Carbon Farming Initiative

The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) allows farmers and land managers to earn carbon credits by storing carbon or reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the land. These credits can then be sold to people and businesses wishing to offset their emissions.

The CFI also helps the environment by encouraging sustainable farming and providing a source of funding for landscape restoration projects.

The CFI is a legislated offsets scheme. The Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) 2011 (CFI Act) was passed by Parliament on 23 August 2011 and received royal assent on 15 September 2011.

Regulations to underpin the operation of the CFI, the ANREU and to amend the NGER Regulations to allow CFI audits came into force on 8 December 2011.

Amendments to the CFI regulations came into force on 29 May 2012.

Participating in the CFI

Participation in the CFI is voluntary; farmers and landholders can choose whether or not to be involved. 

If you are interested in participating and would like to apply please visit the Clean Energy Regulator website for the forms and further information on how to apply.

The department is responsible for the assessment of eligible and excluded activities for the CFI, the development of government methodologies for the CFI, and the secretariat for the Domestic Offset Integrity Committee. Further information is available via the following:

Contact us 

Email: cfi@environment.gov.au 
Phone: 1800 057 590

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