The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program

The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP) aims to help producers better manage drought and climate impacts. The best climate scientists, government and non-government agencies, producers and industry leaders are working together on a number of cutting-edge research projects and partnerships.

This research will help you manage financial risks with your decision-making around droughts and climate variability through improved forecast products, tools and extension activities.

DCAP’s major partners include the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), the Department of Environment and Science (DES), the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).


Grazing Industry


Cropping Industry


Horticulture Industry

DAF’s latest Turf’n’Surf podcast episode outlines how DCAP is helping producers adapt and better manage drought and climate impacts. Listen to:

  • Rick Sutton, a 40-year veteran of Queensland’s agriculture industry who runs three farms in the Lockyer Valley
  • Dr Chelsea Jarvis, a research fellow from the University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Applied Climate Sciences who works on the Northern Australia Climate Program, and
  • Dr Neil Cliffe, DCAP Program Manager.



Last updated: 29 June 2020