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AHC51419 / AHC50116

Diploma of Agribusiness Management / Diploma of Agriculture

Dual award

Advance your career in agriculture with this high-level dual qualification. Become an agribusiness manager, or farm, property, or station manager.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Toowoomba Start date: 11 Jul 2023 Duration: 1 year
STUDY LOCATIONS Darling Downs and South West
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Course overview

Enrich your career in the agriculture industry with this dual qualification. Develop a broad range of advanced skills and knowledge needed to become an agribusiness manager, or farm, property, or station manager.

The agriculture and food processing industry has always played an important role in Australia's economy. According to the Australian Government's MySkills service, the industry employs over 729,000 people and contributes more than $58.2 billion to the economy. New technologies including GPS guided tractors, computerised irritation systems, and agricultural drones are changing the farming landscape in Australia.

This course focuses on the administration and management aspect of farms, stations and rural businesses. In this course you will learn how to manage both livestock and crop production, market your products and services, and prepare and monitor budgets. We will also teach you how to develop farm and business plans, climate risk management strategies, and sustainable land strategies.

Upon successful completion of this dual qualification you will have the skills and knowledge needed to become a farm, property or station manager. You will also have a solid foundation to complete further study and advance your career in this field.

What can I do?

  • Farm Manager
  • Property Manager
  • Station Manager
  • Farm Production Manager
  • Production Unit Manager
  • Agronomist
  • Agribusiness Manager/Administrator
  • Farm Manager/Administrator
  • Production Unit Manager/Administrator

Course outcome:

AHC51419 / AHC50116 Diploma of Agribusiness Management / Diploma of Agriculture

New thinking

Working closely with industry, we have pinpointed key areas of knowledge needed for the future of Australia's overall agribusiness space.

Face-to-face study option

For people who are not currently employed in the agricultural sector, you can complete this course face-to-face three days per week at our Toowoomba campus. If you have no previous agricultural experience it is highly recommended that you complete the Certificate III in Rural Operations (AHC32816) prior to commencing the dual diploma.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 8 elective units from the list below. 


  • AHCAGB519
    Plan and monitor production processes
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and monitor production processes, including identifying the production processes required to achieve targets; establishing production targets for each enterprise and each product, crop, herd or flock; and monitoring and evaluating production processes.
  • Plan and monitor production processes

  • AHCBUS516
    Develop and review a business plan
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and review a business plan.
  • Develop and review a business plan

  • AHCBUS517
    Monitor and review business performance
    Unit description :
    This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor and review business performance.
  • Monitor and review business performance

Ways to study
11 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time up to 3 days per week
  • Concession: $3,910
  • Subsidised: $4,780
  • Full fee: $7,690
11 Jul 2023
2 years
  • Concession: $3,910
  • Subsidised: $4,780
  • Full fee: $7,690

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Diploma of Agribusiness Management / Diploma of Agriculture (AHC51419 / AHC50116)

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Diploma of Agribusiness Management / Diploma of Agriculture

COURSE CODE: AHC51419 / AHC50116
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How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

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If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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VET Student Loan - 2 x $16,788 cap

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

This course is best suited to those who have extensive experience in the rural industry, or are currently working on properties whilst studying. Those without extensive experience in the Rural Industry might like to consider the Certificate III in Rural Operations, or our full-time Diploma level program.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. This includes having access to and wearing appropriate attire including cotton long sleeved shirts and trousers, safety footwear compliant with the Australian Standard AS 2210, safety glasses, and a broad brimmed hat. If you are completing horse related units, you may also be required to have access to your own safety helmet (compliant with Australian Standard AS/NZS 3838), appropriate riding boots, relevant tack (including farrier equipment), and horses suitable for practical classes. More details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation.

You are also required to bring personal stationary, sunscreen and a water bottle.

Transition statement

Replacement Qualification

This qualification AHC51419 has been replaced by AHC51422 Diploma of Agribusiness Management, as of 30 July 2022. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 29 July 2023. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

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Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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