Through the study of Agricultural Technology in Years 7–10 students develop knowledge, understanding and skills which enable them to contribute positively to their own lifestyle and to the social, economic and environmental future of Australia. This syllabus provides scope for students to explore the many and varied career opportunities in agriculture and its related service industries. It also provides students with an opportunity to experience aspects of an agricultural lifestyle through direct contact with plants and animals and a variety of outside activities.
Agriculture and its associated industries contribute significantly to Australia's economic, social and cultural development and influence Australia's prosperity through investment, employment of skilled workers, consumption of products from other sectors of the economy, and export of raw products and processed goods. The continued viability of Australian agriculture can be strengthened through the careful management of long-term issues relating to the sustainability of agricultural systems including environmental impact and evolving economic and social factors.
The dynamic nature of modern agriculture results from the increasing knowledge and application of current and emerging technologies to the production, processing and marketing of products. An understanding of the relationships between production, processing and consumption enables informed debate about the impact of agricultural practices on society and the environment.
The study of Agricultural Technology develops knowledge and understanding about a range of agricultural practices. It develops the ability to respond to human needs and emerging opportunities. It develops knowledge, understanding and skills in the management of plant and animal enterprises, the technology associated with these enterprises and the marketing of products. The syllabus develops students' ability to solve problems, plan, organise and conduct scientific investigations, research, collect and organise information, work as a member of a team and communicate information to a variety of audiences. Students investigate and discuss the impact of agricultural practices on the basic resources of soil, air and water. The syllabus provides opportunity for students to make responsible decisions about the appropriate use of agricultural technologies.