PIEFA... The Leader In Food and Fibre Education

We engage Australian schools and the community through education about food and fibre production and careers.

Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia’s (PIEFA) vision is to embed the value of Australian food and fibre production in the national psyche – and we aim to achieve this with a range of classroom resources, eLearning courses, Farmer Time sessions and agriculture career pathways.

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how PIEFA is making a
difference in schools

TEACHING RESOURCES

PIEFA, a not for profit company, operates and manages a web portal called Primezone. Primezone provides teachers, parents and students with an Australian Curriculum driven range of high quality vetted primary industries education resources from Foundation to Year 12.

ONLINE COURSES

As an addition to Primezone, PIEFA’s eLearning portal, Primezone Academy, provides teachers and students with single-point access to a range of primary industries related eLearning courses, which can be completed in the classroom or at home.

CAREERS IN AGRICULTURE

Career Harvest is a one-stop shop for prospective students to discover rewarding careers. Career Harvest, PIEFA’s career portal, provides students with career options, scholarships, opportunities and more.

VIRTUAL FARM VISITS

PIEFA is the Australian partner of the Farmer Time program. Farmer Time was founded in the UK and the program allows students to connect with a farmer, fisher or forester, ask questions, take a virtual tour and experience what a career in food and fibre can look like. For years Foundation-12, Farmer Time provides real-world context for food & fibre curriculum.

GAP YEAR PROGRAM

AgCAREERSTART is a 10-12 month paid gap-year program designed to kick-start careers in farming. Participants aged under 25 are matched with a host-farm; work and earn for 10-12 months; receive training and mentoring to complete a VET course; plus enjoy access to industry events. 

TEACHER PD TRAINING

Knowing Growing is a joint initiative of three leaders in agriculture education – PIEFA, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. The aim of the program is to facilitate teaching about our primary industries in schools by providing quality professional development for all teachers. 

FARM SAFETY EDUCATION

PIEFA, with funding from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, has created a ready to use, easy to deliver resource package focusing on farm safety. It specifically targets high school students, looking at ways they can be part of the process and solution to safety issues on farms. 

SFIRP

PIEFA’s Storm and Flood Industry Recovery Program is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements through the Department of Regional NSW – Sector Recovery and Resilience Grants.

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CONNECTING FARMERS, FISHERS & FORESTERS WITH STUDENTS

We aim to:

  • provide national leadership and coordination of initiatives to encourage primary industries education in schools through a partnership between industry, government and educators;
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  • coordinate, facilitate and manage national projects to encourage primary industries education in schools;
  • provide a source of credible, objective and educational resources for schools to maintain and improve community confidence in Australia’s primary industries; and
  • communicate primary industries research and development outcomes in a format accessible for schools and encourage interest from schools in primary industries related careers.

Teaching Resources

We work to bring you the best agriculture studies lesson and resources to support your STEM classroom. There hundreds to choose from at Primezone.edu.au
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Industry Connections

​PIEFA is a member based organisation and we gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of our industry partners.
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Online Courses

As an addition to Primezone, PIEFA's eLearning portal, Primezone Academy, provides teachers and students with single-point access to a range of primary industries related eLearning courses, which can be completed in the classroom or at home.
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What's
Happening Now

Storm and Flood Industry Recovery Program Builds Resilience by Enriching Schools with Food and Fibre Education

Media Release | 04/04/2024 Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA), with the assistance of the Storm and Flood Industry Recovery Program (SFIRP), has actively engaged with 195 schools to-date in…

SFIRP and PIEFA in schools!

PIEFA’s Storm and Flood Industry Recovery Program (SFIRP) have been actively out and about in NSW schools, supporting teachers to implement food and fibre content in the classroom! Check out…

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