1:1 Coaching

A better farm business in 12 months

  • Are you between 18 and 35?
  • Do you manage a farming or fishing business in NSW?
  • Do you feel unsure about how to reach the next level in your business? (or even define what the ‘next level’ is?)
  • Are you ready to invest time in your business, to make it more profitable and productive?

Each year, this 1:1 Coaching program gives a handful of farming and fishing businesses the skills to run a more effective and profitable business.

It provides tailored support, with group workshops, farm tours, and phone and/or video coaching.

Get ready to paint a picture of what your future will look like, and develop a roadmap to get there.

Getting involved is easy, just check that you’re eligible and apply online below.

YFBP will subsidise every participant in the 1:1 coaching program. You will only have to pay $1500 including GST for the entire 12 month program.

How it works

12 months of tailored support

Set goals, maintain momentum and get accountability. Use your 1:1 support to set and reach goals, and make a plan for a successful future.

  • Every fortnight, get 1 to 1.5 hours of coaching by phone or video calls
  • Learn at 5 different coaching workshops to be held across NSW
  • Get phone and email support from your coach when you need it

Individual coaching, group coaching workshops

While this program is tailored to your needs through 1 on 1 support, there are also lots of opportunities to learn and grow alongside other young farmers and fishers.

  • Meet other participants at the group workshops, where you’ll form an ‘Advisory Management Team’ for each of the participating businesses to advise and support each other
  • Know you can trust your peers – we have a strict code of conduct to ensure confidentiality
  • Access monthly video blogs from each participant and share your own (don’t worry, we’ll help you with topics and talking points if you’re stuck!)


Go behind the gate

Each participant in the program will host a tour of their business. These tours will happen alongside one of the group workshops.

  • See how others work and swap ideas
  • Assess production and property issues at each tour site, and invite others to do the same at your property
  • Get different perspectives on how you work, what you can change, and how you can improve


Results that last

Use your 12 months of 1:1 Coaching to set you up for the years to come.

You’ll walk away with,

  • A one-page strategic business plan for the next five years
  • A lender ready budget for the next financial year
  • A drought / emergency preparedness and management plan
  • A new sense of confidence and a plan for achieving your goals

Get the support you need

Applications for 2020 have closed.

Want a spot on the waitlist for 2021?
Sign up now

What others have said about our 1:1 Coaching

We work on the business instead of in the business. We are better planners, we are better business people now. We used to just have a business, now we’re actual business people

[The coach] made us cost everything: how much it cost to get out of the harbour, every bucket of feed, every trap. When he started I thought, ‘What is this?’ but now it is so useful. You can make informed decisions about everything you do… Before the program, if we wanted more money, we fished more. Now we know the value of that time in Excel.

About your coach

Richard Groom grew up on a family cattle and sheep property at Guyra on the NSW Northern Tablelands. He has worked for RCS Australia and Principle Focus.

Richard has 25 years of experience working with a broad range of businesses – from family farms to multinational agribusinesses including irrigation (cotton), wool, prime lamb production, cattle breeding and trading operations and dryland cropping. Richard runs PF Agribusiness.

Richard’s areas of expertise include establishing appropriate business structures for growth, benchmarking, grazing management, business blueprinting and dealing with complex issues of succession, communication and negotiation. richard-groom

Got questions? We have answers

Should I apply?

You should apply for the program if you are:

  • An owner or key decision maker in a farming, commercial fishing or aquaculture business in NSW. Your business can be large or small, just getting established or well developed.
  • Ready to learn and try new things.
  • Happy to share your journey with other young farmers and fishers as part of the group events within the program.

How much will it cost me?

Your contribution is $1,500 towards the program costs including GST.

NSW Department of Primary Industries will cover the balance of the program costs.

Am I eligible?

You should be aged 18 to 35 years old.

You must operate or be a key decision maker in a farming, commercial fishing or aquaculture business in NSW.

As the operator or key decision maker in your farming, commercial fishing or aquaculture business, you must either:

  • earn more than 50% of your gross income from your primary production business under normal seasonal circumstances OR
  • be classified as a “new entrant”, meaning that you have been operating your business for between 12 months to three years and more than 50% of your gross income will be derived from the business within three years of the date of the application.

The applications of new entrants will be considered on a case by case basis.

Your business must be compliant with tax reporting (BAS, annual tax returns, etc.) and with employment standards if employing staff.

What happens after I apply?

After you apply through the online form, it will be assessed by the Young Farmer Business Program and Richard Groom.

We’ll first check that you are eligible to apply, and then create a shortlist of eligible applications.

If your application is shortlisted, you’ll receive an invitation for a short video interview with the selection panel.
If your application is successful, you’ll need to sign a program participation agreement and a deed of release for the use of your photo and moving images by the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

If your application is not successful, we’ll write to you to let you know.

Still got questions?

Call or text Tim Flynn, Young Farmer Business Program Coordinator, on 0447 655 163.