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- Policy Subcategory: Education, skills and training
Education and training
- Preview Draft Proposal: National harmonisation of minimum training and licensing requirements for occupational (fee for service) users of agvet chemicals (PDF 45.5 kb)
Submitted to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on 22 December, 2017
The NFF supports harmonisation in meeting these objectives and stresses the need to improve efficiency of current structures, rather than create unnecessary and duplicative processes. The NFF welcomes the current Government’s commitment to the harmonisation of agvet training across Australia and is supportive of reforms that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the current system. There are however, a number of issues that need to be addressed by the ACTG before the NFF can support the draft proposal.
- Preview Independent review into regional, rural and remote education (PDF 233.4 kb)
Submitted to Department of Education and Training on 6 September, 2017
The NFF asserts that all Australians should have equitable access to appropriate education and training services, regardless of their geographical location. As such, funding models for non-metropolitan education and training provisions should ensure equity of access to education and training and recognise the higher costs of operating in regional, rural and remote areas. The NFF believe that the three key areas that need to be focused on, if Australia is to improve the educational outcomes of non-metropolitan Australians includes: Addressing the inequality between metropolitan and non-metropolitan students; assessing and addressing the agricultural skill needs of the future; and ensuring that agriculture features in the National Curriculum.
- Preview Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses Discussion Paper: Submission (PDF 999.7 kb)
Submitted to Department of Industry on 15 February, 2015
- Preview Industry Engagement in Training Package Development: Submission (PDF 317.2 kb)
Submitted to Department of Industry and Science on 6 January, 2015
The NFF 19 December Industry Engagement in Training Package Development sets out the peak farm body's proposed approach to a new model for training package development in Australia*.
- Preview Skilled Occupations List 2014 (PDF 260.5 kb)
Submitted to Department of Industry on 12 November, 2014
Skilled Occupations List for 2014.
- Preview Industry Skills Fund: Submission (PDF 230.2 kb)
Submitted to Department of Industry on 8 September, 2014
The NFF 7 September 2014 Industry Skills Fund submission to the Department of Industry outlines that industry training must be simple and easy to access, preferably in a one-stop shop format and without undue red tape.
- Preview National Agriculture Workforce Development Plan (PDF 761.2 kb)
Submitted to National Workforce Development Fund on 17 July, 2014
The Plan, developed over a two year period in consultation with the National Education and Skills Taskforce and Rural Skills Australia, brings together key industry labour market demographics and identifies existing gaps in the agricultural labour market. The Plan also calls for the creation of a new national body to oversee the development and coordination of sustainable and effective long term workforce strategies for the sector.
- Preview Skilled Occupations List 2013: Submission (PDF 1.1 Mb)
Submitted to Australian Workplace and Productivity Agency on 16 November, 2012
The NFF’s 16 November 2012 submission to the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for 2013 demonstrates the importance of the SOL to the future labour supply of the agriculture industry and outlines the NFF's recommendations to help meet the future labour needs of the agricultural sector.
- Preview Skilled Occupations List 2012: Submission (PDF 260.7 kb)
Submitted to Skills Australia on 9 December, 2011
The NFF’s 9 December 2011 submission to the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for 2012 demonstrates the importance of the SOL to the future labour supply of the agriculture industry, and outlines the NFF's belief that the SOL should be flexible enough to reflect the changeable short and longer term needs of the industry as skills and labour shortages emerge.
- Preview Higher education and skills training in agriculture: Submission (PDF 1.4 Mb)
Submitted to Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee on 15 November, 2011
The NFF’s 15 November 2011 submission to the Senate Inquiry into higher education and skills training in agriculture seeks to demonstrate that there are no easy solutions in attracting more people to the agricultural industry and increasing the level of skills. Instead, industry and Government needs to work collaboratively to develop workable solutions.
- Preview Sustainable Population Strategy: Submission (PDF 381.0 kb)
Submitted to Australian Government on 28 March, 2011
The NFF's 28 March 2011 submission to the Sustainable Population Strategy asserts that regional employers need greater assistance in becoming employers of choice.
- Preview Population Policy: Regional Labour Pains: Submission (DOC 910.0 kb)
Submitted to House Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations on 23 April, 2010
The NFF's 23 April 2010 submission to the House Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations Inquiry into Regional Skills Relocation recommends a series of measures - including domestic relocation and tying immigration to regional locations - as part of the solution to Australia's projected population growth.
- Preview Future Governance of the National VET System: Submission (DOC 208.0 kb)
Submitted to Skills Australia on 15 October, 2008
The NFF's 15 October 2008 submission asserts that the National Training System is dominated by bureaucracy, despite claims that it is industry-led, and that reform is essential in the training system to ensure that skills based training reflects the relevant, practical needs of employers through a central role for industry.
- Preview Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program: Submission (PDF 252.7 kb)
Submitted to Department of Employment and Workplace Relations on 21 July, 2008
The NFF's 21 July 2008 submission highlights that rural and regional school students have lower literacy and numeracy outcomes than city students and fewer go on to study at university - yet, as modern farming involves high-tech equipment, science and skills, proficiencies in language, literacy and numeracy are essential.
- Preview Higher Education Review: Submission (PDF 451.6 kb)
Submitted to Australian Government on 15 June, 2008
The NFF's 15 June 2008 submission to the Australian Government's Higher Education Review notes a major challenge in attracting and retaining people in agriculture-related careers and academic disciplines to replace the present number of baby-boomers nearing retirement.
- Preview Skilling Australia for the Future: Submission (PDF 286.1 kb)
Submitted to Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations on 1 May, 2008
The NFF's May 2008 submission to the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations underscores farming's increasing needs for skills, training and capacity - with particular emphasis on the difficulties of training provision in rural and regional Australia.
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