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    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Thursday, April 23, 2020

    Agricultural learning while socially distancing

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Thursday, April 23, 2020

    Agricultural learning while socially distancing

    A record 59 schools will take part in the 2020 Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools Program (AGISP) using e-technologies that will give them access to the most up to date practices in agriculture.

    AGISP is a partnership between schools, training providers, universities and industry, which helps young people move from school into further education or employment.

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner acknowledged that in the current health environment, we had to be creative and innovative when giving students access to agriculture learnings online.

    “The program has more than 30 mentors available to assist participating schools with advice on science, biosecurity, animal husbandry and setting up a farm. In the immediate future, schools will be supported through online e-technologies.

    “Earlier this year, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT), significantly increased its funding by $100,000 to $255,000 per year.

    “Small Grants of up to $5,000, for schools participating in AGISP, are available as a competitive process. Given the impacts of COVID-19, applications are extended to 24 April, 2020.

    “To be eligible for the grants, schools must put forward project proposals that meet the interests of their students and the needs of agriculture within their local area.

    “Projects should involve students in aspects of the agricultural supply chain, including cropping, animal husbandry, data analysis, research, logistics, marketing and business management.”

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman welcomed the expansion of the program.

    “Making sure our young Queenslanders can undertake hands on training while they’re still at school will set them up for a bright future,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “This is a program that gives students a taste of an industry and links them with industry, giving them a head start in their careers.”

    Mr Furner said past participants in AGISP had often gone on to further study or work in agriculture-related industries.

    “This year’s record number of applicants shows just how committed our schools are to providing quality agricultural educational opportunities for young Queenslanders,” Mr Furner said.   


    Schools taking part in the 2020 AGISP:


    Atherton State High School

    Hervey Bay State High School

    Australian Technology & Agricultural College

    Highfields State Secondary College

    Ayr State High School

    Home Hill State High School

    Beaudesert State High School

    Ingham State High School

    Beenleigh State High School

    Injune State School

    Brisbane Bayside State College

    Innisfail State College

    Bundaberg Christian College

    Kepnock State High School

    Burnett State College

    Kilcoy State High School

    Caboolture State High School

    Kingaroy State High School

    Calvary Christian College

    Livingstone Christian College

    Capella State High School

    Loganlea State High School

    Clermont State High School

    Malanda State High School

    Corinda State High School

    Maleny State High School

    Dakabin State High School

    Mareeba State High School

    Dalby State High School

    McAuley College

    Downlands College

    Monto State High School

    Emmaus College Jimboomba

    Nambour Christian College

    Faith Lutheran College

    Nambour State College

    Ferny Grove State High School

    Northern Beaches State High School

    Gin Gin State High School

    Oakey State High School

    Glasshouse Christian College


    Gordonvale State High School

    Our Lady of the Southern Cross College

    Gympie State High School

    Pittsworth State High School

    Herberton State School

    Proserpine State High School,

    Rosewood State High School

    Rockhampton Girls Grammar School

    Saint Mary's Catholic College

    Rockhampton Grammar School

    St George State High School

    Scots PGC College

    Stuartholme School

    Stanthorpe State High School

    Centre Toogoolawah State High School

    The Wilsonton Agricultural Field Study

    West Moreton Anglican College

    Tully State High School

    Yeppoon State High School



    AGISP is funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and administered by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF). 


    Media contact:         

    Minister Furner           Ron Goodman            0427 781 920

    Minister Fentiman       Inga Williams              0439 949 719