The agriculture sector needs access to the most advanced technologies and practices to continue to ‘farm smarter’.
Research, Development & Extension (RD&E)
The Australian Government will help farmers keep up-to-date with the latest research and technologies and new ways of improving business.
- 100 million over four years to extend the Rural R&D for Profit Programme to 2021–22 to get research onto the farm.
- A $1.4 million research boost to match industry levies and contributions in the export fodder and tea tree oil industries.
- A $1.2 million allocation to the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation for small industries.
- New RD&E priorities to direct levy funds to areas that will improve farm gate returns.
- Reduce Research and Development Corporations administration costs to leave more money for RD&E.
- $50 million to boost Australia’s emergency pest and disease eradication capability.
- $50 million to give farmers better tools and control methods against pest animals and weeds.
Skills and labour
The government is already helping farmers access skilled and reliable labour by:
- Focusing on better training through the $664.1 million Industry Skills Fund.
- Making visa programmes more flexible by expanding the Seasonal Worker Programme Australia-wide, and the Working Holiday Maker (417 and 462) visas in northern Australia.
- Establishing a new Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration to review the list of occupations available for sponsorship under the 457 visa.
The government is also supporting farmers and other land managers to tackle practical environmental projects. This includes the $1 billion National Landcare Programme, while the $700 million commitment to the Green Army will provide training in conservation management.
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