A considerable number of farmers in Queensland compost organic residues from on- and off-farm sources, with some farmers possibly breaching current regulations. However, the extent of on-farm composting is unknown, as is the extent to which farmers might breach current regulatory requirements. Consequently, this project seeks to (i) establish the extent of on-farm composting in Queensland, (ii) gauge knowledge among farmers that compost about regulatory requirements and their contravention and (iii) examine possibilities of improving Queensland regulatory guidelines that govern this activity.

The status of on-farm composting in Queensland and regulatory knowledge among farmers will be determined by means of electronic surveys and telephone interviews. The assessment of regulatory regimes governing on-farm composting activities in other Australian States and overseas (US, UK, Austria, Switzerland) will be used to identify options for improving current regulations in Queensland.

This project will be carried out in collaboration with the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Department of Agriculture (to be confirmed).   

Before you apply: contact the primary or associate supervisor for more details.

Location: Gatton and St Lucia

This project is offered to Honours and Masters by Coursework students.

Project members

Primary Supervisor

Mr Johannes Biala

Research Centre Manager
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Associate Supervisors

Associate Professor Victor Galea

Deputy Head of School
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Affiliated Associate Professor
Centre for Crop Science

Professor Susanne Schmidt

Professor
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Affiliated Professor
Centre for Horticultural Science