for farmers

Growing tomorrow’s farmers

  • Employ a young Australian to work on your farm for 10-12 months and share your skills, knowledge, and industry insights as a farm-host
  • Contribute to the future agricultural workforce by giving someone a start in industry
  • Access a new labour market by leveraging AgCAREERSTART’s recruitment process
  • Challenge yourself and develop skills as an employer and a mentor

When you sign up you will:

  • Receive a $2,000 grant
  • Get support from the AgCAREERSTART team to mentor and train your participant
  • Gain access to industry events and the broader National Farmers’ Federation network

As a station that participated in the 2022 program we had great success and were very happy with the program and would like to continue our association with AgCAREERSTART.

Juanita, Citrus/Beef/Cotton, NT


  • Be able to offer a safe and positive experience for a young Australian
  • Have the capacity to teach and support someone who might have limited experience in agriculture
  • Be able to offer full-time paid employment for a period of 10 – 12 months in 2024*
  • Offer flexibility to your participant so they can undertake training and attend industry events
  • Provide accommodation, or assist in finding accommodation off farm

*Participants must be paid at – or above-award wages. All host farms must provide a signed employment contract to AgCAREERSTART before the placement commences.

Farmer fact sheet

Find out more about eligibility, commitment, industry support and more.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What is involved?
    As a host-farmer you will provide paid, full time on-farm employment for a school leaver or young Australian under the age of 25 for a period of 10 – 12 months. This is a supported program, where the host farmer is asked to share their skills, knowledge and industry insights with the participant, while also allowing a flexible environment that enables the participant to pursue training opportunities and attend industry events.
  • Who can participate?
    Any Australian farming business can apply if they have a willingness to train and support a young person on farm. We are looking for host farmers who can have a positive impact on the next generation of Australian agricultural workers.
  • What incentives do farm-host business receive?
    AgCAREERSTART farm-hosts are eligible for a $2000 grant. This grant is contingent on you completing an on-farm safety induction program with the participant.


Established in 1979, The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers and agriculture across Australia. It is one of Australia’s foremost and respected advocacy organisations.

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