Agriculture is not only a major contributor to Australia’s wealth but also a vital source of employment in rural and regional Australia.
Future employment will be impacted by a diverse host of factors ranging from the rise of digital technologies, climate change to demographic and social change and the agricultural industry is not immune from this changing workplace environment.
The industry faces many mega trends surrounding the changing nature of agricultural work. These include:
- Australian agriculture has entered the digital revolution with new technologies holding the potential to move farm production to new levels of sustainability and profitability.
- Climate change brings increased volatility and the need to do more with less resources.
- Societal demographics are shifting with an ageing workforce, and this is compounded by population decreases in areas of rural Australia.