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Commonwealth and NFF Sign Rural Action Plan K99 11 May 2001

The Rural Industry Skills Action Plan, which will help deliver higher skills to rural Australia, was signed today by the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Dr David Kemp and Mr Wayne Cornish, Vice-President of the National Farmer’s Federation and chair of the Rural Task Force.

'The signing of the Rural Industry Skills Action Plan marks an important milestone for the industry in its efforts to build the skills base of rural Australia and continues the partnership that has been built between the Government and the rural industries,' said Dr Kemp. 

The Rural Industry Skills Action Plan is an outcome of the National Industry Skills Initiative instigated by Dr Kemp. The Minister asked the Rural Task Force to report on rural Australia’s skills needs. The Task Force responded in March with the report entitled Skill Needs in the Rural Industry. 

The Action Plan is based on the recommendations in that report. It addresses skill shortages in a rapidly changing environment, delivers improved training and employment opportunities in rural Australia and will reduce the need for young people to leave their communities to find work. To be implemented over two years, it focuses on five key areas:

Marketing and promotion to enhance awareness among rural communities of career and training opportunities. ●

Developing young people for careers in the rural industry through better career information and closer links between schools and the industry to foster greater awareness of the industry among school students.


Making New Apprenticeships work for the industry through the take up of cross-industry New Apprenticeships and strengthening the role of Group Training Companies.


Attuning the training system to the training needs of the industry by better ●

linking training programmes into the nationally recognised industry standards.

Addressing skills gaps and shortages by implementing strategies and initiatives to address skill gaps and needs identified by the industry. ●

'The Action Plan, and the new $1.5 million Rural Operations New Apprenticeship, will go a long way to encouraging more people into a high-skill career on the land,' said Dr Kemp.

In March, Dr Kemp announced a $500,000 project to develop a range of comprehensive careers resources and a further $1 million to the NFF and Rural Skills Australia to help them promote ways the Government’s popular New Apprenticeships system can work for employers in rural Australia. 

The commitment through the National Industry Skills Initiative now totals $3 million.

For more information on the strategies to be implemented by the Rural Task Force, visit the National Industry Skills Initiative website at

Media contacts:

Catherine Job (Dr Kemp’s office) (02) 6277 7460 or 0408 648 400 ● Mark Giffard (Department) (02) 6240 0532 or 0412 420 987 ●


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