Short Courses

Whole Farm Planning Course

Melbourne Polytechnic offers this full and vibrant short course as a series of weekend workshops at our working training farm in Yan Yean.

Course Code: SAH016


Completion of the Unit of Competency AHCAGB505A Develop a Whole Farm Plan, will earn you credit towards attaining a nationally recognised qualification in Agriculture (Certificate IV or Diploma). All classes are held at Melbourne Polytechnic’s farm – 2005 Plenty Road, Yan Yean.

Learn the full set of basics on Farm Planning at Melbourne Polytechnic’s farm in Yan Yean and feel confident and well on the way to your life on the land.

Topics include:

  • introductions and aims
  • history of whole farm planning
  • purchase of aerial photographs
  • land classification and capabilities
  • the planning process
  • sustainable land management
  • soils, limiting factors for land use
  • soil sampling and understanding analysis results
  • soils practical exercise
  • using and understanding aerial photographs
  • itemising physical and natural resources and infrastructure
  • protecting wetlands and waterways
  • soil erosion and landcare
  • managing water requirements on farms
  • designs of troughs tanks and water reticulation
  • protection against fire and drought
  • managing pastures, weeds and pests
  • livestock health and welfare
  • identifying the legal requirements of land management
  • protecting endangered species and areas of cultural significance
  • developing risk management strategies
  • managing climate and direction for the business
  • SWOT analysis
  • selecting an enterprise
  • land mapping using a GPS Electronic mapping and computer applications, e.g. Tumaus
  • developing an action calendar of operations
  • implementation of your whole farm plan
  • funding opportunities for revegetation and land care works
  • establishing budgets for planned projects
  • monitor and review your plan

Materials: Students will be required to purchase or supply an aerial photograph of their case study property. The Yan Yean Training Centre can be used for students who do not have a property of their own to use.

Assessment: Students will present their whole farm plans to the group.

Course duration and start date: 120 hours

Classes are held at Melbourne Polytechnic’s training farm, 2005 Plenty Road, Yan Yean.

Duration: 4 to 5 days, held on 4 to 5 weekends spanning several months

Note: evidence of citizenship/residency and proof of age is required when enrolling.

For any additional information, please contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400 or 03 9269 8615, or by email.

Course Cancellation or Postponement

Courses with low enrolments may be cancelled or delayed. You will be notified of this 48 hours prior to course commencement.

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.