Education in AgTech is key to the next generation of Queensland workers to securing a career in agriculture.
In the next 10 years, 30% of agriculture roles will be automated and 11% will be augmented with an increasing emphasis on innovative artificial intelligence and wearable devices.
AgTech will change the employment landscape in agriculture in the future, with the sector expected to become a $100 billion industry by 2030.
It is prime time to upskill in AgTech to make the most of opportunities emerging now and into the future.
Study and training
Pursuing a career in AgTech offers excitement, innovation and problem solving where you can help agribusiness thrive in the next generation of farming.
From fisheries to livestock farming or horticulture, AgTech is making an impact on management practices already. Processes are becoming more efficient, digitised and driven by tech solutions –the future is bright.
Agriculture is a fast-changing industry in Queensland, rapidly shaped by big data, large-scale computing and new technology.
Find out more:
- Consider studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Technology and Management, Bachelor of Science - Animal Science, Bachelor of Science - Plant Agricultural Science, an Agriculture Engineering Degree, an Environmental Engineering Degree or at the University of Southern Queensland
- Professional Education Partnerships (PEP) at the University of Southern Queensland provide partnerships with industry for real world paid experience
- Consider a Diploma of Agribusiness Management (Agronomy digital technologies short course) at the University of Queensland
- TAFE Queensland provides a range of agriculture courses which could open the door to your AgTech career
- Hear from AgTech experts on the future of the industry and how to get a job after university
- Learn AgTech has courses you can take
Discover agribusiness or science degrees available at Study Queensland or at the following university websites:
- CQUniversity (CQU)
- Griffith University (GU)
- James Cook University (JCU)
- Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
- Southern Cross University (SCU)
- The University of Queensland (UQ)
- University of Sunshine Coast (USC)
In the classroom
Bring AgTech into the classroom at your school by applying for support and funding of up to $10,000 through the Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools Program.
the agri-business gateway to industry
schools program is actually part of our
next gen ag program it aims to excite
students about the variety of jobs in
agriculture and the role that
agriculture plays in food security and
global markets currently there's 67
schools in the project across queensland
we have one teacher school that has a
busch garden and they do things like
soil management salt monitoring and they
use all of that data in their classrooms
for their stem work and then we have a
number of schools who are fully
vertically integrated they do everything
on their school grounds from grow the
calf to they plant the seed and then
they eventually sell that product
there's a whole new layer of farming
that is now opening up with with um you
know smart farming digital technology
and i think that you know the sensors
and the smart farming network that we've
set up has really helped the kids
understand that there's there's a whole
new level that that didn't exist really
five years ago that's now opening up
which is the future before i did this
course i didn't really realize how much
technology is actually used in
agriculture when i sort of pictured
agriculture it was more just done my
hands like they did way back when now
it's so different like you can see how
much technology they use they use all
these different sensors
drones and everything to see when crops
are growing or how well they are it's
really cool it's exciting because even
though agriculture is definitely fun
just learning about the animals and the
plants and how they work but it's also
really fun being able to make your own
experiments and learn your own things
through testing using data
technology when we look at the data if
there's like a weight drop she'll look
immediately into diseases that can cause
that drop and i like to and she looks at
food yeah i look at nutrition because i
really want to get the alpacas our
school our packers onto a diet that will
help them to stay at a steady weight
that's healthy for them agtech is
important to our department because it
offers opportunities in efficiencies so
it's important that we get students
really involved in ag tech like corinda
has been and we have many schools that
are doing a similar work because these
roles are going to be the roles of the
future and we're going to augment our
current roles into future roles i think
the agribusiness program and the you
know the funding that we've got from the
agri business grant is it's definitely
like opened up that possibilities for
some students and made them see
things that they would not have
considered as a career you know that
they now realize that this is something
that i can
make my passion that i really can pursue
leads kids to think well this is what i
would like to do for a career
you know this is a journey i would like
to take i hope
many students who take part in the
agribusiness program go on to study or
work in the agriculture industry many of
these jobs haven't even been thought of
yet because there's so many fields in
agriculture i'd love to be part of one
of those when i'm older and new school
since you come to the school it's just
my god wow this is amazing i really want
to do this later on whom life
Starting your AgTech career
As the demand for automated precision agriculture technologies increases, so will demand for Queensland’s tech workforce in farming.
The Australian Agritech Association regularly posts job openings via a slack channel via the #jobs thread.
You can also subscribe to the AusAgritech monthly newsletter which has job advertisements.
Find out more:
You can access free support to attract and retain workers via the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN).
The service provides dedicated officers for advice on workforce services and initiatives to all Queensland agribusinesses.
- The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network,
or QAWN, is a free service that supports
Queensland agribusiness, regardless of commodity
or organisation membership
to attract, train, and retain workers.
Funded by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries,
QAWN is a network of industry based officers
who work with producers and operators
across the supply chain
to address recruitment and skilling issues.
Importantly, the programme is available across the state,
is regionally based,
and is supported by peak agriculture bodies
who host the workforce offices in local offices.
Current QAWN industry partners include
Queensland Farmers' Federation, Growcom, CHRRUP,
Bowen Gumlu Growers Association,
Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers, CANEGROWERS Mackay,
- TASSAL produces Australia's largest production
of farmed tiger prawns.
So with the implementation of the QAWN programme for us
when we commenced our operations in Northern Queensland,
it was really a critical component
to build those partnerships with the different stakeholders
and looking at the other agribusinesses within the area
that we can partnership with.
- The agriculture and aquaculture industry
is critical in the future prosperity of North Queensland.
You know, looking at our future economy,
the success of those industries is going to be key
to ensuring we're a prosperous region.
The QAWN programme is vital to that,
ensuring that we've got the workers that we need
to go into the future.
- The QAWN programme offers the businesses the opportunity
to connect with a locally based QAWN officer.
It means that they really understand
what the needs are of the community
and what facilities and infrastructure that they can access,
including training that they can get involved in.
- Bare Essentials produces leafy green vegetables and herbs
here in the Lockyer Valley, Queensland.
We've been growing since 1914 and we supply Australia wide.
The type of barriers that Bare Essentials faces
with employment is attracting staff
that are interested in agriculture
and really see themselves as part of the agri industry
and are after a career.
The QAWN programme has provided Bare Essentials
with specific assistance
in relation to finding staff and training them
and helping us to connect with them.
- QAWN officers are members
of several working groups and member networks,
and we're constantly updated with information
that we then share with businesses
to support their labour needs.
We provide advice and guidance
on workforce attraction, recruitment, and development.
And we form connections that will assist
in building a strong workforce
for the future of the agricultural sector.
- My farm currently produces sugar for Bundy Sugar
and we grow peanuts, which yeah,
goes into the peanut butter brands.
I can see in the next generation coming through,
there's been, from what I can see,
a big disconnect from kids
knowing where their food comes from.
So the QAWN programme has been good
because it can, you know, bring the current students
from this generation at school out to real working farms.
I actually had a girl that I did a few weeks work
over the Christmas holidays,
and I think she's gone on to get,
you know, a job after school on a property.
- So the barriers we've faced and specifically around COVID
has been finding local employees that are ag specific.
So obviously that brings with it some skill gap,
experience gaps, and knowledge gaps.
So the QAWN programme has allowed us to utilise,
I guess, third party resources
to find people like Cody who are ag passionate.
- I've grown up with agriculture my whole life.
My father worked on state cattle stations.
I've got friends and family that own properties.
I'm come from a country town myself,
and I've just grown up with agriculture
and I've grown to love it.
Summer's Harvest Programme was a programme
that was started up a few years ago
to help kids that love agriculture work in the ag industry.
The advice I'd give to other young people is have a go.
You're not going to fully embrace it
if you don't give it a go, get your hands dirty,
and get the full experience for yourself.
I can stand here and tell you what it's like
but you won't understand for yourself
unless you go and give it a go.
- Contact your local QAWN officer
for support in attracting, retaining,
and training workers for your business.
Last updated: 14 Oct 2022