Young farmer and new entrant mentoring program 2022

Program overview

The Young Farmer and New Entrant Mentoring Program provides young farmers and new entrants the opportunity to be a paired with an experienced farmer or ‘mentor’ to assist them in:

  • developing skills to better manage their farm businesses
  • identifying risks
  • developing strategies to build resilience and achieve their business goals.

The program will be facilitated by a farm business consultant who will pair the young farmer or ‘mentee’ with a mentor whose experience aligns with the mentee’s enterprise and personal development goals.

The program will run until 30 November 2022. During this period the mentor and mentee will work together overseen by their facilitator. All parties will work together to arrange regular catch ups to track the progress of the mentee.

The purpose of the program is to assist the mentee in building professional networks, using trusted sources of advice and information, and developing competency in setting business goals and assessing risks.

There is one mentoring program round per year and approximately eight mentorships are awarded per round.

The Young Farmer and New Entrant Mentoring Program is funded by the Victorian Government's Smarter, Safer Farms initiative through its skills program which provides targeted training to build capability in financial literacy, risk management, farm planning and adaption to climate change.

The application period opens on Tuesday 21 September 2021 and will close at midnight on Sunday 31 October 2021.

Young Farmer and New Entrant Mentoring Program guidelines

These guidelines provide information on what you need to do to apply, eligibility, selection criteria, and what is required of scholarship recipient:

Please read these guidelines before submitting your Expression of Interest (EOI).

Apply now

You can apply for our 2022 program now via Expression of Interest. Submit your EOI online or download and complete an Expression of Interest and submit to the Young Farmer Coordinator at

Submit your EOI online

More information

For more information contact Sarah Wallis – Young Farmer Project Coordinator

Page last updated: 21 Sep 2021