On Thursday 17 June, 2021, the Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney, announced a Review into the Future of Agriculture Training in Victoria. The Review will examine the delivery of training in the sector and the key factors to ensure courses delivered by TAFEs meet the needs of agriculture students and employers now and into the future. The Review is being led by State member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle, who has extensive first-hand experience in the agriculture sector having owned and operated her family’s sheep in Ararat farm for over a decade.
Review consultations will commence in August 2021 and will include stakeholder engagement with agriculture sector employers, training providers and students. Consultations will help inform the future actions required to strengthen training and increase enrolments in agriculture courses. The Review will culminate in a report that captures a series of key recommendations delivered to Minister Tierney in December 2021.
Ms Settle will conduct the consultations through face to face and digital meetings, and review written submissions. If you are interested in submitting a written contribution to this review visit the Future of Agricultural Training Review. Make your submission by 31 October 2021.
The Victorian agriculture sector produces over $14.9 billion worth of milk, fruit, vegetables, meat, fibre, eggs and grains, and supports a $41.5 billion food processing industry. Training people to meet the needs of Victoria's world-class agriculture sector is vital to ensuring that it continues to grow, boosting the Victorian economy and creating jobs across the state.