SuniTAFE SMART Farming - Horticulture Training & Innovation Hub

Developing the people of today into the workforce of tomorrow



The horticultural industry is diverse and central to the national economy. Horticulture in Sunraysia alone is forecast to double over the next 10+ years and job prospects are increasing in the sector….but jobs in farming aren’t what they used to be. 
While traditional labour skills are still required to operate farms today, we are now at a cross roads between industrial-era farming and SMART Farming.  These farms of the future will use automation, robotics, driverless tractors, drones, data and technology to make horticulture farming more efficient and productive.
A typical work day on a SMART Farm will be spent on decision-making, data analysis, machinery management, or even robot coding - all with the touch of a hand held device. 

The SuniTAFE SMART Farm is preparing this new generation of tech-savvy growers.  Our students will be capable of precision-based farming that uses broadband services, mobility and a range of measurement, monitoring and management technologies to control systems from mobile devices.
SuniTAFE is incorporating the latest cutting edge technology, automation, innovation and practices into horticultural training as early as 2021.
It’s time to take a fresh look at SuniTAFE and careers in horticulture.  We welcome you to join with us as we transform the horticultural training model.

Our Vision

To be the leading trainer provider in SMART horticulture farming, combining best practice with cutting edge technology to develop the people of today into the workforce of tomorrow.

Our Mission

  1. Train an efficient and skilled SMART farming workforce that can rise to meet current demands and proactively contribute to the future requirements of the horticulture sector.  
  2. Provide accessible support, trials, networks, information, skills, education and training to horticulture farmers to facilitate a move away from industrial era practices towards a SMART farming model that utilises automation and technology.
  3. Deliver skills, training and education to improve the capability of the horticulture industry to manage resource and environmental constraints, while sustainably increasing production, and producing more with less.

Our Philosophy

We invest in training people in SMART farming equipment, technologies and best practice processes, preparing a future-ready workforce to enable productivity and efficiency improvements for horticulture farmers, and creating a growing movement of farm workers with skills to transform the sector for social, economic and environmental gain.

Download our SMART Farm Prospectus

Agriculture and horticulture industries are facing unprecedented change, as a result, farming enterprises need to adopt emerging technologies.  Gain industry insights and read the latest news. Read more
We have exciting plans for the SMART Farm to enable us to innovate and lead industry change.  Find out more about our current projects and vision. Read more
Technologies have revolutionised modern agriculture and horticulture industries.  To enhance the SMART Farm’s future readiness learn about the new innovative technology that has been acquired.  Read more
Are you interested in contract lecturing or demonstrating in a primary industries subject or deliver specialist training in horticulture.  Get in touch with us. Read more
Corporate partners
We're proud to partner with a number of industry leading organisations. Find out more about our partnerships and join our expanding network.

Trial your crops
Help shape the future of horticulture and connect with others.  Businesses are invited to trial new agricultural technology and crops.

Launch your career
Ready to launch your farming career, refresh your skills or learn some new ones? Explore our agriculture and horticulture courses.

School Involvement
The SMART Farm offers site tours, special events, topical talks and demonstrations to involve schools and showcase the range of new career options in horticulture. 
Research & Resources
Learn about the research trials and activities currently being undertaken at the SuniTAFE Farm and download resources.

SMART Farm Events
The SMART Farm hosts a number of special events and activities throughout the year to showcase new innovative technologies and career options.