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Save the date! 2016 NAAE Conference 10 - 15 January, Western Australia

The conference will incorporate a tour, beginning in Perth and finishing on the South coast at Denmark, staying at two campuses of the WA Colleges of Agriculture. At the conclusion of the conference, participants can choose to begin their own south-west tour, or travel back to Perth. Conference organisers are happy to provide advice on suitable places to visit. Please contact Alysia Kepert for further information. 

2015 ATASA Conference 23-25 May, Mt Gambier, SA

Please click here for conference details. Early Bird Member payments due by 31 March 2015. NOTE: Memberships will be posted out separately during Term 1. Bus Transport is available from Adelaide to Mt Gambier on Wednesday 20 May. Please contact to book a seat.

2015 NSWAAT Conference, 11 - 15 January, Ballina, NSW

Please click here for conference details. Payments due by 30 November 2014. Please forward all payments and queries to Graham Quintal

2015 AgForce Queensland and QATA Queensland Agricultural Educators Conference, 14-16 January, Rockhampton QLD.

For the first time AgForce Queensland is partnering with the Queensland Agricultural Teachers Association (QATA) to provide a professional development conference for teachers and agriculture assistants interested in agriculture, science and technology.  The conference will be the largest of its kind held in Queensland, and is an initiative of the AgForce School to Industry Partnership Program.


For more information including the program and to register please click on the link below


Other Professional Development Opportunities for 2015

  • 2015 National Merino Challenge, May, Adelaide

TRAIN THE TRAINER SESSIONS (for teachers) - please contact Ben Watts at to register your interest for any of these sessions.

Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 February 2015 - WA College of Agriculture, Narrogin

Thursday 12 & Friday 13 February 2015 - Urrbrae Agricultural High School, Adelaide

Thursday 19 & Friday 20 February 2015 - Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, Tamworth

The National Merino Challenge (NMC) is a two-day, national sheep industry program run by Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI). The NMC is designed to improve the engagement of young people with the Merino industry by developing their hands-on skills and networks. Students attend theory and practical sessions on assessing sheep and wool, animal selection, production and managing a breeding program. For more details please contact NMC Project Manager, Ben Watts on or 0428 668 706


  • 2015 AGTA (Australian Geography Teachers Assoc) Conference in NZ - details here (includes Sustainable Tourism in Farming & Agricultural)

  • !!FREE Online Course in Agriculture, Economics and Nature provided by the University of Western Australia - see here for details.

  • PD in NZ


Student Opportunities for 2015

  • 2015 Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition - click here for details. Entries open 27 Jan 2015.



  • 2014 Ag Vision - Junee High School - Wednesday 3 September.

Cultivating Careers in Agriculture -  for more details please contact Sandra or Deborah at Junee HS.

  • 2014 Moo Baa Munch - 23 - 25 October, Downlands College, Toowoomba

This agricultural industry promotion event will be conducted at Downlands College Rural Centre in Toowoomba. The school has excellent farm facilities in their agriculture department which covers a large area of land within the school grounds.


Secondary student day – 23 October

These days will focus on students from years 8-12. The interactive presentations will allow students to participate in a ‘hands-on’ style whilst learning about careers related to various aspects of agriculture. Information on the career pathways to gain employment in each field will be available for students.

Primary student day – 24 October

These days will focus on where their food & fibre comes from as well as an introduction into the variety of career opportunities in the agricultural sector.

Family Fun day – 25 October

Saturday will provide an opportunity for families to come and experience a fun-filled day of hands-on activities. They will discover more about farm life and where their food and fibre comes from through interactive and fun activities in a carnival type atmosphere.


For further information please call AgForce Queensland on (07) 3236 3100 and speak to Ashley Cooper or Tanya Nagle or email

Interesting Links & Information:

AUDIO - ABC Rural, 16 Jan 2014 -  University Agriculture Courses in Demand

Rural Skills Australia - RURAL CAREERS GUIDE released April 2014

Career Harvest Website


2014 NAAE National Conference - 12 - 16th January, Telford College, Balclutha, NZ

A wonderful four days of professional learning, development of skills and building relationships between the states and our NZ friends. A very big thank you to Andrew Thompson and the team at Telford College for hosting the delegates and providing them with a varied number of learning opportunities and showing off the beautiful surrounds of Otago and Southland.

Conference highlights - Remote Teaching and Learning, Tours to Fonterra, Finegand Freeze Works and Mosgiel Wool Store and Milton Wool Mill, All the Guest Speakers, Practical Olympics - Sheep Shearing, Quad Bike Riding, Tractor Driving, Dairy Cattle Assessment, Horse Riding, Fencing, Chainsaw and Horticultural Activities. And of course, the beautiful conference dinner at River Ridge Retreat.

To learn more about Telford College and Lincoln University - click  here


NAAE BGM - 16 January 2014

Elected Executive Committee (from L to R): Carl Chirgwin (NSW, Secretary), Graeme Harris (NSW, Vice President), Andrew Cosby (VIC, President), Mick Melino (NSW, Treasurer) and Kymberley Warren (SA, Publications and Communications Officer).

Presidents Report

See Resources Page for Conference Resources

Other News

NAAE Members attend PIEF Conference, Canberra 5-6 June 2013.

From L to R: Carl Chirgwin (NSW), Kymberley Warren (SA), Dr Cameron Archer (PIEF), Andrew Cosby (President NAAE) and Michael Killer (QLD)