Farm Caretakers and Workers


8 days


Sherwood Park Training Facility (Warrnambool)

6 - 15 November 2017

Monday - Friday & Monday - Wednesday

9.00am - 4.00pm

Building U, Room SU1.02


Photo identification (including your date of birth).

This course is very 'hands-on', so participants need to have reasonable fitness and agility to undertake the training.

PDF Download

2017 Course Brochure.pdf

What You Learn

How to undertake many of the daily tasks around a farm in a proficient and safe manner.

What You Get

The skills and knowledge required to apply for farm positions as volunteers or employees.

Materials to Bring

Photo identification (including your date of birth).

Equipment (including safety equipment) will be supplied by South West TAFE as required and will remain the property of South West TAFE.

Dress Code

Appropriate enclosed footwear and a hat and coat (according to weather conditions) to permit outdoor training.



Upskill to work or volunteer on farming properties around Australia

This 8 day course is designed to give participants without prior farm experience, the skills and knowledge required to apply for farm positions. Several social events are also arranged so you can really enjoy the experience of being with like-minded people and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Warrnambool.


  • OHS
  • Care for health and welfare of livestock
  • Handle livestock
  • Water supplies
  • Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • Operate quad bikes
  • Conduct front end loader operations
  • Fencing

The topics are non-accredited (and not assessed) but are based on accredited units South West TAFE have resources and experience in delivering.


Peter McSween has 30 years experience dairy farming with extensive understanding of pasture management and handling stock including sheep, fencing and water/bore management. He has also worked on properties in the QLD channel country near Longreach.  Peter has successfully achieved an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and AgVet Chemical Users certification and has undertaken recent specific training for both quad bikes and front end loaders.

Student Support

At South West TAFE we’re here to help you complete your studies happily and successfully.

From the moment you start thinking about course options until you finish, you’ll have access to a range of student support options, covering enrolment, education, social and personal issues, including:

  • Education Pathway Officers who can help you with information sessions, fee payment options, TAFE and university pathways, career pathways and campus tours

  • A DHHS registered Disability Support Team

  • Koorie Liaison Officer

  • Student Wellbeing Officer supporting your personal and social needs

  • Library and Research Centre

  • Bookshop supplying a range of textbooks and stationery

  • Student Learning Support including literacy and numeracy


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