Best practice farming in Great Barrier Reef catchments

The Great Barrier Reef catchment is made up of all the catchments that flow into the Great Barrier Reef.

For properties in the Reef catchments reducing soil, nutrient and pesticide run-off is a key focus to improve water quality in the Reef.

We're working together with industry so you have the tools and support needed to make positive changes on your farm, enhancing your Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) credentials.

How you can help the Reef

Learn about practices which can improve your business outcomes as well as water quality entering the Reef catchments:

Check your location

Use our property search tool to find out if your farming business is within the Reef catchment and subject to the Reef protection regulations.

Reduce nutrient and sediment run-off

Protect waterways

Well-managed natural wetlands and creeks:

  • improve water management
  • reduce erosion and flooding
  • improve pest management
  • increase recreational value
  • increase profitability.

The treatment system toolbox covers:

  • how different treatment systems work
  • how to plan and design treatment systems for farms
  • where and how different treatment systems can be used to improve water quality
  • how farmers use treatment wetlands to improve water quality.

The Wetland Management Handbook (PDF, 5.7MB) and other tools and guides can help with wetland management at a property level:

  • slowing water flows and reducing the volume of water leaving the farm
  • trapping and removing nutrients, sediments and pesticides from run-off or shallow groundwater
  • decreasing erosion.

Water quality monitoring programs help improve farming practices, water quality and the health of the Reef. Each catchment area has a water quality target to improve the quality of water leaving the farm and entering the Great Barrier Reef. We produce regular reef water quality report cards showing how we are meeting these targets.

Implement sustainable farming practices

Learn from others

You local extension officers can:

  • help you adopt management systems
  • connect you to industry specialists
  • share the latest research and news.

Find support services to help manage your business.

Read about change in action:

Stay informed

  • Learn about grants and funding to support producers in the Reef catchments.
  • Sign up to DAF's agricultural newsletters.
  • Follow Queensland Agriculture on Facebook for the latest news.
  • Contact your industry association to stay up-to-date with the latest research and best practice.