National People Development: Membership of PIEFA to support and encourage the teaching and learning in Australian schools of information related to the Australian Fishing Industry

Project Number:



Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)

Principal Investigator:

Ben Stockwin

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FRDC Expenditure:



Communities, Environment, People


The disconnect between Australia's population and the production of our food and fibre is ever increasing. In a PIEFA survey it was revealed that 75% of students believed cotton was and animal product, 25% believed yoghurt was a vegetable product while only 27% of students were able to identify Salmon as a farmed product. In addition, 40% believed primary production (including fishing) damaged the environment, 43% of students did not link science to production and 55% did not believe the industry was innovative. Only 26% of teachers surveyed said that they were unfamiliar with any issues related to the fishing industry. Despite this 100% of primary school teachers and 91% of secondary teachers believed it was important to teach students about food and fibre production. Therefore it is critical that FRDC support a whole of industry programme that supports teachers to embed food and fibre resources within their teaching and learning.


1. (a) provide national leadership and coordination of initiatives to encourage Primary Industries education in Schools through a partnership between industry, government and educators;(b) commission, co-ordinate, facilitate and manage national projects to encourage Primary Industries education in Schools;(c) provide a source of credible, objective and educational resources for Schools to maintain and improve community confidence in Australia’s Primary Industries;(d) communicate Primary Industries research and development outcomes in a format accessible for Schools and encourage interest within Schools in Primary Industries related careers; and(e) operate and administer a scholarship fund for the provision of scholarships, bursaries and prizes to encourage and further primary industries education.

2. Develop, promote and extend specific resources for the Australian Fishing industry with a focus upon sustainability, science and innovative practices.