*Times are subject to change

Queensland Agworkforce Summit
Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 August 8:30am-1:00pm

Download the Queensland Agworkforce Summit brochure

Wednesday 3 August 2022

TimeSpeakers/ Description
8:45amOfficial Welcome

Hon Mark Furner - Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities

Jo Sheppard – CEO, Queensland Farmers’ Federation

Donna Bonney - Board Chair, Jobs Queensland


Introductions and expectations of the summit

9:35amKeynote speakers

Dr Mirjana Prica - Managing Director, Food Innovation Australia (FIAL)
Presentation: Unlocking the $200B potential of Australia’s food and agribusiness

Dr Diana Saunders – Project Manager, Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance
Presentation: The Queensland Agriculture Industry Workforce Plan 2022-2027

10:30amMorning tea and networking

Theme 1Adaptability – Growing your business capability for innovation and adaption to change

10:45amKeynote speaker

Tracey Martin – CEO, Australian Agritech Association
Presentation: A Bright Future for Technology in Ag! Making sure we make the most out of the opportunity for our workforce from AgriTech

Leticia Grigorieff - Director, Workforce Planning and Development, Jobs Queensland
Presentation: Workforce planning in times of change

11:05amIndustry Panel

How is industry adapting to change?


How will technology affect our business?
How to adapt to change through workforce planning?

Theme 2Attraction - Growing a diverse and inclusive future agriculture workforce

11:55amKeynote speaker and workshop

Mark Puncher - CEO, Employer Branding Australia
Presentation: Connected people perform better: How to attract great talent and keep them engaged, through authentic employer branding

1:00pmClose Day 1

Thursday 4 August 2022

TimeSpeakers/ Description
Theme 3Retention - Growing agriculture careers and becoming the employers of choice

9:00amRetention in Regions - Keynote speaker

Assoc Prof Ben Lyons - Director, Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE)

9:20amPanel Discussion

Retaining people in regions

10:05amMorning tea and networking

10:10amRetention on farm - Keynote speaker

Mandy Johnson – Best-selling business author
Presentation: 5 Steps to Building a Remarkable Workplace

10:30amPanel Discussion

Retention on agribusiness

11:15amToolkits and resources

Resources Section - Program and tools


Hear from our sponsors about practical programs and tools that are useful for your business including:
- Tips for recruitment
- Tips for employment contracts
- Training your workforce
- Tips on retention

1:00pmClose Day 2

Friday 5 August 2022

TimeSpeakers/ Description
Theme 4Skilling - Growing future workforce skills in agriculture

9:00amKeynote speaker

Michael Hartman - CEO, Skills Impact
Presentation: Attracting Talent with Quality Jobs

What can we use in our businesses?

10:00amIndustry case studies

Sandra Ireson – Program Manager, Hay Inc
Case study: Hay Inc Rural Education Program

Meg McCosker – Agriculture Workforce Officer, Central Highlands and Central West Queensland
Case study: Lead Ag program

Claudia Vicary – Cotton Australia
Case study: AgriSkilled

Alexa Hearn – Project Officer, Feedlot Careers & Training, Australia Feed lotters Association
Case study: Feedlot tech training hub

10:40amMorning tea and networking
11:00amIndustry panel

Sandra Ireson– Program Manager, Hay Inc

Simone Parker - Chief Executive Officer, CHRRUP

Claudia Vicary – Cotton Australia

Alexa Hearn – Project Officer, Feedlot Careers & Training, Australia Feed lotters Association

11:30amKeynote speakers

Rod Morris – Industry Skills Adviser (Primary Industries), Queensland Farmers’ Federation.

Dr Diana Saunders – Project Manger, Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance.
Presentation: Interested in getting more skilled people into your business? – Learn how to make work placements work for your business

11:40amPanel discussion

Industry experiences with work placements

12:10pmKeynote speaker

Ian Atkinson - CEO, Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland (NGIQ)
Presentation: Making the VET system work for the ag industry


What can we use in our businesses?

Where next? Support available for businesses/ Summit wrap up

12:30pmKeynote speaker

Keiran Burns - Principal Project Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Presentation: Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network - how can they help business in Queensland?

12:40pmWrap up session

Key Takeaways
1:00pmClose Day 3