Education & training

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

The Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program is an initiative of the NSW Government’s Drought Strategy and has been developed to support farmers and provide access to vocational and skills training. Three professional development priority areas have been identified:

  • Risk management
  • Financial and business management
  • Farm business planning/drought preparedness

Since 2015, the Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program has been available to support farmers and help them prepare for and deal with drought. Through vocational and skills training, the program focused on risk management and improving the productivity, profitability and viability of farm businesses. The five year program has now closed.

During the five years, 1,687 farmers have taken part in the program with courses completed across the three professional development priority areas identified.

More than $3.7 million in training subsidies have covered course costs including course fees, travel costs', child/respite care costs and/or software specifically relating to a course.

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