Land use

Western Australia is the largest Australian State, spanning 2 400 kilometres from north to south, and experiencing a variety of climatic conditions, soil and land properties, and water availability. Accordingly, the state is suited to a variety of agricultural industries ranging from open range grazing and broadacre cereal cropping through to irrigated pastures and horticulture, orchards and vineyards.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia provides the advice, support and tools needed to ensure the State’s land has the capability to sustain agricultural use, without degrading the soil and water resources on which it relies, and to ensure our most valuable agricultural land is protected from non-agricultural development. 


  • The Western Australian Government has stated its support for pastoralists wanting to sequester carbon through revegetation.

  • Pastoral rangelands provide a range of benefits in addition to pastoralism: tourism, ecological services, mining, and cultural and heritage values for Indigenous people.

  • There are many different pasture types in the pastoral rangelands in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development uses the following definitions for terms used in our rangeland management publications.

  • Officers of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) assess rangeland condition to provide advice on planning and managing grazing pressure on leases, and for requireme

  • Curly spinifex plain pastures have a low pastoral value, but are very durable and can provide a valuable drought reserve.

  • The whole farm nutrient mapping procedure described here applies to pastures in the greater than 600mm rainfall zone of south-west Western Australia.

  • The north-eastern agricultural area of Western Australia is particularly susceptible to climate variability and projected decreasing rainfall and increasing temperatures.

  • Cotton bush (Ptilotus obovatus) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands. This page provides a summary of the plant's value for pastoralism.

  • Fresh food businesses are faced with the challenge of creating a food safety culture, maintaining best practice and retaining customer confidence, while effectively managing overall costs.


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