As part of the Agribusiness Skills Pipeline program the Department developed a number of initiatives that support development of people through skills and aims to address the decline in the number of people seeking agribusiness as a career.
One of these initiatives was the development of six Tasmanian agribusiness case studies utilising YouTube. These demonstrate the diversity of career pathways in Tasmanian agribusiness and raise the profile of the food and agriculture sectors. The aim is to introduce young people and potential new entrants to the sector and show them a sample of the career pathways and opportunities it can offer. Note these videos were created a few years ago and these people may or may not be still in these positions.
Follow the links below to explore how six young Tasmanians with diverse skills and backgrounds created rewarding careers within Tasmanian agribusiness.
Mike Henry: Mike works in Macquarie Oil Company in Northern Tasmania. His passion is biotechnology and he is utilising his biology skills in the production of biodiesel from poppy seed oil and the production of organic compost.
Curly Haslem-Coates: Curly originates from the United Kingdom. She developed a passion for wine and cellar door education through her work in restaurants. Curly wanted to know more, seeking out further training and building on her career she travelled to Tasmania to work with world class wineries.
Joe Bennett: Joe found his passion for seafood also supported his passion for local community when he used his experience with Tasmanian aquaculture to develop his own business in his home community of Bruny Island. Joe created "Get Shucked" eight years ago and through marketing skills has established a well known business offering a unique brand promoting the nutritional and health benefits of his natural product and the pleasurable experience derived by eating oysters.
Melissa Lewarn: Melissa began her career as a journalist before transferring her communication skills into the natural resource management area as a community engagement and communication specialist. Melissa showcases the important role that communication and community involvement has with good environmental management and stewardship.
Rosie Houston: Rosie completed an agricultural science degree to fulfill her interest in agronomy and plant health. She now finds herself providing agronomy services for one of Tasmania's largest salad producers.
Simon Elphinstone: After finishing school, Simon wanted to take a gap year before heading to University and obtained a job at Fonterra. After the year was up, Simon was offered an opportunity for Fonterra to sponsor him through a dairy technology degree. Twelve years on he is now the production manager at Fonterra overseeing the production of milk and cheese products that go all over the world. Simon's story shows how getting in there and having a go can lead to opportunities you never imagined would come your way.
Tasmanian Agricultural Jobs Project is more than just a response to the backpacker tax issue. This is a Project to assist local Tasmanian’s, migrants and humanitarian entrants residing in Australia, international students or Pacific seasonal workers to connect with job opportunities within the State’s agricultural sector. This Project is a Tasmanian Government and industry response to the broader hubbing of agriculture jobs for willing and capable workers. These jobs may be casual seasonal work, part-time or even full-time with a focus on labour sources already within the State.
provides single-point access to range of Information on primary industries education resources. It is an initiative of the
Primary Industries Education Foundation
is a hub for the most cutting-edge careers within the food and fibre industries. Whether you’re interested in feeding the world, adapting to climate change, developing the environment or managing future energy sources, this site helps create clearer pathways for you to harvest your agricultural career.