This audit would assess the effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s implementation of the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy and Roadmap.

In response to the December 2020 National Agricultural Workforce Strategy, which made 37 recommendations, the department released the March 2021 Australian Government roadmap to attract, retain, upskill and modernise the agricultural workforce. The 2021–22 Budget included $30 million for a range of programs to respond to the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy recommendations.

Through Ag2030, the Australian Government aims for the agriculture sector to grow to $100 billion by 2030. Ag2030 identifies seven themes that support this goal. Human capital is a key theme that focuses on promoting agricultural careers and attracting skilled labour to support growth in the sector.