Fees drop for agri stu­dents

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS who choose to study agri­cul­ture at univer­sity will pay 62 per cent less for their de­gree. The cost of study­ing agri­cul­ture at univer­sity will be slashed from 2021 un­der an Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment higher education fund­ing plan aimed at pro­duc­ing grad­u­ates for high-pri­or­ity jobs for growth sec­tors.

With the pan­demic high­light­ing the im­por­tance of food se­cu­rity and in­vest­ing in cur­rent agri­cul­tural work­force, Gran­ite Belt Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent An­gus Fer­rier said it’s a de­ci­sion he sup­ports.

“The big­ger the pool of ter­tiary education for the in­dus­try the bet­ter,” Mr Fer­rier said.

“As an agri­cul­tur­ist – I think the gov­ern­ment can do any­thing to sup­port more ter­tiary ad­mis­sion into agri­cul­tural science.” he said.

With an es­ti­mated cur­rent 334,000 peo­ple em­ployed in the Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture, fish­eries and forestry, agri­cul­ture min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud said this is an op­por­tu­nity for the in­dus­try to con­tinue to thrive post pan­demic.

“These re­forms recog­nise that the farm­ing sec­tor will lead Aus­tralia’s eco­nomic re­cov­ery out of COVID-19 and towards the 2030 $100 bil­lion tar­get,” he said.

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