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.

Download the DCAP Monitoring and Evaluation annual reports.

DCAP has established robust and independent monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes which ensure that projects demonstrate impact and practice change by primary producers who are working with projects. M&E annual and other reports draw on the milestone data from projects and interviews with primary producers and other stakeholders.

Independent Benefit Cost Analysis has demonstrated that all DCAP projects and the program are delivering very strong return on funding invested by the Queensland Government and other partners in the program.

Last updated: 9 September 2021