Australia’s agricultural leaders will have the opportunity to develop their skills to strongly represent their industries thanks to the Federal Government’s $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.
Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the fund will officially open for applications on 5 April 2017, delivering on a key Federal Government election commitment which recognises the continued importance to the Australian economy of strong leadership support in the agriculture sector.
“A stronger agriculture sector will boost Australia’s productivity, jobs and exports and to drive it we need strong industry leaders to champion issues as well as identify opportunities for their sectors,” Federal Minister Joyce said.
“Through the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund, we are supporting our farming, forestry and fisheries leaders to gain the skills they need to effectively advocate agricultural commodity priorities with authenticity into urban communities, join international trade delegations, open new markets and run national corporate organisations and agribusiness companies.
“The fund will ensure agricultural leaders and their organisations are equipped with the skills to fulfil regulatory responsibilities in consulting on use of farmers’ levy funds, supporting biosecurity responses and managing structural adjustment.
“The fund is a competitive grant process open to Australian national agricultural industry representative bodies. The grants can be used to fund activities such as professional development, training courses, webinars or strategic planning activities to give industry members the skills, knowledge and support they need deliver on the challenging obligations national farm leaders face.
“This initiative forms an important part of our policy for a Stronger Agriculture Sector, announced at 2016’s federal election to support Australia’s farmers who contribute around $51 billion to our nation’s economy.
“This once-off funding opportunity should enable peak agricultural representative organisations to develop the training and capacity to boost their elected representatives’ leadership skills long into the future.
“I encourage all interested industry bodies to get involved and find out more, including reading the guidelines that are already available.
“Information sessions in capital cities have already been held, and staff in my department are also happy to discuss the application process with interested people ahead of the grants opening.”
Applications open 5 April 2017 and close Wednesday 17 May, 2017.