The Challenges and
Opportunities in Tasmanian
Shellfish Futures Conference
August 2012 TASMANIAN FARMERS & GRAZIERS
Mid 20th Century over 50% employed in Ag,
Forestry & Fishing, Mining and Manufacturing -
Today it is just 13%
(“Australian Jobs 2012”; Department Education, Employment and Workplace
• Farming not what it was even 10 years ago.
v Once: jacks-of-all-trades, master of............
v Today: increasingly specialised – specific knowledge
v Once: farm & knowledge handed down from father
to son - the traditional ways enough –Why change!
v Today: Current knowledge and skill needed to
survive changing face of farming
v Once: least academically inclined son stayed on
farm – the bright ones got a career
v Today: bright young things get the farm – sons
Where We Are At
Tasmanian workforce today
• 43% aged 45+
• 35% employed part-time
• 56% employed regionally (ie outside
Time we got active in the
workforce planning space
Industry Skills Plan:
October 2011-June 2014
Skills shortage or labour shortage?
Ø What skills are needed – are they really in
Ø On-farm v broader agriculture needs
Ø Competing with mining industry
Ø Selling the life – can’t compete in $$$
Ø Need to change the traditional view of
• Technology developments
changing the face of farming
Need to be more tech savvy
Computer literacy needed
A vast array of tools available but need
skills to use.
Increasing regulation and
RED TAPE GREEN TAPE
A greater level of business skills needed in
order to negotiate the myriad of red and
green tape and compliance regimes faced
If this is where we are at then
where to from here?
Workforce Planning – What
does it mean?
• Workforce Planning has a similar role as a road
• If you don’t react to the sign you may come to
• To manage for the future need to make better
decisions now and progressively as we move
towards the future.
• Not about tomorrow’s decision it is about today’s
decisions for tomorrows scenario. Predicting future
• Aging population making
more competitive to attract
- Baby boomers are leaving
- Gen Y – not enough
• Mobile Workforce
In Australia each year –
ü approx 1 million will change jobs
ü hundreds of thousands also change industry
ü demographers predict this number will
• Competing with other industries – mining
ü How do we attract people to a sector that cannot
compete with $$ paid in other sectors?
ü Target tree changers?
Need to change the image – make it sexy
• Not just about driving a tractor
• Own worst enemies – change has to start from
• Need to convince farmers to spend $$ on up-
• Broad range of careers available and needed
§ Computer programmers
§ Stock agents
§ And the list goes on and on and on...............
• This states economy relies heavily on
• 2nd largest employer outside of the public
• NBN – training to the door
• Government have seen the figures too
Ø Currently Federal Government is willing to
invest in skills
Ø Ascertain your needs and look around – you
will probably find a funding stream to suit
- NWDF 2/3 subsidised
- digital learning
• United we stand ...........
• Small state with limited funding and employment
pool (representing just 2% of the nations
• Identify synergies between in training needs
• Share resources – adapt models to suit needs of
each individual industry