Sponsors & Supporters

  • Agri-Food Skills Australia

    AgriFood Skills Australia was established in May 2004 as one of 11 Industry Skills Councils to provide accurate industry intelligence on current and future skill needs and training requirements for the agrifood industry. AgriFood is a public company limited by guarantee with an industry-led board of nine directors and five industry advisory standing committees. Funding is provided under contract by the Australian Government through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. View Website >>

  • Australian Government Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations

    The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations is the lead government agency providing national leadership in education and workplace training, transition to work and conditions and values in the workplace. View Website >>

  • Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism

    Experience fresh mountain air as you rise above Sydney and enter the spectacular Blue Mountains region. The Blue Mountains is perfect for exploring the best that nature has to offer. Bushwalking, galleries, fine dining, shopping, pampering day spas, golf, and numerous attractions. The Blue Mountains is the ideal destination for that romantic getaway or family escape. View Website >>

  • Central Coast Tourism

    Beaches, wildlife and wilderness – all the natural elements come together on the Central Coast. In just one hour’s drive north of Sydney, you will find yourself in a destination that has a distinctive change of place and pace, idyllic for a short break or longer escape. View Website >>

  • Central NSW Tourism

    Central New South Wales includes major centres Bathurst, Orange, Cowra, Parkes, Wellington and Forbes. The region is alive with community events throughout the year, celebrating the produce history, and nature of the area. From fast cars in Bathurst, to slow food in Cabonne, wine tasting in Orange or the history lessons of Cowra this part of New South Wales offers something for everyone. Produce of the region includes vineyards, market gardens, cereal cropping, orchards and olives. The region begins just 2 ½ hours west of Sydney in Bathurst, from there you have an easy picturesque drive to other major centres. The region is also well serviced by air, coach and rail services. View Website >>

  • Destination New South Wales

    New South Wales lies on the east coast of Australia, between Queensland and Victoria. Sydney is Australia’s premier gateway, the State capital and Australia’s largest city, and is easily reached by frequent flights from Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. NSW is also well serviced by a network of regional airlines, trains, buses and coach services. Sydney is the biggest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia - and one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth. Its sparkling harbour, dazzling beaches and sunny, Mediterranean climate are matched by an array of splendid museums and galleries, spirited nightlife, relaxed lifestyle and rich architectural heritage. Sydney is also one of the most culturally diverse cities on earth. With a population of 4.34 million (June 2007), the accents of Asia, Europe and the Middle East intermingle on its streets, restaurants and festival calendar. The surrounding regions within three hours’ drive from Sydney offer a world of astonishing natural attractions - wine regions, beaches, World Heritage national parks and spectacular coastal and country scenery. View Website >>


    The Forum of Regional Tourism Organisations (FORTO) represents 10 Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) that in turn represent the overwhelming majority of visitation and tourism product in regional NSW. The RTO structure has been the official tourism structure since 1994 and RTOs are a conduit to tourism stakeholders, including industry operators and councils. FORTO has an overarching mission to increase visitation and expenditure, in particular to double overnight tourism expenditure by 2020 in alignment with the NSW Government target. FORTO’s three key objectives are to: Improve the corporate governance of RTOs; Implement tactical marketing to generate leads and bookings for operators; and proactively engage in product development to increase visitation and expenditure. View Website >>

  • Mid North Coast NSW

    An intriguing blend of old and new, the North Coast is where the world’s largest expanse of subtropical rainforest meets mountains forged from ancient volcanoes. A sparkling coastline of endless beaches offers surfing, whale-watching, frolicking dolphins and flocks of seabirds. Inspiring surroundings attract creative personalities – artists, writers and musicians. Colourful local festivals brim with arts and crafts, kites, crystals and local produce. View Website >>

  • Murray River Regional Tourism Board

    The Murray River Wind Down. The mighty Murray River forms the border between New South Wales and Victoria before heading south to the ocean. Unwind and enjoy the region's renowned slow food, wine, golf courses and temperate climate. Hire a houseboat and explore sandy beaches, bushland and red gum forests. View Website >>

  • National Farmers Federation

    The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. It is one of Australia's foremost and respected lobbying and advocacy organisations. The NFF is dedicated to proactively generating greater understanding and better-informed awareness of farming's modern role, contribution and value to the entire community. View Website >>

  • National Skills Week

    Australia continues to experience an increase in demand for skilled labour, which requires increased workforce participation, increased skill attainment and the employment of attraction and retention strategies. ational Skills Week is a new initiative, a collaborative approach dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning, enabling all Australians to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities, their potential and how they contribute to a successful, modern economy. Learning by doing is as important as academic learning- there are many paths to success. The concept of National Skills Week will provide focus to Vocational Education & Training (VET), its achievements, the contribution, the career pathways, the opportunities and the success stories. National Skills Week (October 1-8, 2011)will bring to life the positive messages, highlighting the talents, the skills and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia to the wider public and employers. The week will be dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning. View Website >>

  • News Limited

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  • Northern Rivers Tourism

    Traversed by three mighty rivers from the Clarence Valley in the south up to Tweed Heads on the Queensland border and out to the foothills of the Great Divide, the Byron Bay region of Northern NSW offers an authentic yet accessible experience of regional Australia. In this one compact region, you’ll discover the endless stretch of Pacific Coast beaches that gave birth to the Australian surfing legend; lush rolling countryside dotted with small but perfectly formed towns and villages; rugged dairy cattle country; ancient volcanic landscapes, rainforests teeming with life; and deep river gorges disappearing up into the mountains. View Website >>

  • NRMA

    As Australia's largest member organisation, NRMA Motoring & Services provides a range of services for members and the community, including our legendary roadside assistance and a diverse range of motoring, travel and lifestyle benefits, products and services. View Website >>

  • Riverina Regional Tourism

    Located in southern New South Wales, the Riverina extends from the rolling foothills of the south-west slopes to the outback. A showcase of spectacular scenery, gourmet food and wine, historic landmarks and museums, arts and crafts, adventure and sports and legendary country hospitality, the Riverina is the ideal place to discover the natural and relaxed feel of contemporary rural Australia. The Riverina is one of the most productive and diverse agricultural regions in the country, and is claimed as the ‘food bowl of Australia’. There are numerous wineries, excellent restaurants and events on most weekends for you to visit throughout the region. The Riverina is readily accessible by major highways from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Canberra, and is well serviced by air, coach and rail services. View Website >>

  • Rotary

    ROTARY is a worldwide organisation of more than 1.2 million business and professional men and women who are acknowledged leaders in their communities and who put the ideal of service into action. Rotarians are pledged to maintain high ethical standards in their vocations and to serve their own communities as they advance international understanding and peace ROTARY is an organisation of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. View Website >>

  • SkillsOne

    SkillsOne is dedicated to raising the profile of careers in trades and skills. Visit www.skillsone.com.au to watch hundreds of videos about getting a trade or skill. It is a rich resource for parents, teachers, students and careers advisors. SkillsOne TV is broadcast nationally on Channel 183 Aurora, Foxtel & Austar, and Channel 4 digital free to air in Regional NSW and VIC. View Website >>

  • Tourism Snowy Mountains

    The Southern Harvest Trail is a new agri-tourism initiative which aims to provide a boost to regional farm gate businesses by encouraging visitors “off the beaten track” to Tumbarumba, Tumut, Gundagai, Harden, Boorowa, Yass and Young shires. The concept is based on the successful Hawkesbury Harvest trail which has been operating since 2004. The trail will target Hume Highway travelers, Canberra tourists, as well as local day trippers. The stimulus for this is the need to turn around the continuing decline of small farms, to stimulate regional tourism and to boost rural regional development. The trail will incorporate experiences such as farm gate sales, pick your own seasonal products, regular farmers markets, and local restaurants. It is designed to reinvigorate the agricultural outputs from the region and help to make small farms a viable business option. View Website >>

  • Western Australian Government Department of Agriculture & Food

    The Department of Agriculture and Food assists the State's Agriculture, Food and Fibre sectors to be sustainable and profitable, with a clear focus on export-led growth. The Department enhances the international competitiveness of the State's agribusiness by working with them to meet the increasingly demanding standards for safety and quality of food and fibre products produced in a sustainable way. View Website >>

  • National Harvest Guide
  • The Weekly Times
  • National Farmers Federation
  • News Limited
  • Australian Government (DEEWR)
  • Agri-Food Skills Australia
  • Rotary Down Under