Smarter, Safer Farms
Announced by the Victorian Government in October, Smarter, Safer Farms is a four-year initiative which will invest in targeted approaches to:
- keep farmers, workers and families safe and well
- make sound business and farm management decisions
- prepare and be resilient through drought and other impacts of climate change
- capture benefits of innovation.
It includes $10 million of farm safety and wellbeing initiatives to change Victoria’s farm safety culture and reduce the number of deaths and injuries on farm. A $10 million skills program, which includes targeted training to build capability in financial literacy, risk management, farm planning and adaptation to climate change is also be part of the initiative.
The program also delivers on the skills and education part of the Victorian Government’s Digital Agriculture Strategy. Investments will be made in the department’s SmartFarms and a schools and industry program that will enable students and industry to learn and benefit from SmartFarm demonstration trials and technology.
Two leadership bodies, the Farm Safety Council and Farm Skills Victoria will also be established to provide leadership and guidance across the initiatives and to consider how we can work collaboratively to meet the skill needs of the future workforce.