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Can I Participate?

The first step to conduct a Carbon Farming project is to review the Government approved rules that outline whether your farm or land can earn Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).

These rules are called methods and they explain how to measure and calculate greenhouse gas emissions reductions from a range of different activities.

Methods set out the rules for undertaking activities under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) which earn ACCUs.

There are a variety of benefits other than earning carbon credits obtainable by conducting a Carbon Farming project which don’t require an applicable method.

Check out the resources available in the How Do I Participate section or see what other research and assistance is happening in your area in the Extension & Outreach section.


Find a Method

To start searching for methods which are suitable for you, select an industry type and then a select a land use or operation type. You can also use the search box to look for a specific method.

  • Native forest from managed regrowth

    Applies to offsets projects that sequester carbon by establishing a native forest from in-situ seed sources including rootstock and lignotubers. A project using this method must occur on land that has been cleared of forest cover and regrowth has occurred, but has not attained forest cover and would be cleared to maintain pastoral use unless a project is implemented.

    The method uses the Full Carbon Accounting Model to calculate abatement, and accommodates baseline scenarios that allow for fluctuations in carbon stocks.

    The native forest from managed regrowth method was varied in June 2015. The method must be read together with the methodology determination variation, which provides details on the changes.

    More Details Fact Sheet Native Forest Regeneration
  • Human-Induced regeneration of a permanent even-aged native forest

    This method allows for the establishment of permanent native forests through assisted regeneration from in-situ seed sources, including rootstock and lignotubers. The regeneration involves managing or removing external pressures that prevent regrowth from occurring. This method applies to projects where land has been cleared of native vegetation and where regrowth has been suppressed for at least 10 years. The carbon stored in the forest is calculated using a modelling tool, rather than calculated from field measurements.

    Benefits from the regeneration may include an increase in biodiversity, alleviation of dryland salinity, reduced wind and/or water erosion and, in some circumstances, shade and shelter for livestock.


    The Variation requires carbon stocks and fire emissions to be modelled using the Full Carbon Accounting Model (FullCAM) rather than the Reforestation Modelling Tool (RMT). 

    More Details Fact Sheet Native Forest Regeneration
  • Avoided Deforestation V1.1

    The avoided deforestation method sets out the requirements for projects to reduce emissions by protecting native forest from being cleared.

    An avoided deforestation project will remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by sequestering carbon in trees in one or more native forests, and will avoid emissions of greenhouse gases attributable to the clearing or clear-felling of a native forest.

    This method applies to a native forest for which there is a clearing consent for the purpose of converting the native forest to cropland or grassland. Abatement is achieved by not clearing the native forest and avoiding the emissions that clearing would have produced. Additional abatement may be achieved by managing the native forest in a way that enhances carbon stocks.

    More Details Fact Sheet Avoided Deforestation
  • Avoided clearing of native regrowth

    An avoided clearing of native regrowth project avoids emissions by protecting areas of native forest that would otherwise be cleared in the normal course of events. Projects can be run on land that has:

    Native forest cover in any area of Australia where there is FullCAM data. Plantations and environmental plantings are excluded.
    Clearing permitted. The land must have been cleared at least twice in the past. It must also have been used for grazing or cropping after each clearing event, before native forest regenerated. If the land has never been cleared, it is ineligible under this method.
    Evidence of the land’s clearing history, regeneration history and land use history, among other requirements.

    More Details Fact Sheet Avoided Deforestation
  • Reforestation and Afforestation

    Reforestation and afforestation projects can involve any type of tree species, except for declared weed species. The carbon stored by the forest is calculated by directly measuring trees in sample plots using infield measurements such as full inventory and permanent sample plot assessment, and is best undertaken by those with access to expertise in forest inventory.

    This method allows for reforestation of cleared land and afforestation on land where no forests previously existed in order to sequester carbon. It sets out the detailed rules for implementing and monitoring projects that sequester carbon by establishing and maintaining trees that have the potential to attain a height of at least two metres, and a crown cover of at least 20 per cent and on land that has previously been used for agricultural purposes in any part of Australia.
    More Details Planting
Additional resources available Additional information and projects for Forestry are available via the following links: Resources Extension and Outreach
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The project was completed in June 2017 and this website will no longer be updated.
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