“Evidence-based reforms to the vocational education and training sector, including a rational approach to funding arrangements, are sorely needed,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said.
“For a long time now agriculture has been an afterthought when it comes to the formal skills development system and the programs that support it.
“Farmers would very much welcome a framework that builds and recognises the many skills required in farm businesses,” Mr Mahar said.
The NFF has a vision for farm gate output to tally $100 billion by 2030. The 2030 Roadmap, the plan to achieve this growth, outlines an aspiration to create a clear pathway to develop the skills of new entrants to the agriculture sector.
“The goal is double the number of tertiary and vocational agriculture graduates and to increase the overall available farm workforce by 2030,” Mr Mahar said.
Mr Mahar said just as vital was a collaborative, consultative review of industrial relations.