AgUP Program

What is the AgUP Program?

The AgUP Program is a grant opportunity to support initiatives that encourage the development of innovative approaches to career progression and support the retention and sustainability of the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector workforce.



The AgUP Program was announced as part of the Agriculture 2030 2021–22 Budget Package on 11 May 2021. The program also aligns with recommendations of the National Agricultural Workforce Strategy released in March 2021.

The AgUP Program is funded under the Department’s Outcome 3 – More sustainable, productive, internationally competitive and profitable Australian agricultural, food and fibre industries through policies and initiatives that promote better resource management practices, innovation, self- reliance and improved access to international markets.

The grant program provides grants to co-fund industry-led (agriculture, fisheries and forestry) initiatives aimed at supporting jobs and retaining the Australian workforce by building skills, establishing and enhancing career progression pathways and mentoring opportunities.



The objectives of the grant opportunity are:

  • support sustainable industry-led approaches that improve workforce outcomes to retain workers in agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors
  • industry to facilitate workforce activities that successfully identify and establish career pathways and progression in agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are:

  • that industry sustainably grows and retains its workforce 
  • the professionalism, career pathways, career and upskilling opportunities improve employment outcomes in the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors
  • Australian communities share in the social and economic benefits of employment within the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors.



The Australian Government has announced a total of up to $7.323 million (GST exclusive) in administered funding over 4 years for the AgUP Program.

The grant opportunity will provide up to:

  • $1.5 million in funding available during 2021–22
  • $1.558 million in funding available during 2022–23
  • $2.112 million in funding available during 2023–24
  • $2.153 million in funding available during 2024–25.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible, your grant activity must only be used for costs directly incurred in carrying out or administering the project as defined in your grant agreement. Eligible activities could include (but are not limited to):

  • mentoring, supervising and/or leadership upskilling projects including the use of accredited education and training programs
  • developing and piloting career pathway and professional development programs and/or opportunities with the aim to attract and retain the agriculture, fisheries and forestry workforce
  • engagement, wrap around and/or participant support services that are not already provided by mainstream employment service programs
  • initiatives that foster agility across the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors, supply chains and/or employers.

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • project management including scoping, design, implementation and delivery
  • strategies and processes to coordinate activities
  • development of career pathway programs including providing resources and material
  • strategies to build industry workforce career progression, capacity and capability
  • contribution towards promotional activities (no more than 10% of the grant funds)
  • contribution to a project manager’s salary directly attributed to the delivery of the project (no more than 10% of the grant funds), and
  • strategies to capture feedback and data from participants.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • Statutory Entity
  • Unincorporated Association

You must also meet the following criteria:

  • be a national, state, regional or sectoral representative body, that represents Australian agricultural, food and fibre industries
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • be located in Australia.



Applications close 20 January 2022.


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