Short Courses

Whole Farm Planning

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

Course Code: SAH016

Melbourne Polytechnic offers this full and vibrant short course as a series of weekend workshops at our working training farm in Yan Yean. The Whole Farm Planning short course will give you the full set of basics of Farm Planning.


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Yan Yean


Agriculture and Animal Studies
03 9269 8615


5 weeks
Total Hours: 30

Course Outline

  • 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
  • course include one day field trip

Course Outcomes

  • Participants will have gained the skills and knowledge of Whole Farm Planning.
  • Upon completion students will receive a Statement of Attainment with AHCAGB505 Develop a whole farm plan

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Suitable For

  • Rural land owners, land managers or anyone who has an interest in holistic property planning for land productivity, biodiversity and stewardship.



No concession or government funding applies

Payment Options:

  • Cash - paid in person at any campus or a Skills and Jobs Centre
  • Credit Card
  • Invoice - paid by the company or job agencies

Assessment Methods

Those who choose to be assessed for the unit AHCAGB505 Develop a whole farm plan will need to undertake tasks such as written assessments, farm surveys, produce and present a whole farm plan


Participants will need to bring pen, paper, an aerial photograph of your property either in hard copy or electronic. Please wear suitable clothing and steel capped or sturdy footwear, hat and sun protection for outdoor activities on the farm and wet weather gear if needed.


No prior knowledge and experience required

Pathways to further study

Certificate IV or Diploma in Agriculture

Workplace Training

Consultancy - Training can be offered on-site or off-site

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.
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