Beef Australia opens applications for highly anticipated School’s Program

Published 07 November 2023

Media release

Beef Australia is thrilled to announce registrations have opened for the Suncorp Bank School’s Program supported by MLA Australian Good Meat Education.

The Program plays a vital role in educating students about the origins of their food and fibre whilst engaging them with a wealth of knowledge in primary production and agricultural sectors.

Beef Australia CEO Simon Irwin said the organisation believes it is important for all students, whether studying agriculture or not, to gain exposure to important messages about the beef industry.

“In 2021, we saw close to 4,000 students through the gates of Beef Australia, but in 2024 we’re looking to take the Program to new heights”, Mr Irwin said.

“At its core, the Program connects students with various aspects of the agricultural supply chain including producers, agribusinesses, suppliers, agents and more, and provides students with a wealth of knowledge and in depth understanding of potential career paths available in the agricultural industry.

“In 2024, the Suncorp Bank School’s Program supported by MLA Australian Good Meat Education will run from Tuesday 7th May through to Friday 10th May and will incorporate an interactive and casual school zone, curriculum focused school tours visiting onsite exhibitors, businesses and education facilities, the AgForce Career Conversations event, plus the opportunity to hear from young professionals and industry leaders about their journey through the ag industry.

“Through the support of MLA, the 2024 Program will also see the curriculum-aligned Australian Good Meat Education teaching resources rolled out to participating schools in the lead up to Beef2024, plus see the addition of teacher focused webinars that will provide the tools required to deliver industry focused lessons in the classroom. 

“We look forward to delivering yet another successful School’s Program in 2024 and encourage all schools with an interest in ag or not, to consider participating in this educational and insightful program”.

Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the beef industry is a massive economic driver for the state.

“That means it has a wide range of secure careers that Queensland students can aspire to”, Mr Furner said.

“This industry has meant good jobs for Queenslanders for well over a century, and its continued growth means more good jobs in the future for the students of today”.

Suncorp Bank Executive Manager Agriculture and Regional, Aliesha Christensen said the program was critical to supporting continued education for the next generation of the beef industry.

“We’re really thrilled to be part of the Beef Australia School’s Program”, Ms Christensen said.

“We’ve been supporting Queensland’s primary producers for more than 120 years and know that programs such as this help to increase knowledge, not only in the industry but across our whole community which is so important”.

MLA Managing Director Jason Strong said that the Australian Good Meat Education website offers an extensive range of resources for primary and high schools alike.

“Supporting the Suncorp Bank School’s Program provides an excellent opportunity to engage teachers with these resources and provide them with classroom-ready, cross-curricular learning tools”, Mr Strong said.

“The resources provide users with the most up-to-date information in context of the Australian beef industry, and have been designed by teachers, for teachers to meet today’s educational needs.

“MLA is very excited to be a supporting sponsor of the Suncorp Bank School’s Program working in partnership to build students’ knowledge of our industry, the nutritional benefits of our great Aussie beef, and inspire students to consider the industry as a future career pathway”.

Registrations are open now for the Suncorp Bank School’s Program supported by MLA Australian Good Meat Education.

For further information and to register, please visit or contact Beef Australia at

Beef Australia is proudly presented by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government.


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