Terms of Reference for the assessment of agricultural employers' workforce planning capabilities

National Rural Advisory Council

Scope of the assessment

Labour and skills shortages in agriculture are complex and multifaceted issues. Various bodies and forums continue to explore the overarching challenges faced by the industry. Whilst a significant focus has been placed on the attraction of new employees to the workforce, less focus has been placed on the workforce planning and human resource capacity of agricultural employers. This plays a significant role in the skilling and retention of employees already in the industry.

The National Rural Advisory Council (NRAC) will conduct an assessment of agricultural employers' workforce planning capabilities to ensure they are meeting the training and development needs of their workforce.

In conducting the assessment, NRAC will:

  • Identify the role and benefits that workforce planning and human resource capacity play in the retention and skilling of agricultural employees.
  • Identify and assess the extent to which agricultural employers currently engage in workforce planning and human resource activities.
  • Identify the pathways agricultural employers use to access information on training, development, and recruitment for their workforce.
  • Assess agricultural employers' experience and ability to access existing skills, training and development programs.
  • Investigate what qualifications and skills agricultural employers may need to acquire in order to improve their approach to the training and development needs of their workforce.
  • Identify and assess whether agricultural employers' needs and approach to workforce planning differs between sectors and between geographic regions.
  • Identify options for improving any shortcomings in agricultural employers' use of training and development.
  • Canvas the views of key stakeholders.

Timeframe and reporting

  • Assessment preparation to occur from August 2012 to September 2012.
  • Assessment to be conducted from October 2012 to May 2013.
  • Assessment completed and written report submitted to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry by 31 May 2013.
  • Report released on 3 January 2014 by the department after the change of government in 2013:

Supporting structures

Supporting research, data and secretariat functions will be provided by the Department of Agriculture.

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