National leadership for the broader agricultural innovation system will ensure a coordinated
approach to meeting national, system-wide priorities. An advisory panel will strengthen leadership
and investigate ways to modernise the system. A focus will be on developing, through collaboration,
ambitious national objectives that can encourage a step-change in the innovation capacity and
culture for Australia’s food and fibre industries.
The development of an agricultural workforce strategy will consider the role of agricultural
education in meeting Australia’s current and future workforce needs in food and fibre industries.
The focus will be on developing a skilled, future workforce the industry requires.
Why is this important?
Australian agriculture increasingly faces big, complex challenges and opportunities. To respond
requires scale and scope to integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge. A national approach is needed
to ensure investments are sound, strategic and coordinated.
There is a need for:
- Stronger system leadership to improve connectivity and collaboration, to better target
investment and to measure performance of the system.
- Increased focus on transformational, cross-commodity and public good research,
development and extension to drive transformational innovation.
- Stronger roles for regional Australia in innovation and providing a way for regions to influence
broader innovation priorities.
- Improved supporting platforms such as data infrastructure, research facilities and
telecommunication and internet connectivity.
- Stronger culture for innovation and a greater appetite for risk, support for entrepreneurship
and encouraging diversity in the system.
- Students who understand how their skills and training are relevant to an increasingly
technologically diverse Australian agriculture. This should encourage more young Australians
to enter the food and fibre industry skilled workforce and make Australia’s agricultural
workforce more sustainable in the long term.
Who will benefit?
These measures will improve outcomes for Australia’s agricultural sector and the broader
Australian economy and community. They will encourage more young Australians to see
agriculture as a rewarding career and provide opportunities for more jobs in rural and
What will this cost?
- National Leadership for Agricultural Innovation $2.9m
- National Agricultural Workforce Strategy $1.9m