You can choose a course, use a consultant or prepare the Farm Plan yourself. Additionally the department provide Farm Planning workshops.
In making your decision, you should ask yourself:
- How much time do I have to develop a Farm Plan?
- How much money am I prepared to spend on developing a Farm Plan?
- What would I like to learn from developing a Farm Plan (i.e. I'd like to learn about the environmental features of my property)?
- Would I be happy with a consultant completing a Farm Plan on my behalf or would I want to be more involved?
Farmers can prepare a Farm Plan for their own business management, or to include in a Rural Land Permit Application. The department has found applications without a Farm Plan take longer and the process is often stalled or does not proceed.
Option A – Farm Planning course
Choosing this option, a landholder would complete a Farm Plan by attending a course with a preferred provider (about 30 hours)
The training provides you with a nationally accredited course and one which supports further agricultural and land management qualifications.
The program brings together groups with similar goals that work together to provide a seamless service to farmers. Learn more about FarmPlan21 course and the competency standard RTE5516A 'Develop a whole farm plan'.
Many organisations now offer farm planning services. Quite often those that are most successful, link implementation strategies with on-ground works and align farm plans with regional catchment strategies.
WFP Course Contacts
- Contact your local TAFE
- Landcare Online
Option B – Consultant
Choosing this option, a landholder would organise for a Farm Plan to be prepared by a farm planning service provider.
Farm Planning Consultant Contacts:
- Check the telephone directory or the web locality search.
Option C – Self assessment
Self Assessment Contacts:
- Check for programs e.g. Environmental Best Management Practice (EBMP)
- Use the guidelines, checklists and resources.
- Ask your council for any guiding documents.
Note: The chart calculations are provided as a guide only and reflect the comparative differences found in department reviews. Each applicant should determine their own needs and appropriate course of action and discuss with their council.
Whole Farm Planning Workshops
The department conducts Whole Farm Planning Workshops for broadacre farmers and small lifestyle landholders.
After completing the workshop you will have the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about your farm.
Using an aerial photograph of your property and a group learning environment you will be able to create an action plan to meet your goals.
Topics covered in the workshop include:
- identifying land classes and capability
- farm water supply
- preparing for dry conditions
- emergency preparation
- native vegetation management
- maintaining healthy pastures and soils.
"The workshops provided my husband and I with a great opportunity to access information, create local networks and plan to improve the health of our property" (Catherine Hayes - small lifestyle landholder)
Workshops can be conducted in your local area or individual farm visits can be arranged to assist in preparing your whole farm plan.