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.

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.

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.

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2021