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If you have a passion for plants and animals, geology, sustainability and the great outdoors, studying Agriculture could be a perfect fit for you.
With ongoing technological advancements, and innovative new products and initiatives, this sector can offer you the chance to make a difference to the environment, and to the people of Australia.
While challenging weather conditions impacted 2018 crop yields, the outlook for the Australian agricultural industry remains positive. Revenue is expected to climb 7.5% over the next five years, with forecasts estimating revenue to reach $102.6 billion in 2023.
Driven by global restrictions on the supply of crops and grains, prices are expected to rise throughout 2019. And despite the drought challenges throughout Australia’s east, the livestock industry also performed well.
Fueled by an enduring high Asian demand for Australian livestock (notably from China) prices, are being inflated, particularly for lamb. The value of Australian livestock production rose by 17.7% in the 2017-2018 period, and this has helped contribute to a 14.4% increase in the price received for lamb by Australian farmers.
In 2018 the employment level for occupations relevant to agribusiness, was around 165,000, which was around 20,000 more than the previous year. Additionally, the top five agricultural occupations in demand were:
According to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management Industry Reference Committee’s 2019 Skills Forecast, the top generic skills for the agriculture industry are:
The Australian agriculture industry’s increasing demand for ‘tech’ skills and decrease in more traditional ‘farming’ skills, suggests that there will also be a shift in the content being taught to the next generation of farmers.
Australia’s agriculture industry is forecast to reach $100 billion by 2030, but not without substantial investment in agricultural technologies. Top priority skills in the years ahead include carbon farming, permaculture, protected horticulture and irrigation technology.
Example of TAFE NSW courses aligned to Agriculture: