New way ahead for ag workforce

A round of grant funding has opened for industry to develop projects and initiatives to support the growth, retention, and sustainability of the agricultural workforce.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the $7.3 million AgUP grants program would encourage the agriculture, fisheries, and forestry sector to lead efforts to meet their workforce needs.

“Agriculture is only as good as its people,” Minister Littleproud said. “It’s always a shame when agriculture, fisheries or forestry lose a good worker because they can’t see a career pathway that works for them.

“The AgUP grants program is about supporting industry led initiatives to develop career pathways and upskill, train and mentor agricultural workers.

“We want to see opportunities within these industries for Australians who want them. That means making sure workers know there are opportunities to progress and grow their careers within the primary industries sector.

“By supporting these initiatives, we can build the industry workforce in a way that is sustainable and so businesses can develop and retain good people.

“Retaining and growing the workforce is just one way that we can support the industry to become a $100 billion sector by 2030.”

More information on the AgUP Grants Program is available here and here

At a glance:

  • The AgUP Program 2022 (Round 1) opened for applications on November 23, 2021 and closes on January 20, 2022.
  • The Australian Government has announced a total of up to $7.323 million in administered funding over four years for the AgUP Program.
  • The main objectives of the program are to:
    Support sustainable industry-led approaches that improve workforce outcomes to retain workers in agriculture, fisheries, and forestry sectors; and,
    For industry to facilitate workforce activities that successfully identify and establish career pathways and progression in agriculture, fisheries, and forestry sectors for Australians.


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