Applying First Nations’ Approaches To Agriculture Training

VIC Premier

Future agricultural workers will benefit from a $2 million investment by the Allan Labor Government to support projects that embed Aboriginal traditional knowledge and practices into accredited agriculture Tafe training.

The Government’s $2 million garinga djimbayang Grant Program aims to increase cultural knowledge among agriculture students and encourage more First Nations people to consider a career in the agriculture sector.

As the primary guardians, keepers and knowledge holders of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, through this Grant Program, Victoria’s Registered Aboriginal Parties will partner with TAFEs to upskill agriculture students enrolled in accredited training with Traditional Owner knowledge and practices.

The program has been designed under the principles of self-determination with input from First Nations people with subject matter expertise through a sub-committee working group of the Yuma Yirramboi Council.

The name of the program was provided by the Dja Dja Wurrung People and directly translates as “to grow and learn” in Dja Dja Wurrung language.

The garinga djimbayang Grant Program is funded through the $50 million Agricultural College Modernisation Program which has been delivering the agriculture skills of the future and helping more Victorians pursue an exciting career in this diverse industry.

Grants valued between $300,000 and $1,000,000 are now available.

To learn more about the garinga djimbayang Grant Program visit the agriculture.vic.gov.au.

As stated by Minister for Agriculture Ros Spence

“We recognise the value of Aboriginal traditional knowledge and practices in agriculture, and our hope is that the garinga djimbayang Program will encourage more First Nations people to pursue a career in the sector.”

As stated by Minister for Skills and Tafe Gayle Tierney

“This program integrates First Peoples’ traditional knowledge and practices into our agricultural training and TAFE courses, fostering a rich cultural exchange that equips students with invaluable traditional knowledge for a sustainable future.”

As stated by the subcommittee working group of the Yuma Yirramboi Council Chair Karen Milward:

‘Our ambition for the garinga djimbayang Grant Program is to see a First Nations approach applied to conventional agriculture training, where students are understanding how to be more attuned to the land through Traditional Owner knowledge and practices.’

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