Agricultural Sector

Value Proposition: To increase Rural Industry Workforce.
MissionTo embed a love of food production amongst Australians for people to want to work in industry to ensure food prosperity.
Catchcry: “Love your Land, Love your Job”

Looking for labour


QITE - HLS (Harvest Labour Services) is designed to meet the labour requirements of growers by recruiting and placing workers in harvest jobs and mobilising job seekers from locations outside of harvest areas as required (including visa holders).

Training and Career Pathways

 Rural Skills Australia - Australia's primary online resouces kit


This site includes:

Agrifood Career Pathways

Recruitment and supporting documentation

Prioritisation of Agri-Workforce and related issues

  1. Enhance the ability of Tableland Agribusinesses to attract, manage and retain employees.
  2. Lobby and advocate influencing Government agricultural and workforce policy.
  3. Increase staff supervision/team management ability of senior/supervisory staff in Agri-industry.
  4. Develop closer relationships between different Far North agricultural sectors to create better Industry Networks.
  5. Promote the Tablelands as a “Region of Choice” for employment and food production.
  6. Re-establish ‘connect’ between urban consumers and rural producers so that the population identifies with primary producers.
  7. Influence a positive image of rural industry for food production and workforce security.
  8. Lead and generate rural industry leaders.
  9. Influence VET delivery policy and funding to ensure relevance to industry needs and way of operation
  10. Employment and career pathways in Agri-Industry.
  11. Improve the capacity of Agribusinesses to innovate, adopt new technology and research.

Agri-Development Network History

In late 2010, the Tablelands Industry Workforce Group Inc., with the assistance of Department of Education and Training, undertook a survey and subsequent report on workforce issues from 55 Rural Industry businesses from across the Tablelands from the dairy, beef, potato, intensive livestock, field crop and horticulture sectors and also rural merchandising and food processing.
Subsequently, on 1 March 2011, a Tableland Agri-workforce summit (forum), supported by Tablelands Industry Workforce Group Inc. and QITE, was held on 1 March 2011 and an Agricultural cluster has been formed. The group have begun a draft Workforce strategic plan for the sector.
One of the recommendations from the report and subsequent summit was to form a Tablelands Agri-Development Network. The funding and support to establish this network is through the Tablelands Industry Workforce Group Inc. (TIWG) and QITE. The Agricultural sector and rural related industries are the largest employers on the Tablelands and the backbone to our economy.

Gateway Schools to Agribusiness  

  • Provide industry focussed experiental learning opportunities to allow students to understand, trial and self select into careers.
  • Provide opportunities for particuipation in employment and gateways to further education for school leavers.
  • Create sustainable partnerships between school and industry to maintain links and oportunities for students into the future.