WA Soil Health Strategy
The Western Australian Soil Health Strategy sets the strategic direction that will guide policy, research, investment, and on-ground actions that support the management, protection, improve the partnerships and improvement of soil functions and associated ecosystem services for the next 10 years within WA.
Western Australian Soil Health Strategy 2021-2031
Western Australia’s agrifood industry derives production worth nearly $11 billion every year from the state’s soils, which support highly diverse land uses, ranging from high-rainfall and tropical agriculture and horticulture to near arid pastoral enterprises.
The continued prosperity of Western Australia’s natural environment and primary industries depends on the health of our soils and increasingly, on community and market expectations for their sustainable management.
The Strategy reflects the high value that industry, communities, and government place on soil health and aims to:
- support landholders and service providers (researchers, consultants, natural resource management groups, grower groups and associations, government officers) to understand the guiding principles of soil health and to plan and resource their key activities appropriately
- support soil health management practices that provide environmental, economic, and social benefits to WA
- develop community-wide understanding of the overall policy direction and management of the state’s agricultural, horticultural, and pastoral soils
- identify the responsibilities of landholders and government in addressing emerging soil health issues and challenges, so as to prioritise future investment in soil health.