FINANCIAL & BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COURSEs


Agriculture Victoria - FarmPlan21

"FarmPlan21 farm planning services help farmers achieve their environmental and farming goals. We do this by offering group farm planning training to build the knowledge, skills and networks necessary to support informed farm business decisions.

The FarmPlan21 course aligns to the national training competency – 'Develop a whole farm plan' and includes advice on improving farm productivity, natural resource management and adapting to climate change."

What: Nationally accredited program that provides farm planning services to farmers across Victoria.
Who: Delivered by the department's FarmPlan21 staff, in collaboration with private and industry partners.
When: Various - see website.
Where: Refer to above link.
Cost: Unknown.
 

Agriculture Victoria - BetterBeef Network

"The BetterBeef Network has been established for Victorian beef producers. The state wide network provides opportunities for beef producers to access the latest beef research messages and participate in courses that increase skills and knowledge."

What: Victorian network with groups that conduct yearly planing sessions to agree on topics covered for next 12 months. Provides beef producers with field days, paddock walks, seminars and accredited training.
Who: Networks across Victoria.
When: Various - see website.
Where: Refer to above link.
Cost: Unknown.
 

Australian Institute of Company Directors - Building Capacity in the Grassfed Beef Industry, Corporate Governance Training and Accreditation.

"The long term productivity and profitability of the grassfed beef industry is reliant on the industry being represented by producers with strong corporate governance and leadership skills. Cattle Council of Australia, in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia, are providing the opportunity for fifteen (15) grassfed beef producers to develop their skills in corporate governance." 

What: The AICD Directors Course is a five-day comprehensive programme that covers board governance and directorship.
Who: Networks across Victoria.
When: April 2016 - Applications close 29 January 2016.
Where: Unknown.
Cost: Sponsored.
 

Beef Cattle Online Course - Careerline

"This course introduces students to the fundamentals of beef cattle management including husbandry, breeding, production, feed lots, herds and more.  It aims to help students analyse and make informed decisions about the management requirements of beef cattle." 

What: Ten lesson online course looking at introduction to beef cattle and beef cattle breeds, production systems, breeding, diseases, nutrition, commercial herd management, feed lot management, stud herd management, and management and marketing.
Who: Delivered by Careerline Courses Australian online.
When: Online.
Where: Refer to above link.
Cost: $595
 

Holmes Sackett Seminars & Workshops

"Holmes Sackett has a variety of seminars and workshops available to farm business owners and managers as well as to advisors within the agricultural sector all aimed at improving rural profits."

What: Three workshops are offered — Cost of Production workshopsPrinciples of Profitable Farm Leasing and Principles of Profitable Farm Machinery Decisions.
Who: Holmes Sackett.
When: See their event page.
Where: Refer to above link.
Cost: Cost of Production workshops (2 days $110), Principles of Profitable Farm Leasing (1 day, $500 first attendee, $200 second attendee) Principles of Profitable Farm Machinery Decisions  (1 day, $600 first attendee, $200 second attendee).
 

KLR Marketing School

"The most difficult decisions we face as producers are knowing what to sell, when to buy, and how to guarantee a profit. We are inundated with market intelligence and so-called ‘experts’ telling us what the market has done and what it is going to do. At the KLR Marketing School you will learn simple, powerful and proven livestock sell/buy strategies that have been developed to maximise your cash flow while minimising the market risk."

What: The KLR Marketing School is a two and a half day marketing school where you learn about livestock marketing, how to calculate if livestock is over- or under-prices, balancing inventories, protecting equity and knowing your Cost of Carry.
Who: Delivered by KLR — Rod Knight, Grahame Rees, Jim Lindsay, Kaye Barr and Ken Haylan.
When: Different dates and locations (Bathurst July and Brisbane October) 
Where: Refer to above link.
Cost: $1,540 first person, $1,100 2nd person, $770 repeat.
 

MLA EdgeNetwork - Business EDGE

"The aim is to enhance producer knowledge and skills in basic financial and business management to improve beef business efficiency and profitability. Improving financial and business performance is particularly important given the continued climate of declining terms of trade, increasing land prices, tightening credit and rapid national and global economic and policy influences affecting beef enterprises."

What: Two day training workshop for Northern beef producers.Part of a number of EdgeNetwork courses run by MLA that "offers practical learning opportunities to help producers gain knowledge and develop skills necessary to improve their livestock enterprises."
Who: MLA and industry experts
When: Throughout the year
Where: Various locations throughout QLD. See the website. 
Cost: Two day workshop and follow up day approximately $1,500 (reduced rates per additional person and for early bird).
 

Neil McDonald - Advanced Livestock Movement and Management Course

"Participants become more equipped to make management decisions to create better market options. This course ensures that production management is more successful with reduced costs, better OH+S management and higher gross margins."

What: "The Advanced Livestock Movement Management Course assist participants to recognize and understand the importance of livestock handling and its flow-on effects. The course aims to give participants the necessary knowledge to become more proactive regarding soil and pasture management. It creates its own employment contacts with like minded people."
Who: Neil McDonald
When: Throughout the year. See course dates.
Where: Various.
Cost: $385 per day for three days.
 

Principle Focus - The Business of Farming

"The Business of Farming course is the start of a unique program that uses a combination of training, coaching and peer mentoring to make lasting positive changes to farming businesses. More than twenty years of research and development has gone into the design of our unique learning process."

What: Four day course with 20-30 people focused on managing the business, economics and finance, managing land and productivity, management people, and developing a farm plan.
Who: Principle Focus.
When: Throughout the year.
Where: Various.
Cost: Unknown, contact Principle Focus.
 

Principle Focus - Strategic Focus

"StrategicFocus is a unique networking opportunity for graduates of The Business of Farming, GrazingforProfitTM, and Holistic ManagementTM programs." 

What: Structured forum in which a group of like-minded people can, by acting as Non-Executive Directors, work together on their respective businesses to be both economically and ecologically successful. 
Who: Principle Focus.
When: Throughout the year.
Where: Various.
Cost: Unknown, contact Principle Focus.
 

Principle Focus - Communication and Negotiation

"This workshop will give you a clearer understanding of how to get people working together by first beginning by working on yourself and transforming your understanding to others in your team."

What: Two day workshop focusing on communication, questioning techniques, effective negotiation and communication.
Who: Principle Focus.
When: Throughout the year.
Where: Various.
Cost: Unknown, contact Principle Focus.
 

RCS - The Business of Grazing

"The Business of Grazing is an extensive course focusing on the main business aspects of running a grazing business." 

What: Three day course that can help you strengthen family relationships, reduce overhead costs, improve livestock health and performance, define, control and manage where your business is going, identify dead wood in your business and learn how to manage productive pastures and healthy soils.
Who: RCS.
When: Throughout the year.
Where: With a minimum of 15 registrants RCS will bring The Business of Grazing Course to you.
Cost: Unknown, contact RCS.
 

RCS - Rural Succession and Continuity Planning Workshops

"WE’RE HITTING THE ROAD AND COMING TO YOU! Keep an eye out for more information about this exciting roadshow coming in 2016."

What: Half day seminars where you 1) Hear from others who’ve proactively navigated through family succession 2) Learn about a holistic approach to succession and continuity and 3) Meet a team of specialists – learn what you can do in your own situation
Who: RCS.
When: Throughout the year.
Where: Various. See the website.
Cost: $33
 

RCS - ProfitProbe Benchmarking

"The RCS business analysis and benchmarking tool, ProfitProbe™, uses sophisticated management accounting processes to expose all the strengths and issues within a business. That information can then be used to target two to three areas each year which will improve business performance."

What: Benchmarking and business analysis
Who: RCS.
When: Can submit data for any financial year, whenever you choose.
Where: Online. See website.
Cost: Unknown, contact RCS.
 

RuralBiz Training - Writing a Business Plan

"This course helps farmers complete a business plan suitable for funding applications. You can complete your plan in 14 days by following our day by day course."

What: Online course to help you complete a business plan for a funding application.
Who: Liz Brown
When: Online.
Where:
 Online. See website.
Cost: $275
 

RuralBiz Training - Understanding Farm Financial Statements

"Get a better understanding of the business side of your farm and have a greater input into the financial direction it is heading."

What: Online course focused on basic business structures, farm financial statements, converting information to useful management information and using basic ratios.
Who: RuralBiz Training
When: Online.
Where: Online self paced or face-to-face group.
Cost: $220
 

RuralBiz Training - Succession Planning Seminars

"Knowing which issues are important and how to talk about them without hurting family relationships can be very difficult.This workshop is an excellent starting point for looking at these issues. It offers some practical strategies for your family and business to guide you through the process."

What: Short course that offers some practical strategies for your family and business to guide you through making the big decisions
Who: RuralBiz Training
When: Contact providers.
Where: Contact providers.
Cost: Unknown, contact RuralBiz Training office.
 

Tocal College/NSW DPI Business stuctures and relationships

"Covers how to chose a business structure that best suits a rural family business and how to review the way the business is organised, including its provision for succession." 

What: Online course that helps participants to decide on an appropriate business structure for their business.
Who: NSW DPI/Tocal.
When: Undertake the course from home, at a time that suits you.
Where: Online.
Cost: $475.
 

Tocal College/NSW DPI Develop a whole farm plan

"Focuses on describing and managing your natural resources of soil, climate, water and vegetation. It also considers the people, finances and enterprises on the farm."

What: Online course over 8 weeks that helps in developing a whole farm plan: describing and managing your natural resources of soil, climate, water and vegetation. It also considers the people, finances and enterprises on the farm.
Who: NSW DPI/Tocal.
When: Undertake the course from home, at a time that suits you.
Where: Online.
Cost: $475.
 

Tocal College/NSW DPI Natural Resource Management

"To assist land managers and farming families develop a property plan focusing on improved natural resource management for sustainable farm production."

What: Four days course focused on developing a farm vision and strategic planning skills, the physical environment and land capability, assessing the natural resources and preparation of a farm strategy and plan.
Who: NSW DPI
When: Refer to website.
Where: Refer to website.
Cost: $880
 

Tocal College/NSW DPI LANDSCAN

"This course assists farmers and land managers to assess natural resources, to better match land use to land capability and to balance production, profit and sustainability."

What: Five half days and 1 full day session over 4-6 months focused on natural resources on farms (pastures, vegetation, soils & topography) to better match land-use to land capability and provide a process to help explain and make decisions about complex, often inter-related issues likesoil acidity, ground cover, pasture & nutrient decline.
Who: NSW DPI
When: Refer to website.
Where: Refer to website.
Cost: Unknown.
 

Tocal College/NSW DPI Managing Climate Risk

"The aim of this course is to provide the skills and knowledge to research, analyse and interpret weather, climate and enterprise data. You will be required to prepare a risk management strategy and integrate these at a business management level."

What: Online course over 8 weeks that helps in developing a climate risk management strategy for an agricultural, horticultural or land management enterprise.
Who: NSW DPI/Tocal.
When: Undertake the course from home, at a time that suits you.
Where: Online.
Cost: $475.
 

Tocal College/NSW DPI Marketing Agricultural Products and Services

"The aim of this course is to understand and prepare a marketing plan to monitor and measure your product or service in today's market place."

What: Online course over 8 weeks designed for those interested in exploring the concepts associated with marketing of agricultural products and services.
Who: NSW DPI/Tocal.
When: Undertake the course from home, at a time that suits you.
Where: Online.
Cost: $475.
 

Tocal College/NSW DPI StockPlan

"StockPlan® aims to assists farmers develop a drought risk management plan based on a mixture of strategies that allows you to increase your confidence that you will achieve your objectives."

What: An online learning tool to help farmers develop the strategies that suit their operation and that they feel comfortable with for times of drought. This online course guides you through the process of developing a drought risk management plan. This plan also includes  the post drought period in relation to changes in stock number and cash flow for a 5 year period.
Who: NSW DPI/Tocal.
When: Undertake the course from home, at a time that suits you.
Where: Online.
Cost: $475.



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