PinG WA is a dynamic and visionary organisation which is highly regarded by farmers, agribusiness, research development corporations and government agencies. Our focus is on upskilling farm businesses and building their capacity which in turn leads to increased efficiencies and profitability.
Our suite of workshops focus on the three key areas of any farm business – People, Technology and Finance:
- Paperless Farm Office
- Farm Finance for Performance
- Being a Better Boss (IR): Legal Obligations for Farmers
- Being a Better Boss (HR): Managing People
- Being a Better Boss: Team Productivity and Time Management
- Managing People for Success Program
We are selective in our partnerships and collaborate with like-minded organisations and agencies. We know one size does not fit all and so we tailor our partnerships to ensure that value is maximised for both parties, resulting in valuable and applicable professional development outcomes for our growers, when and where it is needed.
RSM and PinG WA have a long history of working together to deliver business skills outcomes to farmers across WA. PinG WA first welcomed RSM as an official partner in 2018. The partnership has been extremely successful and has continued to deliver benefits to WA farmers throughout 2019. In 2017 and 2018, RSM were important contributors to the Farm Finance for Performance (FFP) Sub-Committee and were integral in the development of the new FFP workshop. This vital support has continued throughout 2018 and 2019, with RSM accountants in attendance at FFP workshops, supporting attendees with understating their business structures, cash flows and being available to answer general accounting questions that arise.
RSM support has also been through their sponsorship of INSPIRE in 2018, specialised farm finance information through the PinG WA ‘In the Loop’ newsletter; and vital in-kind support to PinG WA through advice and meeting facilities.
PinG WA and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) have a successful partnership which spans many years and has resulted in the development of four farm business training workshops which are now offered across Australia through the PinG Alliance members:
Being a Better Boss (HR): Managing People, Being a Better Boss (IR) Legal Obligations for Farmers, Farm Office Efficiencies, and Technology, Tips and Tables.
In 2018 and 2019, GRDC investment is making it possible for PinG WA to deliver 20 Farm Finance for Performance workshops across WA.This follows on from the successful support of nine Being a Better Boss: Team Productivity & Time Management workshops in 2017/2018 and sponsorship of INSPIRE in 2018.
ProcessWorx, like PinG WA, are passionate about providing farm businesses with access to expertise, systems and support which has traditionally not been available in regional areas. In 2019, ProcessWorx became the Official Industrial Relations Consulting Partner of PinG WA, supporting PinG WA to deliver 12 Being a Better Boss (IR): Legal Obligations for Farmers workshops throughout 2019. Danielle McNamee, the Managing Director and co-founder of ProcessWorx has over 20 years’ experience in Australia and overseas working with recruitment, human resources and technology consultancies and is also the PinG WA facilitator for this workshop series.
The Muresk Institute
The Muresk Institute is a skills hub for modern agriculture, with a core focus to bring the best industry-driven training opportunities, knowledge and skills to the Western Australian agricultural industry. The focus of PinG WA is closely aligned and in 2019, the Muresk Institute invested in PinG WA to deliver workshops across regional WA, including Paperless Farm Office, Farm Finance for Performance: Business Structure & Cashflow and Being a Better Boss (IR): Legal Obligations for Farmers.
CBH Group’s safety vision is that we all return home safely at the end of each working day, and they are passionate about making safety a priority for primary producers. PinG WA has partnered with the CBH Group to develop and roll out a new workshop: Farm Safety – Safeguarding your business and people” in 2019. In addition to supporting the development of this new workshop, the CBH Group are supporting delivery of 10 workshops in 2020.
MLA delivers the practical results of its R&D investments by providing producers with education, training and opportunities to change on-farm practice.
MLA supports extension and training opportunities with practical information, tools and calculators to assist producer decision making, with the aim of achieving long-term productive and profitable businesses.
In 2019, MLA supported the delivery of 15 Paperless Farm Office workshops throughout red meat producing regions of WA. In addition to supporting these workshops, MLA and Profitable Grazing Systems also partnered with PinG WA to deliver a Supported Learning Program (SLP) which is a producer upskilling program based on supported learning and coaching.
As part of Profitable Grazing Systems, PinG WA will deliver the “Managing People for Success” program throughout 2019 and 2020. The “Managing People for Success” Program includes workshops, coaching sessions and the development of a farm-specific project to allow producers the opportunity to learn by practising, apply new skills with other producers and be involved in learning long term through coaching and peer-to-peer learning and hands-on practice.
Geraldton Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank and Rural Bank
The Geraldton Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank and Rural Bank partnered with PinG WA in 2017 and 2018 to pilot the new workshop Paperless Farm Office, before supporting the launch with a “Bendigo Bank Midwest Roadshow” in 2018. The Geraldton Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank and Rural Bank supported the delivery of Paperless Farm Office in Mingenew, Mullewa and Binnu. In addition to investing in the delivery, Bendigo Bank and
Rural Bank personnel attended the workshop to support the facilitator and answer business questions as they arose. Following on from the success of the “Bendigo Bank Midwest Roadshow” in 2018, Bendigo Bank and Rural Bank have again supported workshop delivery in 2019. In 2019, the “Bendigo Bank Midwest Roadshow” will bring the Being a Better Boss (IR): Legal Obligations for Farmers workshop to Binnu, Mullewa and Morawa.
Figured understand the importance of online livestock, crop and production tracking, farm budgeting and forecasting and have therefore developed a tool that gives you accurate data in one place, real time. In 2019, Figured provided PinG WA with a free subscription to enable us to quickly, easily and accurately develop powerful reporting at a glance, develop accurate budgets and forecast for the year ahead.
Rabobank are one of the largest rural lenders with a core mission to create value for their clients, employees and the rural communities where they work. Much the same as PinG WA, Rabobank was developed by farmers, for farmers and they have been an integral part of PinG WA’s success.
In 2017 and 2018, Rabobank were important contributors to the Farm Finance for Performance (FFP) Sub-Committee and were integral in the development of the new FFP workshop. This vital support has continued throughout 2018 and 2019, with Rabobank personnel in attendance at FFP workshops, supporting attendees with understanding their business structures, cash flows and being available to answer financial questions as they arise.
Rabobank was also a Summit Partner for the PinG WA INSPIRE Summit in both 2016 and 2018.
Host Communities and Grower Groups
PinG WA work closely with host communities, such as Community Resource Centres and local grower groups to receive on-the-ground assistance to deliver workshops where and when they’re required. Host communities and grower groups also support PinG WA through applying for grants and co-investing in delivery of workshops which enable primary producers to attend workshops at a subsidised cost.
Agworld, like PinG WA is a trusted service provider in the WA broadacre sector and prides itself on putting the farmer first. The support of Agworld in 2018 enabled farmers in WA’s eastern and central wheatbelt to be amongst the first in Australia to access the new ‘Paperless Farm Office‘ business skills workshop.
The ‘Paperless Farm Office Wheatbelt Workshop Series’ supported by Agworld enabled PinG WA to deliver in the farming communities of Hyden, Esperance, Ravensthorpe, Wongan Hills, Dowerin, Merredin and Bruce Rock in August and September 2018.
Farmanco work with primary producers to help grow their farm business and achieve business and personal goals. As specialist in using analytical and practical approaches to address agricultural challenges faced in management, agronomy and marketing, in 2018 and 2019 Farmanco were important contributors to the Farm Finance for Performance (FFP) Sub-Committee and were integral in the development of the new FFP workshop.
2018 INSPIRE Summit Partners and Sponsors
In 2018, the INSPIRE Summit Funding Partners were:
2016 Inspire Summit Partners and Sponsors
In 2016, the INSPIRE Summit Funding Partners were:
Sponsors: Planfarm, RSM, GRDC, Department of Agriculture and Food, CBH Group and Telstra.
Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women (FAAW)
The Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women (FAAW) operated as a national organisation between 1995 and 2016 to provide for disadvantaged rural women and to advance all women in agricultural occupations and rural communities around Australia. In 2017 FAAW wound down and gifted its remaining funds to PinG WA to develop the first workshop in the ‘Farm Finance for Performance’ series. This workshop is the legacy of FAAW and will assist rural Australian women managing or administering farm finances to gain confidence in their role and position as an equal partner and contributor to their business.