Agricultural College Modernisation program

The $50 million Agricultural College Modernisation Program is delivering the agriculture skills of the future and helping more Victorians pursue an exciting career in this diverse industry.

Victoria's growing farm food and fibre sector needs more skilled workers with digital, business, risk and marketing skills. The agriculture sector also needs food and fibre entrepreneurs to take products to international markets.

To meet future demand, on 18 November 2020 the Government announced an investment of $50 million over four years for the Agricultural College Modernisation Program – to help more Victorians pursue careers in agriculture.

  • $20 million is being used to build new student accommodation and teaching facilities at Longerenong College, Marcus Oldham College and University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus. The projects will increase the colleges capacity to accommodate more students and make other on-campus improvements.
  • $30 million is being used to deliver the Future Agriculture Skills Capacity Fund that will support Victoria’s TAFEs and other agriculture education and training providers to develop students' skills ensuring they have the training required for a future in agriculture.

Agriculture training and education is delivered through traditional agriculture colleges, TAFEs, other public and private training providers, and secondary schools. The Future Agriculture Skills Capacity Fund will support projects that ensure providers have high quality and state-of-the-art learning facilities and are delivering agriculture programs that meet the future skills needs of the industry. The design of the Skills Fund is being undertaken in consultation with relevant stakeholders.

For general enquiries about the Agricultural College Modernisation Program email: skillsandsafety@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Aerial view of construction vehicles and building works at Marcus Oldham College showing concrete form work and partitioning of accommodation building.

Aerial view of project site at Longerenong College including existing housing that will be demolished.

Secondary Schools Agriculture Fund

The $5.5 million Secondary Schools Agriculture Fund will support Victorian secondary schools to deliver the agriculture skills of the future by supporting students to transition into modern careers in agriculture.

Secondary schools

$4.5 million in funding will be available for secondary schools to invest in programs and resources to boost pathways into agricultural careers that meet the needs of communities and Victoria’s agricultural industries.

Funding will be available for a range of agriculture education activities that could include designing programs, engagement with local industry, purchasing equipment and other identified school needs.

Tech schools

$1 million in funding will be available for tech schools to invest in state-of-the art resources and new technology to deliver online and outreach agricultural technology programs to meet the needs of industry as farming practices evolve.

Timeline

Expressions of interest for the Secondary Schools Agriculture Fund will open for Tech Schools in Term 1, 2022 and secondary schools in Term 2, 2022.

The Future Agriculture Skills Capacity Fund is part of the $50 million Agricultural College Modernisation Program supporting more Victorians to pursue exciting careers in agriculture.

The fund is being delivered by the Victorian Department of Education and Training and is funded by Agriculture Victoria.

For enquiries about the Secondary Schools Agriculture Fund visit the Department of Education or email  secondary.schools.agriculture.fund@education.vic.gov.au.

Two students with a teacher and two calves

Review into the Future of Agriculture Training in Victoria

On 17 June 2021, a Review into the Future of Agriculture Training in Victoria was announced by the Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney MP.  Recommendations will help inform the design of the Skills Fund.

Page last updated: 16 Feb 2022