National Drought Agreement - farm business training

On 12 December 2018, Queensland as a member of the Council of Australian Governments agreed and signed a new National Drought Agreement (PDF, 455KB) (NDA). The NDA sets out a joint approach to drought preparedness, responses and recovery, with a focus on accountability and transparency. The agreement recognises the need to support farming businesses and farming communities to manage and prepare for climate change and variability. The NDA focuses on enhancing long-term preparedness and resilience.

Under the National Drought Agreement each state or territory is responsible for encouraging the delivery and uptake of capability-building programs to improve farming businesses' skills and decision making that are flexible and tailored to farming businesses' needs.

Farm business training skill sets

Currently there are two key skill sets contained in the National Training Package for agriculture and horticulture that support producers in acquiring skills to plan for business contingencies in the event of drought or other severe disruptions. These skills sets are:

  • Farm Business Management Skills Set (AHCSS00030) and
  • Farm Business Workforce Skills Set (AHCSS00088).

The Farm Business Management Skills Set comprises:

  • Support and review business structures and relationships
  • Develop and review a business plan
  • Monitor and review business performance
  • Manage risk.

The Farm Business Workforce Skills Set comprises:

  • Manage enterprise staff requirements
  • Supervise work routines and staff performance
  • Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staff
  • Provide work skill instruction

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: TAFE Queensland – Phone 07 4160 4450 and University of Queensland – Farm Business Skill Set.

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.

It is considered that acquisition of these competencies will assist primary producers in planning for and managing climate and business risks.

Note: 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.