Livestock SA is seeking expressions of interest from forward looking grazier and broadacre farm businesses to participate in a program that improves financial literacy, builds confidence in decision-making, and supports producers in building personal and business resilience skills.

The AgRi-Silience program aims to:
  • Give farmers, graziers and communities the tools and capabilities they need to prepare for, and live through, times of drought
  • Reduce drought impacts and the need for drought support; and
  • Provide objectives of increased economic, environmental, and social resilience
The program provides participants with funded access to professionals delivering a mix of dedicated on-property support and group workshop learnings to assist in the development of a Resilience Roadmap aimed at achieving your business’ long-term aspirations.

The upcoming program will be run in 2024-2025 for new participants (participants from previous AgRi-Silience programs are ineligible for this program).

An online delivery option is now available for those are unable to attend in person due to time or location.
The Program

AgRi-Silience consists of a series of 3 workshops (3 days) and a one-on-one coaching review with the local facilitator. Workshops will focus on:
  • Strategic farm business management and planning
  • Farm risk management and informed decision making
  • Natural resource management
  • Personal and social resilience

Participants of AgRi-Silience will have the opportunity to access financial assistance from PIRSA (up to the value of $1000 ex. GST) to cover the costs of travel and childcare incurred as a result of participation in the program. Participants who do not genuinely need to incur these costs to participate in face-to-face training, or participate in online-based learning, will not be eligible for this allowance. Details on how to access the allowance will be provided to successful applicants.

To participate in the program, applicants must:
  • Trade as a primary production business
  • Undertake all aspects of the business wholly within Australia
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • Farm in one of the agricultural regions in South Australia
  • Be established under the legal structure of a sole trader, trust, partnership, or private company
  • Be commercially viable, that is, the business must be able to:
    • Generate sufficient net profit under normal seasonal and market conditions after fixed and variable expenses to service borrowings,
    • Provide an adequate standard of living for members of the business,
    • Allow investment on-farm to maintain the farm’s productive assets, and
    • Financially sustainable and productive in the long term
    • OR must be able to demonstrate the genuine potential to become a viable business (as outlined above)

Each successful business will contribute $500 (ex GST) to the cost of delivery. Multiple members of the business are encouraged to participate, with up to 2 members of the business able to participate under the subsidised rate (additional members will be required to pay the full cost of the program to participate).

Participation in the program will require that individuals commit to learning and the development of a Resilience Roadmap.
Application processing

All applications will be assessed by Livestock SA, with successful applicants notified of the outcome shortly after. Workshop groups will be capped at 12 participants.

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This program is part of the Farm Business Resilience Program and is jointly funded through the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund and the Government of South Australia.