Skills training for drought affected farmers and businesses

The NSW Government is subsidising skills training for farmers and regional businesses impacted by the drought and looking to transition into new or updated career opportunities. 

Information on eligibility is listed below.

Numerous training courses are available and include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Heavy Vehicle
  • Forklift tickets
  • Confined spaces
  • Dogging
  • Auto electrics
  • Drone operations
  • Business Management
  • Chainsaw operations
  • Excavator tickets
  • Elevated work platform
  • Small Engine Maintenance
  • Work Health & Safety
  • Book Keeping
  • Farm Management

For more information on courses that will suit your specific circumstances please call your local Training Services NSW Office on 13 28 11

Frequently Asked Question

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.

What does it cost?

The courses are fully subsidised by the NSW Government.

The general public already has access to these courses which are funded under the State Government's Smart and Skilled Program.

However, access to training typically involves approval based on competing priorities. 

Under this initiative access to subsidised  courses is guaranteed for any farmer or business owner that meets the eligibility criteria (below).

Who is eligible?

To be eligible an applicant must:

1 - Meet Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria

Individuals must be:

  • 15 years old or over?
  • no longer at school?
  • living or working in NSW?
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?

2 - Reside in a postcode within Regional NSW (defined as all of NSW excluding Sydney Metro, Newcastle and Wollongong)

and

3 - Be a business owner or farmer in a drought affected area.

Why is this support available?

Due to the severity of the drought, some farming businesses are experiencing income losses or business closure.  This access to funding aims to provide a pathway to alternative income sources or new career options.

What kind of training is available?

As outlined above a wide range of training courses are available.

For more information on courses that will suit your specific circumstances please call your local Training Services NSW Office on 13 28 11

 

Page last updated: 8 July 2019