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Business Coaching

What is the Farm Business Coaching Program?

The Farm Business Coaching Program is designed to support participants to develop or update existing farm business plans through providing individually tailored professional support and advice to complete your business plan.

The coaching program offers subsidised access to professional business coaches who will deliver both on-farm support and group workshops to prepare you and your business for the risks and challenges the industry faces.

Business coaching will:

  • Give you the knowledge and tools needed to get the most out of your farming business.
  • Improve your financial skills and, in the process, teach you new ways to build the financial viability of your business.
  • Offer new skills and techniques to build your own personal resilience, to help you focus on opportunities and be equipped to deal with challenges.
  • Improve your confidence in making business decisions and managing farm risk.

Delivery methods are tailored to your needs to ensure that learning and support is available no matter where you are. You choose what you want to achieve, it's your journey.

Hear about some farmers and their experience with the Farm Business Coaching Program.

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Business Coaching Expectations and Outcomes

Farm Business Resilience Program coaches offer guidance to help participants identify options and narrow choices and focus. Coaches do not offer specific advice on a course of action. Wherever professional advice is required, coaches will refer participants to qualified and regulated industry professionals.

The coaches identify the strengths of your business and the opportunities for enhancement, allowing you to set business goals to build on the viability and overall resilience of your farm business.

Man with sheepAll coaches will provide all participants the below in scope tailored business coaching requirements:

  • Strategic Business Management and Planning
  • Farm Risk Management and Informed Decision Making
  • Strategic Natural Resource Management
  • Social and Personal Resilience

Coaches are required to provide:

  • 20 hours (minimum) of business coaching via digital online delivery
  • Each business is to be coached at least fortnightly via video (1 hour minimum)
  • Each business is to receive phone and email support from their coach (where deemed appropriate) outside of set coaching calls
  • Each business will have the same coach for the duration of the program
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries may issue templates to be completed and guidelines to be followed by coaches throughout the coaching program

Coaching Outputs:

  • Business Plan (which can include a Drought Management and Risk Plan)
  • Cashflow Forecast
  • Farm Performance Assessment Survey. To be completed at commencement and conclusion of the program.

Hear more from one of our valued Business Coaches Stuart Goodfellow on the Farm Business Coaching Program in this case study.

Once participants complete the Business Coaching program, they become part of the Alumni Program which supports continued learning, engagement and networking.

How to Access the Business Coaching Program

The coaching program is now available and new groups commence frequently.

Lodge your expression of interest via the registration form below and a Farm Business Resilience Program team representative will be contact with you.

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Who will be my coach?

The application process involves an online application form and interview where we match your farming business to a member of our Farm Business Resilience Program coaching team. You will be matched based on your coaching needs and location.

Farm businesses are allocated business coaches by the Farm Business Resilience Program team. All allocations are final, and participants cannot change or choose their coaches. The NSW Department of Primary Industries reserves the right to make changes to the program at any time.

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Participant Co-contribution

The Farm Business Coaching Program is subsidised by the NSW Government and the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

Participants are required to co-contribute to the cost of the Business Coaching program.

Hardship provisions are considered on application and determined by the Farm Business Resilience Program Manager.

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Business Coaching Case Studies

The Farm Business Coaching Program is designed to support participants to develop or update existing farm business plans through providing individually tailored professional support and advice to complete your business plan.

Hear from some farmers who have been part of our coaching program.

Ravenswood, Rylstone, East of Mudgee NSW

Meet Sam and Clare Hamilton

Running merino wethers as wool cutters, fattened lambs on crop and beef cattle.

Dyres Crossing, east of Forster NSW

Meet Darren and Jodie Wand

Supplying free range eggs and running beef cattle.

Cooperabung, mid-north coast NSW

Meet Jo Houghton

An avocado orchard, trading as Avocado Jo.

Claverton Farm, Culcairn, north of Albury NSW

Meet Kim and Bianca Schultz

Running 7000 head of sheep on 3000 acres.

10km inland of Ballina in northern NSW

Meet Andrew and Ann Leslie

A 50acre farm, planted under macadamias, in-ground stock for the nursery industry and a value-added macadamia range of skin care called Avilla Farm.

Salt house Oysters, Greenwell Point in the Shoalhaven NSW

Meet Michael French

Oyster farming in the Shoalhaven and Crookhaven Rivers.

Roseville Park Merino Stud, 35kms south of Dubbo NSW

Meet Matt and Sheree Coddington

Enterprise farming in merino sheep, cattle, prime lambs and cropping.

Amazona Farm, 30kms south of Bathurst NSW

Meet Will and Sophie Comiskey

Farming sheep and cattle for meat, along with boer goats, pigs and chickens.

Branch and Burrow Farm, Braidwood NSW

Meet Susie Worsley

Farming pasture raised chickens and lamb selling direct to customers in the local community.

Kiora Farm, 30kms from Gunnedah NSW

Meet Brodie and Taylah Cross

Enterprise farming fat lambs, fattening beef and cropping.

White of Morn Farm, Gundagai NSW

Meet Katie and Lachie Donald

Producing fat lambs on fertile river flat land.

Armidale, Brewarrina and Dubbo NSW

Meet Rachelle and Derek Schneider

Multiple properties across NSW include The Plateau, Armidale, Willoh, Brewarrina and Mundawa, Dubbo. Enterprise farming sheep.

I'm ready to get started

The Business Coaching Program is now open for expressions of interest.

If you have further questions, please email us at farmbusiness@dpi.nsw.gov.au

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Business Coaching Alumni Program

As a graduate of the Farm Business Coaching program, you automatically become a member of our Alumni Program. 
The Alumni aims to support continued engagement, networking, cooperation, and new practice adoption through activities such as:

Support continuous learning in the areas of:

  • business Skills
  • risk management
  • personal & social resilience

Support farm business growth:

  • identify and share opportunities to support business growth
  • access to business tools
  • access to industry specialists

We currently have 238 farming businesses participating in the Alumni Program and it continues to grow as more farming businesses complete the farm business coaching program.

The Alumni will provide you with the opportunity to connect with fellow graduates of the Farm Business Resilience Business Coaching program as well as giving access to tools and resources to continue to support your farm, business and personal growth.

As part of your Alumni membership, you can expect the following:

  • bi-monthly newsletters
  • six- and twelve-month check ins with a business coach
  • access to informative webinars
  • continuous learning opportunities from webinars, business support tools, training programs on business management, climate, carbon or focusing on yourself and your personal growth
  • access to Farm Performance tools
  • information on State and Federal Grants and funding opportunities
Whole Farm, Whole  Business, Whole Family

In addition to these you have the opportunity to access Whole Farm, Whole Business, Whole Family - developed by Rebecca Fing from House Paddock Training and Consulting. This program is for Alumni members and their family to improve Business Strategy, Risk, WHS and HR processes within their business.

This is a coaching opportunity for family members and employees of farm businesses who have participated in the Farm Business Resilience Coaching Program. The program aims to ensure everyone who actively works in a farm business has a basic understanding of farm business management.

The program will be delivered in an informal small group format through online content webinars and group sessions over a series of weeks. Check-in emails and peer to peer mentoring will help keep you on track and check lists, templates and work books will help put your learnings into practice.

  • weekly webinar covering 6 content areas
  • workbooks for each module
  • Alumni Facebook group to share ideas and questions
  • online portal to house all resources, recording and with links to further learning
  • peer-to-peer mentoring program to provide support and accountability to each other

Alumni Program updates and all upcoming opportunities for continued learning will be published in the Alumni Newsletter.

I'd like to know more

To find out more about the Alumni Program, please send an email to farmbusiness@dpi.nsw.gov.au