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Agribusiness

Agribusiness is the science, practise, business and people of food and fibre production. Australia has the potential to be a leader in developing innovative solutions for sustainable, economical and ethical food production, across domestic and international markets.


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Agribusiness at Curtin offers you the opportunity for careers that span ‘paddock to plate’ and focus on:

  • Sustainable production systems under a changing climate
  • Improving soil health
  • Managing agricultural risk
  • Building successful and sustainable agricultural businesses
  • Developing solutions for crop disease management
  • Innovative technologies for agricultural production
  • Use of spatial information for production decisions
  • Use of biotechnology as a tool to solve production issues
  • Supply chain logistics for agricultural products

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Student experience

Curtin’s Bachelor of Agribusiness will develop students’ skills in enquiry, critical thinking and problem solving through workshops, group discussions, laboratory and field experiments, and real world issues linked to industry. Students will develop an understanding of production systems through activities including field tours, work experience, working with computer models and modern technologies, including precision agriculture using satellite-based imagery for measuring crop and pasture growth and soil variability.

Curtin’s Bachelor of Agribusiness provides the opportunity to link the science of agriculture with the business of food and fibre production.

Why study Agribusiness?

  • Curtin University provides a unique combination of agricultural science and agribusiness with options in spatial science, data analytics, supply chain management and business management.
  • Become a part of the solution to developing challenges in domestic and global food and fibre production
  • Future productivity improvements rely on skilled graduates undertaking high-impact research and an ability to adopt new and innovative technologies.
  • Develop networks across the agricultural sectors by participating in work experience and field tours
  • Opportunity to link to world-class research programs including the GRDC-funded Centre for Crop and Disease Management, post-harvest horticulture, aquaculture management and rehabilitation of degraded land.
  • A strong demand for skilled professionals from ‘paddock to plate’, with job opportunities currently greater than available graduate numbers.

If you would like to speak to somebody about studying Agribusiness at Curtin please contact us.

Government and industry partnerships

You will interact with people working in agricultural research, production and management, and with agribusinesses including CSIRO, State Government Departments of Agriculture, farmers, agribusiness and financial advisors, agronomy advisors, consultants, research trial operators, grain trading and marketing, and Curtin’s GRDC Centre for Crop and Disease Management.

Career opportunities

Increasing demand for global food security in a globally competitive environment provide graduates with many job opportunities across the food production chain. The majority of Curtin Agribusiness students who graduated in 2014 and 2015 were employed before graduating.

Opportunity exists in:

  • Government agencies (such as CSIRO and state departments of agriculture)
  • Farm management and farm consultancy
  • Agronomy (including consultant and research)
  • Soil scientist
  • Banking and finance sectors
  • Agricultural marketing and supply chain logistics
  • Grain trading
  • Agricultural product suppliers
  • Biotechnology (including plant and animal breeding)
  • Research, development and extension
  • Education
  • Farmer grower groups and natural resource management
  • International agricultural development

Work Integrated Learning

Learn more about the way in which Curtin Agribusiness students engage with industry through our integrated work experience program.

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Scholarship helps Curtin student tackle frost

Erin Pope

Department of Environment and Agriculture honours student Erin Pope has recently been awarded one of four Rio Tinto Groundbreaker Scholarships worth $3750 to research the devastating impact of frost. The Rio Tinto Groundbreaker Scholarships are delivered through the Royal Agricultural Society of WA (RASWA), the not-for-profit organisation that supports the state’s primary industries.

Ms Pope, who also recently completed Curtin’s Bachelor of Agribusiness said she hoped the scholarship will help her dedicate as much time as possible to her honours project in frost management. “I’m also hoping to make new contacts through the scholarship that will help me move towards agricultural extension in the grains industry,” she said. “I have a family farm out in the eastern wheatbelt and working in the grains and mixed livestock area is the natural path for me.”

For more information about the Rio Tinto Groundbreaker Scholarships, click here.

3rd Year Agribusiness field tours

In each semester in 3rd Year Agribusiness students have the opportunity to go on the Agribusiness field tour. In Semester 1, the field tour is focussed in the southern agricultural and horticultural region visiting industries and taking part in workshops related to sustainable agricultural systems in livestock and mixed farming industries, horticultural and alternative agricultural industries. In Semester 2, the field tour is focussed in the eastern agricultural region visiting Broadacre farming landowners and related industries using sustainable and precision technologies, as well as attend a spring field day. Industry linkages and networking opportunities developed during the field tours often lead to work experience or potential job opportunities.