School resources

Promoting agricultural education in schools is vital to increasing the knowledge of the whole community about the food and fibre used in everyday life. The information below is provided for teachers, students and parents alike to ensure that the skills and capabilities in our agricultural industries remain world class.

To catch up on some of the many activities of the NSW Department of Primary Industries check out our story map.

Careers in primary industries

Interested in reducing world poverty, starting your own business, innovative technology, research and development, travel? Careers in our primary industries don't all involve driving a tractor or shearing a sheep - they can require high level science, maths and technology skills. The range of careers available in food and fibre industries are endless see our DPI staff case studies (PDF, 1353.54 KB).

Agriculture careers for primary school

A set of careers cards featuring Lego minifigure characters that introduce primary age children to the range of agriculture careers across the supply chain. Produced in collaboration with Little Brick Pastoral.

School excursions

  • Belgenny Farm
    Located at Camden in Sydney’s south-west, Belgenny Farm is a great location for students to experience agriculture and agricultural history. Teaching and learning resources are available onsite and online.
  • Kids fishing workshops
    Introduce students to skills and knowledge to develop a lifelong interest in safe and responsible fishing
  • Tocal Homestead
    Located outside Maitland in the Hunter Valley Tocal Homestead provides students with a glimpse at rural life in colonial Australia

Study with DPI at Tocal College

  • Tocal College
    A leader in agricultural and conservation land management education, Tocal College offers full and part time courses, short courses and online qualifications.
  • Tocal Skills Training
    A program of short courses delivered locally by highly skilled and respected DPI staff
  • Tocal Skills Training online
    Training courses delivered right to your desktop, offering convenience and easy access at a time that suits you.
  • University degree pathway
    Begin your University of New England degree at Tocal College

Teacher professional development

Tocal College also delivers courses designed specifically for teachers and is endorsed to provide QTC Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher, for the following courses:

BOSTES Quality Teaching Council logoCompleting The Climate Challenge for NSW teachers will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Completing AgPatch - Garden Connections will contribute 5 hours NESA registered professional development addressing 2.1.2, 3.4.2 and 3.7.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Teaching resources

Other resources

  • Animals in schools website provides information about caring for animals on school grounds.
  • PrimeZone web portal for primary industries related teaching resources.
  • Scootle digital teaching resources for the National Curriculum.