“FarmPlan21 provides farm planning services to farmers across Victoria. Our role is to help farmers adapt to a changing operating environment and achieve profitable, sustainable farming businesses. FarmPlan21 provides a gateway to your farming business sustainability.”
FarmPlan21 is nationally accredited and therefore is delivered to the recognized standard RTE 5516A. It has the flexibility for recognition of prior learning and is underpinned by relevant legislation, industry and climate change information.
The facilitated group planning approach:
- helps you identify priority issues and the information gaps relating to them
- enables information exchange and access to experts and specialists in your industry
- provides support to develop real action plans for your property and access relevant assistance for you to achieve your farming goals.
Topics that will be delivered to you in a FarmPlan21 course include:
- farm vision and future planning
- land capabilities, soils, water and biodiversity, and
- biosecurity and risk
- underpinned by relevant legislation and climate change information
The accredited training provided by the department can contribute to a diploma, but is officially called RTE5516A ‘Develop a whole farm plan’ and is known as a competency standard.
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RTE5516A requires the landholder to:
- determine directions for the business
- audit the natural resources of the property
- monitor legal requirements impacting on the management of the property
- develop management strategies to address natural resource management issues.
Developing your WFP requires knowledge:
- of SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats)
- sustainable land management practices
- property planning processes and approaches
- land capability
- conservation management strategies
- legal requirements and risk management.