The Victorian Government's Upskill and Invest – Young Farmers Scholarship

The Upskill and Invest – Young Farmers Scholarship is an opportunity to invest in young farmers and expand their skills, knowledge and agricultural expertise through the latest program backed by the Victorian Government. The scholarship program is designed to be flexible, to fit with the current needs of young farmers and farm workers.

Up to $10,000 is available per scholarship:

  • Up to $5,000 towards study
  • Up to $5,000 to invest in putting new skills into practice, with professional development, business planning or other on-farm activities
Study at Bendigo TAFE

If you are granted a scholarship, you can choose to use the funds towards study at Bendigo TAFE, a registered training organisation (RTO). The Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence at Bendigo TAFE’s Charleston Road campus is an enjoyable and impressive place to learn the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the agriculture industry. With an emphasis on practical training, the centre boasts state-of-the-art, workplace-simulated training facilities for the delivery of agriculture, horticulture and sciences training. Bendigo TAFE offers the following courses which align to the Young Farmers Scholarship, please click the links to find out more: 
Scholarship eligibility criteria:

  • Be aged 35 years or under at the time of the application closing date – 14 June 2020
  • Be working in a food and fibre farm business in Victoria at least three days per week for the past three months
  • Have at least two years of total experience on-farm
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident currently residing in Victoria
Scholarship funds

  • Scholarship recipients receive a payment via electronic funds transfer to a nominated bank account, after they have met requirements set out in the Program Guidelines. Payments may take up to four weeks to process.
  • Recipients will be required to provide a copy of the invoice and receipt for payment of tuition fees from the training provider.