Queensland Agriculture Industry Workforce Plan

To address workforce issues experienced in the agriculture industry, the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) in partnership with Jobs Queensland will deliver a Queensland Agriculture Industry Workforce Plan, to be completed by early 2022. The five-year plan will respond to the major issues reported by the industry while anticipating future workforce demand. 

The Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance (RJSA) is our industry advisory group, providing expertise, strategic advice and access to networks to inform and guide the project. The team will research, identify and quantify the most pressing statewide workforce issues facing agriculture over the next three to five years. 

How do I get involved?

It is vital that your insight, knowledge and experience is reflected in the priorities and actions in the workforce plan. Agribusinesses that are employers are invited to shape the priorities of the Queensland Agriculture Industry Workforce Plan during a program of consultation. From August to November, the consultation program will include workshops, online consultations and focus groups. Workshops will be held in Nambour, Dalby, Emerald, Tablelands, Ayr and one other location. During the consultation, you will be asked about the following pressures experienced by the agriculture industry: 

  • Adaptability – How will we grow business capability for innovation and adaptation to change? 
  • Attraction and diversity – How will we grow a diverse and inclusive future agriculture workforce? 
  • Retention – How will we grow agriculture careers and opportunities and how do we become employers of choice? 
  • Skilling – How will we grow future workforce skills in agriculture? 

Register for a regional workshop

If you are involved in an Agribusiness that is an employer, please register for a regional workshop.
  • Agriculture Industry Workforce Plan Consultation Workshops
    Nambour  

    9am for 9.15am – 12.00pm, 

    3 August 

    Emerald 

    8.30 for 8.45am – 11.30am, 

    17 August 

     Dalby 

    9am for 9.15am – 12.00pm, 

    24 August   

    Tablelands 

    9am for 9.15am – 12.00pm, 

    12 October 

    Ayr 

    9am for 9.15am – 12.00pm, 

    3 November 

    + an additional location tbc 
  • Workforce Planning Connect Workshops

    Support is on offer to small and medium-sized agriculture business who are ready to build capability and/or start planning for their future workforce with four free workshops planned to coincide with the consultation workshops.

    Jobs Queensland is offering free training to help you:

    • Understand the benefits and advantages of workforce planning;
    • Build your knowledge of workforce planning; and
    • Grow capacity and skills in workforce planning.

    Learn how to develop your own workforce plan in a two hour workshop. Prepare for your future. Workshop participants will learn about the benefits and advantages of workforce planning and develop a draft workforce plan to build on.

    Come and meet the Jobs Queensland Workforce Planning Team in Emerald, Dalby, Atherton and Ayr.

    Emerald

    12:00pm – 2:00pm

    17 August

    Dalby

    12:30pm – 2:30pm

    24 August  

    Tablelands

    12:30pm – 2:30pm

    12 October

    Ayr

    12:30pm – 2:30pm

    3 November

  • Why a workforce plan?

    Future growth and market opportunities for Queensland agriculture are dependent on a highly trained and skilled workforce. The industry employs over 90,000 people, and commonly experiences difficulties in attracting and retaining skilled workers. As the industry continues to modernise, a skilled and appropriately trained workforce, prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, is critical for the industry to remain competitive and innovative.

    A workforce plan is a plan for the future. It will drive action for building the capability of agriculture businesses and their workforce for a contemporary, competitive and adaptable industry. The plan will strategically respond to the many issues that the agriculture industry has reported:

    • Managing workforce shortages
    • Developing our workforce and adapting to changing skilling and knowledge requirements
    • Attracting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce
    • Up-skilling workers to respond to innovation and technology opportunities
    • Engaging with education and training sectors to ensure that their offering meet sector needs
    • Ensuring regulatory compliance in an increasingly complex environment
    • Identifying and responding to emerging challenges
  • What is workforce planning?

    “Having the right people, in the right place, with the right capabilities at the right time.”

    Workforce planning is a process where understanding of the current workforce and research into the future workforce identifies the gaps between what we have today and what we need in five years. It is a future focused approach that lifts thinking out of immediate succession, recruitment and retention needs to preparing strategies to meet the workforce needs for the industry which will become critical in the next few years by:

    • Identifying future business directions and workforce needs;
    • Analysing and understanding the make-up of the current workforce (through demographic staff profiling, SWOT analysis, environmental scanning etc.);
    • Determining the necessary skills, capabilities and competencies required to achieve strategic and operational goals in the future; and
    • Developing policies and strategies that will assist in achieving these goals.

    The research undertaken during this project will point us towards the critical workforce risks that the plan will address.

Contact

Please contact the workforce planning team for more information

Phone
(07) 3837 4720

Email
workforceplanning@qff.org.au

 

This Agriculture Workforce Plan Project is proudly supported and funded by the Queensland Government.

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