National drought reform - farm business training

Queensland supports the National Drought Policy (NDP) reform process agreed to between the federal, state and territory governments, which seek to improve the drought preparedness of its primary producers. The federal, state and territory governments have agreed to implement these reforms from 1 July 2014.

The reforms change the way in which primary producers will be assisted in future droughts.  Federal, state and territory governments have agreed that future drought arrangements be aimed at helping producers move from 'crisis' to 'risk' management and focus on 'preparedness' and 'self reliance'.

Under these reforms, the state and territory governments have agreed to provide primary producers with information on farm business management training and provide access to decision support systems to provide access to improve risk management skills.

Farm business training

Under NDP reforms, nationally consistent units of competency have been developed through the Federal Government's Industry Skills Council for primary production – AgriFood Skills Australia.

Code Title
AHCBUS403A Support and review business structures and relationships
AHCBUS506A Develop and review a business plan
AHCBUS507A Monitor and review business performance
BSBRSK501B Manage Risk

These units of competencies form the national Farm Business Management Skill Set. Training in the core competency units will be provided by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). It is considered that acquisition of these competencies will assist primary producers in planning for and managing climate and business risks.

These competencies can be provided by any Registered Training Organisation that is approved to deliver them. In Queensland, these RTOs include:

There may be other RTOs that can offer this training. Your RTO will be able to advise you of the cost of undertaking these courses.

The skills that are obtained through completing these competencies may also be acquired through non-accredited training, such as workshops or private consultancies. However, non-accredited training will not result in a nationally recognised "statement of attainment" and may not attract government subsidies for training.

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