Mushroom industry knowledge training project


The Australian mushroom industry was experiencing difficulty in finding and retaining sufficient committed and capable staff with the knowledge and skills to manage the various aspects of the mushroom growing process. With forecasted industry expansion, it was expected that labour and skills shortages would become more limiting.

The three-year Mushroom industry knowledge training project incorporated industry-specific training courses to address the needs of the industry beyond entry level training that were provided at the time.


The training courseswere structured and delivered to provide the skills, confidence and network support to enable participants to deliver outcomes at farm level on a consistent basis.

During the year, the project offered courses delivered by experienced trainers from the Netherlands, as well as workshops, webinars and further development of e-learning and wall charts, content on pest and disease training, farm hygiene and safe and effective pesticide use.


The delivery of courses on a regular basis had been designed to provide the industry with an increasing pool of suitably trained people to support continued growth. The later steps of the program were to continue resource development and refining delivery options to further increase industry participation.

Project Details

Project Details

Project name: Mushroom Industry Knowledge Training Project
Project number: MU

John Vatikiotis

T 02 8295 2384
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Funding Statement

This project has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the Mushroom levy and funds from the Australian Government.

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