National Agricultural Workforce Strategy

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Consultation extended to 3 August 2020.

The National Agricultural Labour Advisory Committee is preparing a National Agricultural Workforce Strategy for consideration by the Government. The strategy will recommend potential actions to address the future workforce needs of the:

  • agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries
  • closely allied service and supply chain industry sectors.

These actions will target:

  • school education
  • vocational education and training
  • higher education.

The aim is to attract, retain and upskill the domestic workforce. As well as identify where access to a migrant workforce will be necessary to meet industry needs.

The Australian Government supports the agriculture industry’s target of becoming a $100 billion sector by 2030. The target is very ambitious and will require industry and governments to work together. We need an environment that enables growth. That supports the production of premium products that attract premium prices.

Share your feedback

The Committee has released a discussion paper on the:

  • impact of changes to agribusiness and broader society on the agricultural workforce
  • availability of workers, including barriers and impediments
  • skills and knowledge needs of workers and business owners and whether current education arrangements meet their needs
  • opportunities, best practice and case studies, and priority areas for action.

We have extended the consultation period. This will allow stakeholders sufficient time to contribute to the survey.

You can provide feedback on the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy Discussion Paper (PDF, 4.48 MB). Your views will help to inform the strategy and develop a sustainable and skilled agricultural workforce for the future.

To have your say:

  • Read the discussion paper and enclosed discussion questions. You can answer these directly or use them to frame your written submission.
  • Upload your written submission or complete the survey using the online form.
  • Submit your feedback by 3 August 2020.

What’s next

The Committee will consider all submissions. Your input will inform the development of the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy. The Strategy will be presented to the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management later in 2020.

Contact us

Email Agricultural Workforce

Consultation extended to 3 August 2020.

The National Agricultural Labour Advisory Committee is preparing a National Agricultural Workforce Strategy for consideration by the Government. The strategy will recommend potential actions to address the future workforce needs of the:

  • agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries
  • closely allied service and supply chain industry sectors.

These actions will target:

  • school education
  • vocational education and training
  • higher education.

The aim is to attract, retain and upskill the domestic workforce. As well as identify where access to a migrant workforce will be necessary to meet industry needs.

The Australian Government supports the agriculture industry’s target of becoming a $100 billion sector by 2030. The target is very ambitious and will require industry and governments to work together. We need an environment that enables growth. That supports the production of premium products that attract premium prices.

Share your feedback

The Committee has released a discussion paper on the:

  • impact of changes to agribusiness and broader society on the agricultural workforce
  • availability of workers, including barriers and impediments
  • skills and knowledge needs of workers and business owners and whether current education arrangements meet their needs
  • opportunities, best practice and case studies, and priority areas for action.

We have extended the consultation period. This will allow stakeholders sufficient time to contribute to the survey.

You can provide feedback on the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy Discussion Paper (PDF, 4.48 MB). Your views will help to inform the strategy and develop a sustainable and skilled agricultural workforce for the future.

To have your say:

  • Read the discussion paper and enclosed discussion questions. You can answer these directly or use them to frame your written submission.
  • Upload your written submission or complete the survey using the online form.
  • Submit your feedback by 3 August 2020.

What’s next

The Committee will consider all submissions. Your input will inform the development of the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy. The Strategy will be presented to the Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management later in 2020.

Contact us

Email Agricultural Workforce