TWiA Looks Outward

Food Innovation Precinct
Food Innovation Australia Ltd has been formed as part of the Australian Government’s $1 billion Industry and Innovation Statement: A Plan for Australian Jobs.

Australian Asian White Paper Implementation Plan

Farming our Future
Recently the Federal Government released a report entitled “Farming our Future”, TWIA Executive member Sue Martin read through this report and has prepared the attached summary.

The full report and its recommendations are available here.

Tasmanian Women in Agriculture Submission to Skills Plan for Tasmanian Agriculture

Tasmanian Women in Agriculture (TWiA) have had an ongoing interest in the promotion of skills and career pathways in agriculture for a number of years now. We have 2 main areas of interest:

1. The promotion of agriculture as a viable career path for young people. Activities we have been involved include the sponsorship of high school students intending to study agriculture at tertiary levels; involvement in agricultural careers expos; and, most recently, partnering CWA and Rural Youth in commissioning the Rural Futures Report which identifies strategies to increase participation of the 15 – 25 year age bracket in rural industries training.

2. Advocating the needs of women in both training and workforce development and opportunities. This includes ensuring that industry actively engages with women to ensure they are involved in decision making and forward planning; and that training is designed to incorporate women’s needs (eg flexible timing) so that they are able to access opportunities and be an active part of the rural workforce. To action these interests, T.W.I.A. have recently lodged a submission to the Skills Plan for Tasmanian Agriculture.

Our thanks to Ruth Hall and fellow members of the Executive for their great effort. More Information on Details of the Submission

Boot the Drought
Boot the Drought offers targeted focus group in drought affected areas to help reduce isolation, increase networking opportunities and provide contacts for support. Participants have fun working with a local artist to decorate workboots. This successful workshop series in 2009 was initiated by Tasmanian Women in Agriculture and supported by Women Tasmania Small Development Grant program. Assistance was provided by Relationships Australia and Aussie Helpers to support the project.

AGFEST 2012 Activities for children - making farmers.

AGFEST 2012 Activities for children – making farmers.

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