VETiS Primary Industries Competition

People working in primary industries provide vital products and services which influence the daily lives of all members of society. Working in primary industries offers an opportunity to develop a range of skills including technical, personal and organisational skills. Examples of work in the field include operating tractors and other machinery, breeding and caring for livestock; planting, treating and harvesting crops; and building and maintaining farm machinery and infrastructure, such as fences.


  • Enjoy working independently outdoors
  • Have an interest in agriculture and applied science
  • Can work with hand tools
  • Have problem solving skills


The WorldSkills Australia VETiS Primary Industries Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 34 Australian regions. The VETiS Primary Industries Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.

WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next VETiS Primary Industries Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2018 and 2020 are the next National Championship years.

Register your interest to compete in VETiS Primary Industries

Training Package Requirements

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia VETiS Primary Industries Competitions align to the AHC – Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package (Release 2.0).

Regional Competition

Training Package Requirements – Regional Level

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia Regional VETiS Primary Industries competition aligns to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the AHC20116 – Certificate II in Agriculture (Release 3).

  • AHCINF202 – Install maintain and repair farm fencing
  • AHCMOM203 – Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • AHCWHS201 – Participate in work, health and safety processes
  • AHCCHM201 – Apply chemicals under supervision
  • AHCWRK209 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • AHCWRK204 – Work effectively in the industry
  • AHCWRK205 – Participate in workplace communications
  • AHCMOM202 – Operate tractors
  • AHCLSK205 – Handle livestock using basic techniques

Regional Tasks

  • Perform routine tractor checks (pre-start and daily check)
  • Identify mechanical and environmental hazards and operator factors associated with tractor use
  • Identify and sort livestock
  • Identify hazards, risks and control measures associated with animal and manual handling
  • Carry out livestock weighing and condition scoring to enterprise requirements
  • Record livestock weights and condition scores to enterprise requirements
  • Determine dosage and calibrate drench gun and drench livestock
  • Demonstrate various fencing knots and make repairs to a fixed fence
  • Pre- and post-operative equipment checks

Regionals Competition Duration

5 hours – 1 day

National Competition

Training Package Requirements – National Level

The 2018 WorldSkills Australia National VETiS Primary Industries competition aligns to the Units of Competency (Elements of Competency and Performance Criteria) contained in the AHC20116 – Certificate II in Agriculture (Release 3).

In addition to the Regional requirements, the National also includes:

  • AHCINF201 – Carry out basic electric fencing operations
  • AHCPMG201 – Treat weeds
  • AHCWRK201 – Observe & report on weather
  • AHCLSK202 – Care for health and welfare of livestock
  • AHCBAC201 – Assist agricultural crop establishment

National Tasks

  • Tractor operation and use of an implement
  • Carry out tests on soils and make fertiliser recommendations
  • Perform animal husbandry skills with livestock in yards
  • Assess weather conditions
  • Construct an electric fence by following a specific plan
  • Demonstrate how to install, maintain and repair a conventional fence
  • Perform weed control – knowledge of IPM
  • Apply chemicals under supervision
  • Use of technology to improve environmental work practices
  • Participate in a teamwork task

Nationals Competition Duration

18 hours – 3 days

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