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Premier’s Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Program

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field.pngThe Premier's Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Program supports entrepreneurship and innovation in agriculture and aquaculture by offering scholarships to farmers and innovators in the sector.

The scholarship provides Western Australian farmers and individuals engaged in the agriculture or aquaculture sector up to $30,000 each to enable them to develop and pursue their idea through exposure to international best practice and leaders in their field. At the completion of their travel and learning experiences the successful applicant will share their knowledge and learning with industry.

The State is now seeking applications from farmers and innovators in the sector from outside of the Perth metropolitan area, but applicants from within the Perth metropolitan area may be considered where their proposal can demonstrate a benefit to regional Western Australia.

Successful applicants will have an idea, invention, technology or practice (innovation) that:

  • is new or not currently available in WA;
  • has the potential to add significant value and/or diversify the sector in regional WA;
  • has the potential to be applied in the recipient's business and/or the sector; and
  • has the potential to contribute to or diversify the economy of regional WA.

To be considered eligible for the Program you will:

  • reside in WA and participate in a farming business that preferably is located in regional Western Australia, although farmers located in the Perth metropolitan area may be considered; and
  • be engaged primarily as a farmer, farm manager or farm employee within the agriculture or aquaculture sector in WA or applicants may also be considered who are:
    • researchers and innovators in the agriculture and aquaculture sector;
    • agriculture and aquaculture service providers;
    • agribusiness and aquaculture consultants; or
    • employees of grower groups and aquaculture associations

The Program forms one component of the Science and Agribusiness Connect initiative administered by the Office of Science, and has been made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.

Round 2 Applications

Applications are now open for Round Two. Application forms should be completed with reference to the Applicant Information.

Applicant information:

Applicant Information Round 2 2017.pdf

Application form:

Application Form Round Two 2017.doc

Applications close at midday (12:00pm AWST) Wednesday 31 May 2017 and must be submitted to science@dpc.wa.gov.au. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For further information regarding the scholarship or assistance in completing the application form, please contact:

Johanna Dowsett
Principal Policy Officer
Office of Science, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Email: johanna.dowsett@dpc.wa.gov.au
Phone: +61 8 6552 6462

Round 1 Recipients 2016

Four scholarships were awarded in the inaugural round of the Program to:

OBSF_Action2.jpgMr Steve Carr to travel to South Africa to study new practices and opportunities for lime incorporation to manage sub-soil acidity.

Mr Julian Sharp to travel to Victoria to visit growers and contacts along the shiitake supply chain to investigate opportunities to establish a traditional log grown shiitake mushroom industry in the South West region. 

Mr Chris Witt to travel to the United States of America and Europe to further develop his drone technology for use in broadacre crop production.

Mr John Guest to travel overseas to further his research and understanding of opportunities for increasing marron production on commercial farms.

All of the successful applicants will return to Western Australia to share their experiences and knowledge within their sector and regional WA.