ASSISTANCE FOR YOUTH IN AG


Young Farmers Scholarship Program

Who? Victorian farmers under 35 years of age
When? Closed now but check back next year!
What? Up to $10,000 is available per scholarship, $5,000 towards study backed by further funds to invest on-farm or in professional development activities to help put new skills into practice. 
The intent of the program is to encourage young farmers to seek out learning opportunities to build their own skills, then give them access to the expertise or technology they need to apply their new skills to their farm business.
How? Find out more at the DEPI website.

Young Farmers Finance

Who? Victorian farmers under 40 years of age (exceptions in special circumstances)
When? Open
What?  Finance can be provided for purchase of stock and equipment, establishing a farm lease and land purchases. Loans are with a concessional interest rate of 1-2% below normal Rural Finance Rates.
How? Obtain more information at the Rural Finance website.

Young Farmers Duty Exemption and Concession

Who? VIC
When? Ongoing.
What? Young farmers (under 35 years of age) buying their first farmland property are able to obtain a full stamp duty exemption on purchases worth up to $300,000. For the purchase of a single parcel of farmland valued between $300,000 and $400,000, a duty concession will also be available.
How? Refer to the Victorian State Revenue office for more information.

First Start Loan

Who? QLD
When? Ongoing.
What? Finance of up to $2m (up to 20 years, low interest rates fixed for 1, 3 or 5 years) to assist in establishing primary production enterprise, whether that's buying first farm, becoming a partner in the family farm, upgrade your enterprise, leasing or share-farming.
How? Refer to the QRAA website for more information.

Future Farmers Network

Who? Members of FFN.
When? Ongoing.
What? Access to Travel & Training Bursaries of $1000 to assist in pursuing education or training opportunities.
How? Refer to the FFN website for more information.

Heywire

Who? Victorian farmers under 40 years of age (exceptions in special circumstances)
When? Applications close June each year.
What?  Provide up to $100,000 to assist not-for-profit organisations in rural, regional and remote Australian communities to ‘adopt’ and act on ideas created by young Australians.
How? Obtain more information at the FRRR website.



LOOKING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS?

The Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships are awarded to Australian farmers each year. The scholarships aim "to increase practical farming knowledge and management skills and techniques generally. These scholarships give Australian citizens the opportunity to study farming practices in New Zealand, Europe, Asia and the Americas and those countries best suited to the Scholar."  Applications close 30 June.

Head over to Rural Skills Australia Scholarship Page to see where you can get a helping hand from.

The Country Education Foundation of Australia lists tertiary scholarship guides for each state and territory.

Go over and have a look at Career Harvest. They provide a huge database of scholarship options.

Check out Cotton Australia's scholarship page.

Have a look at RIRDC's Horizon Scholarship — "A scholarship for the next generation of agricultural leaders".

AgriFoodSkills brings together a wide range of industry and government scholarship opportunities.

See what the RASNSW have to offer!

For postgraduate scholarships, look no further than JASON, the postgraduate scholarship database for Australia (WEBSITE CLOSED).

Individual universities also offer their own scholarships. Refer to our Education & Training page to see which universities offer agricultural courses.

Blundestone are offering UTAS Scholarships with a $90,000 commitment over three years.

NSW RAS Rural Young Achievers, 2015

NSW RAS Rural Young Achievers, 2015