Primary Industries Education Foundation

October newsletter

PIEF has released its October 2014 newsletter ... read more.

Expressions of Interest - Primezone Partner Schools 2015

The Federal Department of Education has partnered with the Primary Industries Education Foundation to implement the program 'Agriculture in Education'. One of the key elements of this program is the appointment of 13 'Primezone Partner Schools' (two in WA, SA, Vic, NSW, Qld and one in each of ACT and the NT) to operate as centres of excellence to support food and fibre education broadly and the Agriculture in Education program specifically.

PIEF is calling for expressions of interest from schools and their communities to be part of this trial of Primezone Partner schools.

In addition to the responses to the selection criteria, final decisions will be made to ensure there is an equitable spread of schools from urban/regional/rural locations as well as from primary and secondary schools.

Expressions of interest open on Friday the 31st of October and close on Friday the 21st of November 2014.

Schools will be appointed 'Primezone Partner Schools' for the duration of the 2015 school year.

NOTE: Hagley Farm School in Tasmania has been directly selected as a 'pilot school' for 2015. It is intended to appoint a new Tasmanian school for the 2016 school year.

For more information please email PIEF CEO Ben Stockwin at

Download EOI selection criteria

PIEF's lead role in national Environmental Educators conference

PIEF is taking a lead role in the 2014 Association of Australian Environmental Educators conference to be held in Hobart from 2 to 5 November. PIEF research indicates the misperception that many teachers and students believe that farming damages the environment and they do not link primary production with sustainability. PIEF will be on the front foot by showcasing many wonderful examples of sustainability in action and resources that embed sustainable production in the curriculum. Conference information is available here.

PIEF's strategic plan 2013 - 2016

PIEF's strategic plan for 2013 to 2016 is now available ... read more.

PIPS toolkit

PIEF has developed the Primary Industries Partnerships in Schools (PIPS) toolkit to build links between agribusiness and school classrooms and open up a wide range of career opportunities in Australia's primary industries ... go to PIPS toolkit.

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Worrying levels of knowledge about agriculture in schools

A survey released by PIEF shows that student and teacher knowledge of food and fibre production has declined to worrying levels. It reveals that 75 per cent of students thought cotton socks were an animal product and 45 per cent could not identify that everyday lunchbox items such as a banana, bread and cheese originated from farms. The survey is a wake-up call to government says PIEF's Chair, Dr Cameron Archer.

... read media release, read survey. The survey was undertaken for PIEF by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) ... read ACER newsletter re the survey.

PIEF acknowledges DAFF, Woolworths and PIEF members Meat and Livestock Australia, Forest and Wood Products Australia, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Australian Egg Corporation Limited and Cotton Australia as supporters of the survey.



Our website is a one-stop web portal of primary industries resources for schools and the community. The site is searchable by the Australian Curriculum subject areas. We welcome feedback and information about resources that teachers are using and recommend to others. We are keen to promote news and events related to primary industries education via our website.

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