Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator

Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitators (RALFs) form a nationwide Community of Practice, providing regional expertise to the local agricultural sector to access assistance and develop new programs.

With the Federal Government’s decision to move the National Landcare Program from a grants model to a procurement model, approved Regional Landcare Partnership agencies including Perth NRM are required to have a Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF), funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE).

The RALF is an important role that helps local agricultural practitioners develop new programs and access funding for projects aligned with the Australian Government’s national agriculture strategy.

The current focus for RALFs is supporting Sustainable Agriculture, which strongly aligns with Perth NRM’s vision for the future.

RALFs have monthly teleconference meetings that ensure that information flows to and from the sector to the experts, agencies and departments involved in setting the direction for the industry.

The key roles for a RALF include:

  1. Engaging and informing farmers, community groups and agricultural industries within
    their management unit about emerging ideas, climate change activities, on‐farm
    biosecurity and chemicals management, innovative practices and relevant new
    government policy to help improve the sustainability, productivity and profitability of
    agriculture.
  2. Facilitating partnerships that will best deliver agriculture outcomes, such as connecting
    industry, grower and community groups so that they can work together to address
    common issues.
  3. Assisting farmers, community groups and agricultural industries to develop new projects
    and seek new funding opportunities e.g. Smart Farms Small Grants and Smart Farming
    Partnerships Grants.
  4. Supporting the delivery of National Landcare Program 2 Sustainable Agriculture projects.
    Reporting to the department annually on the delivery of RALF services.
  5. Participating in ‘Communities of Practice’ to better understand complex issues, improve
    networks and help develop solutions for national priorities.
  6. Attending the RALF Annual Conference in Canberra and participating in regular
    teleconferences with the department.
  7. Providing information, as part of two way communication with the department, about
    emerging issues and events within their management unit (e.g. reporting on the impacts
    of natural disasters on farmers, emerging farm management issues affecting
    sustainability, examples of farming better practice, and organising field visits for
    ministers).
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