The Upskill and Invest – Young Farmers Scholarship Program provides young farmers and those who work directly on farm with up to $5,000 (exclusive of GST) towards training or study (Upskill), backed by further funds of up to $5,000 (exclusive of GST) to invest on-farm or in professional development (Invest), putting new skills into practice. Each year, 10-15 scholarships will be awarded to young farmers aged 35 or under.
The scholarship program is designed to be flexible and to fit with the demands and ambitions of young farmers. It provides young farmers and those who work directly on farm with an opportunity to invest in themselves and their career.
See the Young Farmers Scholarship Program Guidelines (PDF 273.86 KB) for further information.
At a glance
The Upskill and Invest - Young Farmers Scholarship Program will provide young farmers and those who work directly on farm with up to $5,000 (exclusive of GST) towards training or study (Upskill), backed by further funds of up to $5,000 (exclusive of GST) to invest on-farm or in professional development (Invest), putting new skills into practice.
Applicants must be aged 35 years or under at the time of the application closing date, have been working in a farm business in Victoria at least 3 days per week for the past 3 months, have at least 2 years of total experience on-farm and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident currently residing in Victoria.
To be eligible for the scholarship applicants must:
- be aged 35 years or under at the time of the application closing date
- be working in a farm business in Victoria at least three days per week, and have been doing this work for the past three months or more
- have at least two years of total experience on-farm, and
- be an Australian citizen or permanent resident currently residing in Victoria.
What you need to have before applying checklist
Applicants are required to attach the following documentation to the application form as part of their submission:
- proof of your age and residency (e.g. copy of birth certificate, drivers licence or passport)
- proof of nationality or status as a permanent resident (e.g. copy of birth certificate, passport)
- proof of employment or business ownership (e.g. a letter from your employer, provision of employer contact details and/or Business Activity Statement (BAS), evidence of purchase of business).
Responsibility of scholarship recipients
Upskill and Invest - Young Farmers Scholarship recipients are required to:
- manage all aspects of their scholarship independently (this includes Upskill and Invest activities)
- complete the full study plan and timelines as proposed in their application
- expend the Invest funds in line with the proposal approved in writing by the Department
- notify the Department in writing of any change to contact details.
After the completion of the Program, scholarship recipients may be required to participate in:
- evaluation surveys provided by the Department, and
- Victorian Government activities to promote the Program.
What do I get?
Scholarship funds (up to $5,000) can be used to meet the cost of study at a university, a registered training organisation, or with another quality training provider approved through the application process (Upskill). Completion of study or training will unlock further funds (up to $5,000) to invest in activities that will support application of learnings from the chosen study or training (Invest). This may include professional development, farm planning or other on-farm activities.
Scholarship recipients will also receive ongoing opportunities for long-term networking and support through the Young Farmers Scholarship Alumni. Please see the full set of Young Farmers Scholarship Program Guidelines (PDF 273.86 KB) for guidance on the types of study or training that will be supported, and a list of possible Invest activities.
Tips and hints
Applicants should demonstrate a clear link between the skills acquired through the Upskill activity and the Invest activity. View examples of how this might work in practice. Study or training in the areas of business planning and management, risk management and financial literacy are encouraged.
How to apply
Applications for the 2016 program are open on 27 June 2016. You must read and accept the Young Farmers Scholarship Program Guidelines (PDF 273.86 KB) before applying. You can also view the accessible version Young Farmers Scholarship Program (DOCX 52.9 KB) Applications close at COB on Friday, 26 August 2016.
Applications must be made online through the Business Victoria website.