About the Rural Support Training Program

The Rural Support Training Program is a key initiative to help our rural communities which are affected by drought, to diversify and build employability skills during this time.
TAFE Queensland has designed a range of short courses to enable local farmers and residents in areas affected by drought to upskill, engage with local community and increase opportunities for off-farm income.

Five training programs are available, all are fully funded under the Rural Support Training program and each program runs for five days from Monday to Friday.

rural support program 1

Program 1 - Workplace Health and Safety (non-accredited)

For business owners, managers or supervisors, understanding your obligations and responsibilities for workplace health and safety is essential.  This will provide you with the skills and knowledge to fulfil the role of Health and Safety Representative (HSR), as set out in the Health and Safety Act 2011.


rural support training program 2

Program 2 – From using equipment to chemicals safely (accredited units)

Learn how to safely use chemicals and adopt machine practices on and off properties to reduce the risk of spreading weeds, pests and diseases and meet the Biosecurity Act requirements.


rural support training program 3

Program 3 – Building safe work practices (non-accredited and accredited units)

Working in a safe environment is a key responsibility; you’ll learn how to build safe work practices including fatigue management, First Aid, Work Safely at Heights and Operating Quad Bikes.       

rural support training program 4

Program 4 – An opportunity to develop or diversify your skills (non-accredited and accredited units)

Building your skills can set you up for volunteering, part time work or new streams of income; such as working in licensed premises, coffee shops and food outlets. If you’re looking to learn or brush up on your Microsoft Word and Excel skills, this is a great opportunity.


Program 5 – Gaining skills for employment (accredited units)

Gaining pre-employment skills and competencies in the construction, infrastructure and resource fields can help you gain employment. This program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enter and work on a construction site in Queensland, comply with current workplace health and safety legislation and work confidently at heights, work in confined spaces as well as inspect, test and tag electrical equipment.


All these programs are fully funded under the Rural Support Training Program and eligibility criteria applies.

To apply or find out more about these courses, just call Helen Schaffer on (07) 4160 4450 or email ruralsupporttraining.southwest@tafe.qld.edu.au



Got a question? We're here to help