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This page provides information and data on Agribusiness, which is the business of agricultural production.

Nationally recognised training for Agribusiness is delivered under the AHC - Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package is managed by the Agriculture and Production Horticulture IRC.

Visit the following pages for information on Production Horticulture, Agricultural Operations and Services, Animal Care and Management, and Food Production, Transport, Retail, and Hospitality industries.  

Information sourced from the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast and the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management IRC’s 2020 Skills Forecast.

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

IRC and skills forecasts

IRCs now submit comprehensive Skills Forecasts to the AISC every 3 years, with abridged annual updates submitted in the intervening 2 years.

Employment trends

Please note: any employment projections outlined below were calculated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics prior to COVID-19.

Employment snapshot

In 2020 the employment level for occupations relevant to Agribusiness increased from the previous year to around 198,100.  The largest area of employment is Livestock Farmers, followed by Crop Farmers. Overall employment levels in these occupations are projected to decrease by 2024 (from 2020 levels), although there is expected to be a minor increase in employment for Crop Farmers.

Training trends

Training snapshot

In 2019 there were just over 610 program enrolments in Agribusiness qualifications, which was a decrease from 2015 when there were approximately 880 enrolments. There were also more than 210 program completions, which was about on par with 2015. All enrolments were in qualifications were at the certificate IV level or above in 2019, with just over half the enrolments at the Diploma or above level.

The destination occupations for the training were Farmers and Farm Managers or Stock and Station Agent.

Most training was delivered by a private training provider (68%) or a TAFE institute (25%) in 2019. Training was most likely to be government funded (85%) followed by international fee for service (11%) and then domestic fee-for-service (5%).  

Approximately 47% of the training was undertaken by students located in Victoria followed by New South Wales (13%), South Australia (12%) and Queensland and overseas students (11% each).  

More than half of the training was delivered in Victoria (53%), followed by South Australia and Queensland (15% each) and New South Wales (11%).

There were insufficient enrolments in apprenticeships or traineeships to allow analysis.

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

Agriculture is a complex business environment with legislative and regulatory requirements necessitating the development of robust planning frameworks, according to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC’s 2020 Skills Forecast. Further to the factors outlined on the Agriculture page, Agribusiness is experiencing:

  • Challenges in filling skilled positions, particularly in broadacre and dairy farms, and middle-management positions more broadly, due to a reported shortage of leadership and financial skills. The need for financial skills is notable within upscaling family-run farms that are implementing corporate and workplace health and safety (WHS) policies and thorough budgeting
  • Challenges with participation in networks that enable and encourage AgTech adoption. According to analysis of LinkedIn data by the United States Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia’s AgTech networks are significantly less cohesive and interconnected than in the United States and New Zealand. This means innovators and Australian farmers are less likely to collaborate or share knowledge with each other, learn from, or conduct business with others.

Analysis of priority skills identified in the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast is available on the Agriculture Cluster page.

Links and resources

Below is a list of industry-relevant organisations and associations. Hyperlinks have been included where available.

Industry associations and advisory bodies

Agribusiness Australia

AgriFutures Australia

Almond Board Australia

Animal Health Australia

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL)

Arboriculture Australia

Australasian Alpaca Breeders Association Inc

Australia Wool Testing Authority

Australian Alpaca Association

Australian Asparagus Council

Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders

Australian Banana Growers' Council

Australian Blueberry Growers' Association

Australian Cane Farmers Association

Australian Chicken Growers' Council

Australian Chicken Meat Federation Inc

Australian Cotton Ginners Association

Australian Cotton Shippers Association

Australian Custom Harvesters

Australian Dairy Farmers

Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (DataGene)

Australian Dairy Industry Council

Australian Eggs Limited

Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association Ltd

Australian Farm Institute

Australian Fodder Industry Association Ltd

Australian Grape and Vine

Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Inc.

Australian Institute of Horticulture Inc.

Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association

Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council

Australian Lot Feeders' Association

Australian Lychee Growers Association

Australian Macadamia Society Ltd

Australian Mango Industry Association

Australian Melon Association Inc.

Australian Mungbean Association

Australian Mushroom Growers’ Association Ltd

Australian Nut Industry Council

Australian Oilseeds Federation

Australian Olive Association

Australian Organic

Australian Organics Recycling Association

Australian Ostrich Association

Australian Pecan Association

Australian Pig Breeders Association Ltd

Australian Pineapple Association

Australian Pork Limited

Australian Queen Bee Breeders’ Association

Australian Seed Federation

Australian Seeds Authority Ltd

Australian Society of Horticultural Science

Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology

Australian Sunflower Association

Australian Sweetpotato Growers Inc.

Australian Table Grape Association

Australian Vignerons

Australian Wool Exchange Ltd

Australian Wool Innovation Ltd


Avocados Australia Ltd

Barley Australia

Bean Growers Australia

Cane Harvesters


Canola Association of Australia

Cattle Council of Australia

Cherry Growers Australia Inc.

Chestnuts Australia Inc.

Citrus Australia

Corporate Agriculture Australia

Cotton Australia

Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)

Crocodile Farmers Association of the Northern Territory

Crop Consultants Australia

Crop Pollination Association Inc.

Custard Apples Australia Inc.

Dairy Australia

Dairy Goat Society of Australia

Deer Industry Association of Australia

Dried Fruits Australia

Egg Farmers of Australia

Farm Biosecurity

Fertilizer Australia

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

Flower Export Council of Australia Inc

Goat Industry Council of Australia

Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA)

Grain Growers

Grain Producers Australia (GPA)

Grain Trade Australia

Grains Research and Development Corporation

Hazelnut Growers of Australia Inc.

Honey Packers & Marketers Association of Australia Inc

Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd

Hydroponic Farmers Federation

Institute of Australian Consulting Arboriculturists

Institute of Australian Geographers Inc.

Irrigation Australia


Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA)

Local Government Tree Resources Association

Maize Association of Australia

Meat & Livestock Australia

National Farmers' Federation

National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme

National Herd Improvement Association of Australia Inc.

National Irrigators’ Council

Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association

Onions Australia

Organic Federation of Australia

Passionfruit Australia Inc

Peanut Company of Australia

Persimmons Australia Inc

Pistachio Growers Association Inc

Plant Health Australia

Potato Processing Association of Australia


Protected Cropping Australia

Pulse Australia

Raspberries and Blackberries Australia

Regional Australia Institute

Rice Growers’ Association of Australia

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (Agrifutures)

Rural Skills Australia

Shearing Contractors’ Association of Australia

Sheep Producers Australia

South Australian Wine Industry Association

Soy Australia

Strawberries Australia Inc

Sugar Research Australia

Summerfruit Australia Limited

Sustainable Gardening Australia

The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand

The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network 

The Wine Grape Council of SA (WGCSA)

Tropical Exotic Fruit Australia

Voice of Horticulture

Wheat Quality Australia

Wine Australia

Wool Producers Australia


Employee associations

Australian Workers Union (AWU)

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment 2020, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal  

  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2024
    • 1210 Farmers and Farm Managers nfd
    • 1211 Aquaculture Farmers
    • 1212 Crop Farmers
    • 1213 Livestock Farmers
    • 1214 Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers
    • 6111 Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents.


Australian Bureau of Statistics 2020, Employed persons by Occupation group of main job (ANZSCO), Sex, State and Territory, November 1984 onwards, 6291.0.55.003 - EQ08, viewed 1 August 2020

Employed total by ANZSCO 4 digit occupations, 2000 to 2020, May quarter

  • 1210 Farmers and Farm Managers nfd
  • 1211 Aquaculture Farmers
  • 1212 Crop Farmers
  • 1213 Livestock Farmers
  • 1214 Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers
  • 6111 Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents. 


Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET Students and Courses from the following training package or qualifications:

AHC – Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package

  • AHC41010 - Certificate IV in Agribusiness
  • AHC41016 - Certificate IV in Agribusiness
  • AHC51410 - Diploma of Agribusiness Management
  • AHC51416 - Diploma of Agribusiness Management
  • AHC60310 - Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management
  • AHC60316 - Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management
  • RTE60203 - Advanced Diploma of Rural Business Management


This includes superseded qualifications and training packages.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2015 to 2019 program enrolments
  • 2015 to 2019 program completions.


Total VET students and courses data is reported for the calendar year. Program enrolments are the qualifications, courses and skill-sets in which students are enrolled in a given period. For students enrolled in multiple programs, all programs are counted. Program completion indicates that a student has completed a structured and integrated program of education or training. Location data uses student residence. Subject enrolment is registration of a student at a training delivery location for the purpose of undertaking a module, unit of competency or subject. For more information on the terms and definitions, please refer to the Total VET students and courses: terms and definitions document. 

Low counts (less than 5) are not reported to protect client confidentiality.

Percentages are rounded to one decimal place. This can lead to situations where the total sum of proportions in a chart may not add up to exactly 100%.

Updated: 05 Nov 2020
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