​Media Release

Investing in leadership to ‘raise the baa’ across the agriculture sector

26 October 2017

  • 27 organisations sharing in the $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.
  • Part of the Coalition's 2016 election commitment for a stronger agricultural sector.
  • Successful grant recipients include the Cattle Council of Australia to establish a new peak body, Sheepmeat Council of Australia to develop a Future Flock Network and WoolProducers Australia for the Raising the Baa Leadership Program.  Further announcements to come.

The Coalition Government has delivered on another election commitment, with the announcement of the 27 organisat​ions to share in the much anticipated $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund, including a grant to establish new peak industry body Cattle Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, today said the Fund provided wide-reaching benefits and supports our farming, forestry and fisheries representative organisations to boost their leadership skills long into the future.

"The Coalition Government recognises strong industry leadership is critical to agriculture remaining one of the pillars of our national economy, building on the sector's outstanding performance as the key driver of national GDP growth in 2016-17," Mr Joyce said.

"The Cattle Council of Australia will receive $500,000 to support activities leading to the establishment of Cattle Australia, a new representative body to provide leadership across the grass fed cattle industry—and for leadership capacity building once the entity is established.

"This industry led reform is welcome news and a much anticipated development for the cattle industry. This funding gives effect to the recommendations of the Senate Committee inquiry into the red meat sector which saw a role for government to assist Cattle Council of Australia transition to a new producer representative body.

"The Sheepmeat Council of Australia will receive funding to develop the Future Flock Network, a group of engaged Sheepmeat industry leaders with the right skills to represent and support the industry to ensure productivity and profitability.

"WoolProducers Australia is 'Raising the Baa' with a leadership program to attract, educate and retain industry leaders across areas of governance, finance, biosecurity, welfare and market access.

"These grants will assist the organisations to advocate agricultural and rural issues to the wider community and all levels of government, further equipping their members to champion their industries' priorities, join international trade delegations, open new markets and run national agribusiness organisations.

"This was a competitive grant process, with a high-level of interest across the sector. We looked to support projects with a long term impact—organisations were encouraged to put forward projects that involve knowledge-sharing across the industry and benefit the next generation of leaders coming up through the ranks.

"A stronger farm sector means a stronger national economy."​

Fast Facts

  • The Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund was announced as part of the Coalition's policy for a Stronger Agricultural Sector.
  • Funding supports projects with a wide representation across the sector, from large and well-established industries to smaller and emerging industries.
  • $500,000 grant to Cattle Council of Australia.
  • $450,000 grant to the Sheepmeat Council of Australia.
  • $187,430 grant to Woolproducers Australia.