry across all 3 Great Barrier Reef regions:

  • Burdekin
  • Fitzroy
  • Burnett Mary.

What we do

We offer on-ground support to graziers to improve land management (focused on C and D land condition). We do this by:

  • supporting graziers to develop and implement action plans for land management
  • providing incentives funding
  • one-on-one extension.

The program also helps graziers to:

  • understand their obligations
  • meet or exceed the minimum practice standards under the Reef protection regulations.

Benefits of the project

GRASS supports graziers to apply management practices that:

  • improve land condition
  • increase ground cover
  • reduce the risk of soil loss
  • improve the capacity of the land to respond to rainfall to produce useful forage.

These changes:

  • improve the quality of water flowing to the Reef
  • can increase the grazing business’ productivity.

GRASS will:

  • engage grazing businesses in the 3 Reef regions (Burdekin, Fitzroy and Burnett Mary) and provide support to improve land management (particularly for C and D condition land)
  • involve graziers in improving Reef water quality outcomes and land management
  • provide graziers with opportunities to access funding for on-ground works that support practice change as well as water quality outcomes
  • ensure graziers understand their obligations under the Reef protection regulations and are supported to meet, or exceed, minimum practice standards.
  • ‘check-in’ with participating grazing businesses 12 –18 months after developing their plan to identify how they are going and what additional assistance might be required through GRASS or other programs.
  • GRASS will also report on program impact and outcomes for graziers, delivery partners, investors and others to inform how the program can better support the grazing community into the future.


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Last updated: 31 Jul 2023