Caring for our Country is an ongoing initiative that will continue to offer multi-year funding to provide certainty for stakeholders. The Australian Government will commit more than $2 billion to continue Caring for our Country from 2013-14 to 2017-18.
The delivery of the second phase of Caring for our Country will be through separate Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Environment streams delivered by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) respectively.
Some aspects of Caring for our Country will continue to be delivered jointly between the two departments, such as regional delivery for the identified regional natural resource management organisations.
This next phase of Caring for our Country will begin in July 2013. Information on the elements of Caring for our Country will be released over the coming months.
Over the next five years, the Sustainable Agriculture stream will focus on ensuring Australia's agricultural base is sustainable, productive and resilient. This will include:
- sustainable production of food
- innovation in Australian agriculture and fisheries practices
- reduced impact of weeds and pests on agriculture
- improved management of agriculture and fisheries and the natural resource base
- a skilled and capable Landcare community.
Over the next five years, the Sustainable Environment stream will address a broader range of Commonwealth priorities such as Commonwealth waters and marine biodiversity. It will support work that contributes to the Government's broader objectives for improved outcomes at land, seascape and ecosystem scales, while continuing to meet legislated responsibilities.