Fast-track your business knowledge, and design a more effective business from the ground up.

This 12-week agri-business management course will fast-track your business knowledge and provide you with an overview of the fundamentals of business planning, management and ‘best practice’. 

Learn how to enhance business performance, manage staff and family, improve customer engagement and optimise the way you run your business.

If you need to change or optimise the way you run your business,
the Agri-Business By Design Program will kickstart this process.


Business Foundations

Learn from business specialists about the business fundamentals

12 week Fast-Track

Optimise your time – 2 day workshop plus home learning and mentoring

Network / Support

Work with like-minded people, to see how others are doing things


Who’s the Program for?

This agri-business management program is designed to educate and support participants around business management for their agricultural business. It is suitable for agribusiness owners, managers, and entrepreneurs across all agricultural sectors. The program is designed to offer an intensive program that minimises your time away from the farm or workplace.

It is ideal if:

You’re looking to upskill around ‘business management’, and are keen to consolidate and build on the fundamentals


You are relatively happy with your business, but are looking for ‘outside the square’ thinking from business experts, to take the business to the next level


You’re a younger farmer / advisor, looking to step up and take a more active management role in your business – or even to start your own business


You’re looking for a framework to map out and manage your business growth process



You need to get your business back on track after a rough period, or things aren’t going as well as expected, and you’re looking for expert advice on how to improve things


You’re flat out and time poor, and are looking for a short intensive program, with minimal time away from the business, to kickstart change.


You would like to enhance your communication skills to help you deal with staff, family dynamic or succession issues.


Learn a range of key business fundamentals

Regardless of whether you’re an entrepreneur seeking new business opportunities or the owner of a family-run business that has seen generations evolve in the agricultural sector, this business management program that is specific to agriculture will teach you a range of valuable skills in a number of key learning areas.

The Program works through a range of topics, such as:


Business Planning

  • Learn how to define your business’ goals and direction
  • Plan your approach by creating your own Business Action Plan

Product and Marketplace

  • Learn about product marketing
  • Improve your customer engagement

Business Growth

  • Identify your business’ strengths and weaknesses – including barriers to growth
  • Develop your business growth strategies
  • Consolidate your thinking around your succession planning

People Management

  • Learn how to manage both your workforce and resources
  • Improve communication with staff, family and other stakeholders such as banks
  • Enhance your leadership skills

Business management processes

  • Develop or fine-tune your business systems – around financial management, staff management, internal management such as family management meetings
  • Better understand and assess business risk


  • Enhance your ‘thinking outside the square thinking’
  • Learn how to work ON the business, while still working in the business
  • Maximise your professional development
  • Marketing and Customer Engagement

Importantly, the program is about having the ‘open conversation’, where you can discuss and deal with the key issues in your business.



What’s included?

This 12-week business management course has been specifically designed to be intensive but also accessible, which will allow you to spend time ON your business while minimising your time AWAY from your business.

It involves:

Commences with a 2x Day Workshop - at regional venues

Followed by online learning

Including Group Business Mentoring

What other think about our programs

“I found the ABDI program helped me become crystal clear on where to head the business.  After being involved in the personal work we had to do as part of the program, it became very apparent that the direction of the business was too diverse – as a result of working it through, I am now very clear about EXACTLY what the business will do for its clients, exactly where the business is headed and I now have very clear goals and a pathway to get there.  This is a vastly different position from when I started the program.  Thanks so much“.

Chris Temsen – Regional Manager, Peracto

The face-to-face meetings have been excellent – as I can interact with other like-minded people in agriculture who face similar challenges.  The program is thought provoking and has delivered clear key take-home messages that I can and have put into action – and I can see will make a huge difference to our future.  Thanks Gordon!

Citrus Producer


2018 Dates and Locations

Our programs are run in regional locations across both Queensland and New South Wales ensuring efficiency and accessibility.

  • Biloela QLD:   19-20 July 2018
  • Emerald QLD:   24-25 July 2018
  • Dalby QLD:   23-24 August 2018
  • Armidale NSW:   6-7 September 2018

 Program Fee

1st person per business – $995 (inc. GST)

Additional persons per business – $795 (inc. GST)


  • A payment plan option is also available (3 equal monthly payments).
  • Early Bird pricing (10% discount) is also available 3 weeks out from the program commencement date in each location. Early bird codes available at checkout. 
  • Funding opportunities – QLD: Participants may be eligible to access a rebate ($250 per person up to $500 per enterprise)
     as part of the Natural Disaster Resilience Project associated with TC Debbie.
  • Funding opportunities – NSW: NSW producers may be eligible for reimbursement of to 50%
     of eligible costs on completion of the program under
    NSW RAA Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

Please contact us for details.


How to Book or Register your interest

IMPORTANT: Registrations for this agri-business management program program close one week prior to the workshop event.

Places are limited, so to ensure sufficient one-on-one time, you need to book early to avoid disappointment.


To find out more about the program, please contact ABDI at 0438 135 862,
email us at, or fill out the enquiry form below.

You can also download a copy of the brochure here.

This Program is supported by the following partners:

NB: The program is relevant for all sectors of agriculture, not just livestock and broadacre farming.


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