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The Future of Agriculture Training Review

The review examines the delivery of training and key factors required to ensure agriculture courses meet the needs of students and employers now and into the future.

In June 2021, the Minister for Training and Skills and then Minister for Agriculture announced the Future of Agriculture Training Review . The review examines how the delivery of training in the agriculture sector in Victoria can better meet the needs of agriculture students and employers now and into the future.

It also looked at how training by Victoria’s TAFE institutes continues to attract and prepare students for the demands of the evolving industry. The review has now been completed and its recommendations have been accepted by the Victorian Government.

The agriculture sector is a vital part of Victoria’s economy. It produces over $17.8 billion worth of high-quality products that contribute to a $38.8 billion food processing industry recognised nationally and internationally. Together they employ 145,000 people directly and support many more indirect jobs in areas such as logistics, transport, and advisory services.

The review was led by State member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle MP.

Stakeholders were consulted from across the state including TAFEs, industry associations, employers and students.

The review contains 3 themes and 6 recommendations.

The 3 themes are:

  • Theme 1: Develop and deliver comprehensive skilling solutions and job outcomes through existing partnerships and new collaborations
  • Theme 2: Raise the status and improve the recognition of training and skills delivered by TAFE and other vocational education and training providers
  • Theme 3: Raise awareness of career pathways and skilling opportunities in agriculture, especially for non-traditional cohorts

Download Future of Agriculture Training Review

The Department of Education and Training will coordinate the implementation of the review’s recommendations. Many of these align with reforms already underway in the education and training sector and will be further progressed through the implementation of the $15 million Agriculture TAFE and Training Fund.

More information

The Agriculture TAFE and Training Fund is managed by Agriculture Victoria. For more information about the fund, visit Agriculture TAFE and Training Fund.