JMR with Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud

The Morrison Government is offering new funding grants to industry to develop projects and initiatives to support the growth, retention, and sustainability of the agricultural workforce.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the $7.3 million AgUP grants program would encourage the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector to lead efforts to meet their workforce needs.

““The AgUP grants program is about supporting industry led initiatives to develop career pathways and upskill, train and mentor agricultural workers,” Minister Littleproud said.

“We want to see opportunities within these industries for Australians who would like to take these opportunities up. That means making sure workers know that they can progress and grow their careers while still staying in the primary industries sector.”

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the AgUP program borrow expertise from industry to support sustainable industry-led approaches that improve workforce outcomes to retain workers in agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors.

“By supporting these initiatives, we can build up the industry workforce in a way that is sustainable and so businesses and the regions that rely on them can maintain a talented workforce,” Senator Henderson said.

“Training, retaining and growing the workforce is just one way that we can support the agricultural industry to become a $100 billion sector by 2030.”

More information on the AgUP Grants Program is available at www.awe.gov.au/agriculture-land/farm-food-drought/agricultural-workforce or at www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants.

Fast Facts:

  • The AgUP Program 2022 (Round 1) opens for applications on 23 November 2021 and closes on 20 January 2022.
  • The Australian Government has announced a total of up to $7.323 million in administered funding over four years for the AgUP Program.

25 November 2021