Kick-start your
farming future

Join the world’s most important career

If you’re 18-25 and looking to start a career in a meaningful and exciting industry, an AgCAREERSTART gap-year will help you gain skills and knowledge to grow the farms of the future.

Over 10-12 months you will live in an exciting regional location, earn a nationally recognised qualification and build life-long industry connections.

  • Get hands on experience
  • Increase your confidence
  • Work outdoors and discover rural and regional Australia
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To find out more about the AgCAREERSTART program, join us on one of our live webinars

Information for farmers

Sign your business up to become a host-farm and introduce a young Australian to a rewarding career in agriculture.

Receive industry support to employ and host a young Australian to learn and work on your farm through the National Farmers’ Federation’s AgCAREERSTART program.

  • Support the next generation of farmers
  • Build industry networks
  • Develop skills as an employer and mentor
  • Help grow a resilient and skilled workforce
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Frequently asked questions

  • When does AgCAREERSTART begin?
    Applications are now closed for 2022. Applications for 2023 open on the 12th of July 2022 and close on the 18th of October 2022. Placements will commence. Placements will last for 10-12 months commencing in January 2023.
  • Who is running AgCAREERSTART?
    The National Farmers’ Federation and industry organisations on behalf of the Australian Government.
  • What can I expect to get out of the program?
    On top of the skills, experience and mentoring you will receive while completing your paid gap-year on an Australian farm, you will also be provided with a training grant, access to FarmSafe’s basic safety training as well as many opportunities to build your network and funding to attend industry events such as the National Farmers’ Federation Conference, Innovation Generation and AgQuip.

Registrations Open

Ready to farm your future?

Sign up for the class of 2023!