Sustainable Farms Initiative

A large multidisciplinary five-year project aims to improve environmental, economic and mental health outcomes in rural Australia by helping farmers better manage their farms as natural assets. Researchers will use more than 20 years of biodiversity and farm management data, collected from 350 farms from communities stretching from Northern Victoria, through NSW and into Southern Queensland. These data will be linked to mental health and wellbeing data, social data and financial data to inform programs to promote better outcomes for farming communities.


  • Fenner School of Environment (ANU)
  • College of Business and Economics (ANU)
  • Funded by Ian Potter Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and Calvert-Jones Foundation