DAF staff group with sweetcorn in background
The Integrated Extension and Capacity Building team at Ayr Research station in North Queensland

The Integrated Engagement and Capacity Building Project aims to:

  • build capacity of extension services and farmer peer-to-peer groups and networks
  • build confidence and capability in farming communities
  • enable changes that will achieve financial, social, and environmental sustainability and improve Reef water quality outcomes.

Our activities

To reach these goals, we:

  • provide information, resources, training and networking opportunities for farmer peer-to-peer groups in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchment area
  • provide resources and advice to help farmers start up new peer-to-peer groups
  • support regional and cross-regional events for farmers to learn about improved practices from other farmers
  • provide funding for farming peer-to-peer group activities
  • improve the skills of extension and advisory staff by providing information, training and development workshops, subsidised training courses and a comprehensive professional development training program
  • facilitate cross-regional events for extension staff to network, share and learn together.

What’s next?


  • will offer a range of extension training workshops (face to face and online) and training-course subsidies every year
  • are developing eLearning modules to supplement face-to-face and online training
  • will provide funding to support eligible projects for farmer groups (1 funding round per year)
  • will hold Reef extension think tanks in 2024 and 2026 to promote networking and cross-regional learning amongst extension and advisory staff. The first Reef think tank was held in Townsville in 2019 and was a great success, attracting over 100 extension staff working across industries in the GBR catchments
  • will support regional events hosted by farmer peer-to-peer groups across the GBR catchments
  • will hold a cross-regional event for farmer peer-to-peer groups in 2025 to promote networking and learning between farmer groups.


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Last updated: 06 Sep 2023