1:1 Coaching

A better farm business in 12 months

  • This program is for farmers, farm managers, and employees of all ages 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?

This year, places are limited to 150 businesses across NSW. This 1:1 Coaching program gives farming 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.

Your participation will be heavily subsidised in the 1:1 coaching program. You will only have to pay $1500 including GST for the entire 11-month program. We want all farmers to pay, so they really value the coaching program. We can split this cost across a few invoices if that helps you.

For small scale farming businesses or startups that turn over less than $100,000 annually, the program will cost $440 including GST.

How it works

11 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.

You’ll get 11 months of business coaching to help you. You’ll choose what you want to achieve, it’s totally your journey.

Each fortnight the coach will give you a call and give you a full hour. You can talk about anything with your coach – it’s all confidential. Each business will receive fortnightly coaching sessions, 1 on 1 with an expert business coach. These catch-ups will be via Zoom (or similar). You can have phone sessions if your internet is limited. 2 people can participate from a farm business, could be a manager and a staff member, 2 siblings, a couple, whatever you choose.

You’ll have 4 face to face meetings with your coach. These will be full days and there will be 5 other businesses in the room with you. The day before your meeting you’ll have a farm tour and see another business that is being coached, just like you. You’ll need to attend all of these. These meetings will be in different towns across NSW, so we need you to be ready to travel (just the 4 times).

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 farmers.

  • 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

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 11 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 2021 are open now!


What others have said about our 1:1 Coaching

“The quickest way I could work out to go from good to great was to actually employ a business coach. That’s what we ended up doing and we’ve never looked back.” – Nigel Kerin

“Coaching has certainly smashed paradigms, leading us to think differently about future wealth creation and farm operation expansion.” – Doug & Georgie Kelly

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 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 farmers 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.

For small scale farming businesses or startups that turn over less than $100,000 annually, the program will cost $440 including GST.

Am I eligible?

All ages can apply.

This program is for farmers, farm managers,s and employees in NSW.

What happens after I apply?

After you apply through the online form, it will be assessed by the team.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Just fill out our online form. It’s short and sweet. We want to make this easy for you. Check out this flyer for our FAQs.