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Ongoing project

Emerging leaders in protected cropping (LP18000)

Key research provider: Western Sydney University

What's it all about?

This investment is addressing an identified gap in the training of future leaders in the Australian protected cropping industry through the development of a Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Protected Cropping, delivered by Western Sydney University.

Up to 30 future leaders will be selected each year to complete the course which will assist them to meet the high demand for leadership skills in the Australian protected cropping industry and play a vital role for the prosperous future of this industry.

The courses are designed to comprehensively cover both Australian and international challenges in sustainable greenhouse production in a changing global climate. Students will learn how protected cropping utilises cutting-edge technologies in the core areas of crop production, plant physiology, biotechnology, pest management, postharvest, climate control systems, integrated data intelligence, and business management and logistics. Additionally, students will learn best practices from the protected cropping industry experts to equip graduates for employability and mobility.

Students will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and internships sponsored by five leading horticultural companies - Flavorite, Costa Group, Perfection Fresh, Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs, and AIS Greenworks.


For more information on the course and details on how to apply, download the course flyer. The courses will be delivered via a combination of flexible online learning modules and intensive onsite workshops.

You can also read about each course on the Western Sydney University website:

The project team reported progress in the following areas:

  • 120 students have enrolled and have completed at least one of the four protected cropping core subjects and other related subjects.
  • The project has educated nine graduates in Graduate Diploma in Protected Cropping and 15 participants who have upskilled with micro credentials in protected cropping.
  • A total of $80,000 (16 scholarships) funds have been received from the industry partners and 13 high achieving students have benefited from the scholarships.