Indigenous pastoral project extension and evaluation - Western Australia


Under PRJ008777, McClelland Rural Services developed a stepbystep manual to provide Indigenous communities, with a clear pathway if they wish to develop their pastoral properties into commercially viable and sustainable enterprises. Under PRJ008953, PRJ008957 and PRJ008958, the manual has been trialled on at least three pilot properties within each of the jurisdictions. Following the completion of these trials, key learnings will be consolidated and, where appropriate, the manual will be amended for final use. This project aims to utilise existing state extension networks and systems to extend the final manual to indigenous pastoralists within the three jurisdictions. The effectiveness of the manual in improving the skills and knowledge of pastoralists will then be evaluated by the state extension officers. Key findings from this evaluation process will be incorporated into any amendments or adjustments to the manual, in order to improve its relevance and effectiveness. Evaluations will be performed using a standardised evaluation template, developed in partnership by the state jurisdictions and RIRDC. A pre and postextension evaluation of each pastoral enterprise engaged with the manual is required.


New and Emerging Animal Industries

Research Organisation

Western Australian Agriculture Authority, a body corporate established under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007

Objective Summary

To extend the indigenous pastoral manual developed by McClelland Rural Services in PRJ008777, to indigenous pastoralists within the three project jurisdictions (Northern Territory, Queensland, and north Western Australia). To evaluate the effectiveness of the manual in improving the skills and knowledge of remote, indigenous pastoralists, and to update or amend the manual in light of these findings.

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Project Start Date

Friday, November 22, 2013

Project Completion Date

Monday, June 2, 2014

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

NAP - Indigenous Pastoral Project