AIH & AGC Formed A New MoU

The Australian Institute of Horticulture and the Australian Garden Council have formed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote the diverse and exciting opportunities for careers in horticulture, gardens and landscapes, and greenspaces. Together we believe in the real opportunities available to people of all walks of life to enjoy work that makes a difference, adds life and greenery to our places and helps to restore nature to its best.

The Australian Garden Council was formed in 2015 and launched by then Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP.

We received immediate financial backing from individuals and industry who joined as Members in various categories. Commercial enterprises, professional groups and various members of the public continue to support us annually.

In 2019 Hon David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management Australia, provided a grant of $490,000 through Landcare to the AGC as a Not for Profit charity to achieve our objectives.

This was the first major Commonwealth grant for gardening since Federation.

Of the twelve areas of concern I submitted to the Commonwealth, we ended focussing on three pillars; engagement with youth towards a career in gardening and ornamental horticulture, support for community garden groups and to encourage liaison with all levels of government supporting garden tourism both local and international.

A Board was appointed with representatives from every state and we meet according to a strict Code of Governance determined by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) and their Community Grants Hub.

COVID-19 interrupted many projects from the beginning of 2020 but we decided to focus specifically on producing booklet/s aimed at informing high school students, nationwide, of the potential career opportunities in gardening and ornamental horticulture.

The AGC sought assistance from committees within the AGC and outside consultants with the result being the publication of two booklets, one aimed at young secondary students entering the system from a ‘green’ primary school environment and the second at 14-17 year old teenagers deciding on subjects and careers.

Both booklets were finalised in late 2020 and printed ready for distribution early in 2021.

2021 Update

  • Both copies of the Careers Booklets have been sent to every high school in Australia.
  • The AGC signed an MOU with the AIH to foster further engagement and support for our mutual projects and ideals.
  • The AGC participated in a ZOOM conference for NSW Secondary School Careers Advisors representing >100,000 students.
  • AGC directors from WA and SA attended careers events in those states while Qld and NSW events were impacted by Covid lockdowns.
  • AGC Directors engaged with governments in NSW, SA, VIC, WA, TAS and the ACT.
  • The AGC continues to be approached by industry and community bodies seeking our assistance to progress gardening pursuits, apprenticeship training and events.

2022 predictions

  • The AGC is supporting three BBM Awardees in their travel and horticulture work experiences in the UK and France.
  • MIFGS returns and the AGC will be there to engage with teenagers about careers in gardening and ornamental horticulture.
  • We have other garden events to attend to distribute our great careers booklets across Australia.
  • Garden tourism is ramping up in South Australia and the AGC looks forward to the outcomes there.
  • Other state AGC directors are also looking to engage with garden tourism opportunities as the country opens up again.The Australian Independent
  • Garden Centres group and Garden Centres Australia will finally be holding their postponed conference and the AGC will be in attendance to make contact with existing apprentices and future trainees in gardening and ornamental horticulture.

The AGC website has become another main focus and fast becoming a great destination for those seeking information on careers in gardening and ornamental horticulture with new content and videos being added this year.

AIH members have greatly assisted the AGC in staffing displays at several events and we look forward to their support in 2022.


Yours sincerely,

 

Graham A. Ross AM, VMM, MAIH RH
Chair and Founder
The Australian Garden Council

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