Vocational Graduate Diploma of Agribusines

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome in agribusiness. It reflects the role of individuals who apply substantial specialised knowledge and skills to the senior managerial and leadership role in an organisation or business area. In these roles they are required to generate and evaluate complex ideas, and to initiate, design and execute the major planning, research, design, operational, compliance and management functions within highly varied or specialised agribusiness contexts. Typically, they would have full responsibility and accountability for the personal output and work of others.

The agrifood industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Job roles

Occupational titles may include:

general manager/chief executive officer

senior manager

export/marketing manager

research and development manager

processing systems plant manager

compliance and systems manager.


Packaging Rules

Complete eight elective units made up of:

three units from Group A (business leadership stream level VII)

one unit from either Group A, not previously selected, or Group B (technical stream level VII), or from a relevant Vocational Graduate Certificate from this Training Package or any other Training Package or accredited course (the selected unit must not duplicate units already contained within the qualification)

three units from Group C (business leadership stream level VIII)

one unit from Group D (technical stream level VIII) or from any other group, or from a relevant Vocational Graduate Diploma from this Training Package or any other Training Package or accredited course (the selected unit must not duplicate units already contained within the qualification).

Qualification structure

Group A Elective Units: Business leadership stream (level VII)

add topic MTMBUS701A

Manage financial performance

add topic BSBDES701A

Research and apply design theory

add topic MTMBUS702A

Provide strategic leadership

add topic MSS407001A

Prepare for and implement change

add topic MTMBUS703A

Communicate and negotiate in a culturally diverse context

add topic MSS407006A

Build relationships between teams in an operations environment

add topic MTMBUS704A

Develop and enhance collaborative partnerships and relationships

add topic NWP704A

Lead a project development

Group B Elective Units: Technical stream (level VII)

add topic MTMBUS705A

Develop and manage international business operations

add topic MTMPSR606A

Assess and purchase livestock

add topic MTMBUS706A

Commercialise research and technology product/idea

add topic NWP706A

Review and evaluate water and wastewater sustainability objectives

add topic BSBCOM601B

Research compliance requirements and issues

add topic NWP707A

Analyse and review water treatment plant technology

Group C Elective Units: Business leadership stream (level VIII)

add topic MTMBUS803A

Analyse data for business decision making

add topic BSBRES801A

Initiate and lead applied research

add topic BSBINN801A

Lead innovative thinking and practice

add topic MSA408003A

Develop models of future state operations practice

Group D Elective Units: Technical stream (level VIII)

add topic MTMBUS801A

Manage change to organisational electronic technology systems

add topic MTMBUS802A

Undertake research project


    Pathways into the qualification

    Candidates may enter the qualification through a number of entry points which demonstrate their potential to undertake study at graduate level, including:

    an Advanced Diploma or Diploma qualification relevant to an agrifood industry

    relevant extensive vocational experience in middle management in an agrifood industry at a skill level commensurate with the AQF level VI attributes and criteria

    higher education qualification (e.g. Bachelor Degree), with relevant vocational experience in an agrifood industry.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake:

    a post-graduate qualification.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

Units of competency in this qualification do not require a licence or certification.

Employability Skills


Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


modelling and leading open, collaborative and appropriate relationships and cultivating new partnerships

consulting with target groups and stakeholders using an extensive range of communication techniques

presenting and explaining ideas and information creatively to meet audience needs

using active listening and negotiating in a range of cross-cultural contexts

developing plain English written text which deals with complex issues and concepts


providing strategic leadership during change and negotiation processes

generating, promoting and sustaining innovation and change within the organisation

cultivating collaborative and participative work relationships

building trust, confidence, respect and cooperation within and between teams

Problem solving

assessing challenges and risks at a strategic level and developing appropriate responses

identifying, collecting, analysing and interpreting data using a variety of research and data collection methods

analysing business data using data analysis and decision-making techniques to produce information for the business

undertaking risk assessment, seeking feedback and planning improvement to business operations

working with teams with diverse emotional and multiple intelligences and thinking skills

systematically evaluating strategic inputs, processes and outputs of the business

developing strategies to respond to system, personnel and technological problems and opportunities

Initiative and enterprise

conducting situational analysis

influencing and shaping strategic thinking and inspiring others through a shared vision

promoting innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, and exploring and identifying innovation activity and needs in the business context

identifying emerging business opportunities

Planning and organising

framing research strategies in consideration of available resources

initiating, designing and managing an applied research project

setting business targets and identifying resource requirements

establishing and monitoring information management systems, and business policies and procedures

developing and implementing business strategies

reviewing business performance


conducting research to develop capability and enhance learning

acting as a role model in the workplace

leading sustainable innovative practices

providing leadership in OH&S practice, ethical standards, legislative requirements and governance

reviewing own personal and professional competence against personal development objectives

supporting and using participative arrangements aimed at establishing trust


promoting a culture of ongoing learning and development within the organisation

reflecting upon and evaluating personal leadership style, and personal and professional competence

identifying and applying multiple perspectives and interpretations, and appropriate protocols and language in culturally diverse contexts


using a wide range of technologies (online or computer-based)

analysing and assessing the potential of new technology solutions to improve organisational outcomes

using technology to discover, access, store, manage and report on research

using basic desktop applications for business and project management

using recordkeeping and reporting systems