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Published: 8 Feb 2023

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and Rural Business Tasmania (RBT) are joining forces to provide a unique career development opportunity for people working in Tasmania’s agriculture sector.

eNABLE is a new training program that brings together TIA’s Extension Accelerator Program and RBT’s Cultivating Rural Excellence Program to create a high-impact training program that is relevant for farm owners and managers, and agricultural extension professionals and consultants.

Professor Michael Rose, Director of TIA, said eNABLE would provide a valuable opportunity for early and mid-career extension professionals to learn hand-in-hand with farm managers and owners to the benefit of the Tasmanian agriculture sector.

“TIA’s mission is to enable Tasmania’s agriculture sector to accelerate primary sector productivity while maintaining land and water quality for future generations. Supporting the training and development of our agricultural leaders and innovators is a critical part of this and we welcome the opportunity to work alongside industry to deliver this training program,” Professor Rose said.

Elizabeth Skirving, Chief Executive Officer of RBT, said eNABLE would provide an opportunity for agricultural professionals to interact and learn from each other while developing important leadership skills and resilience.

“We are delighted to partner with Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture to deliver the eNABLE program. Collaboration on this project has allowed us to understand the important role of TIA and to look at the role of research, development and extension,” Ms Skirving said.

“A valuable part of this program will be the cross pollination that occurs between experienced extension officers, newly appointed extension officers and our agricultural leaders, offering extension and adoption as an everyday part of future farm management.

“Participants will build long-term connections by working together in workshops and exploring topics including business management, communication skills and human relations.”

eNABLE is a part-time program and will be delivered from April until October 2023. The study commitments will include one full-day workshop and one 2-hour online session each month.

The program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry through the AgUp Program which support initiatives that will help secure and retain workers in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector.

Applications are open until 15 March 2023. For more information and to register, please visit