Farming Together UON Partnership

The Farm Cooperatives and Collaboration Program known as 'Farming Together', which is being auspiced out of Southern Cross University, supports strong governance and effective management in the co-operative sector. As a representative of a new or existing incorporated co-operative, you are invited to nominate one or two members of your Farming Together co-op board to participate in this special training program.

This distance education (online) program consists of two postgraduate level courses through the University of Newcastle:

Introduction to Co-operative Management – February 5 until April 27 (2018)

Co-operative Law and Governance – 21 May until 24 August (2018)

The 2 course non-award program provides foundation skills for managing and working in a member-owned enterprise. It covers how to establish, manage and develop a democratically governed enterprise, and how benefits from the enterprise can be provided to members and the community. You will gain a vital understanding of the difference between member-owned co-operatives and the company business model, and gain skills in leading co-operative and mutual social enterprises.

These 2 courses form part of a 4 course Graduate Certificate in Co-operative Management and Organisation, which can form part of a mainstream 12 course MBA. More information about the Graduate Certificate in Co-operative Management and Organisation can be found on the program website.

Farming Together’s co-operative members will be subsidised by the Farming Together program for 90% of the course fees, meaning the Cooperative only pay’s $579.

Enrolments, through the University of Newcastle, must be completed by midnight January 26, 2018. Queries about enrolments can be directed to


Only co-operatives that have submitted registration proof of their formation meeting are eligible to nominate representatives for the course. A registration certificate will be required by Farming Together prior to enrolment.

All applicants must satisfy the minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to the University.

The program is one of the few university level courses that recognises relevant professional experience. Applicants must have either: 5 years professional work experience; OR a Diploma + 1 year’s professional work experience; OR any completed undergraduate (or higher) degree in Australia.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a completed direct admission application form to by midnight Friday January 26, 2018. Applicants must include certified or full colour copies of supporting documentation, as noted on the application form. The application form is available here.

Successful applicants will be notified via email before February 2, 2018.