Skip to content
Agriculture Farming Rural, Education Training

WA communities to host Rabobank’s farm financial skills workshops

Rabobank 3 mins read
Rabobank regional manager Western Australia Steve Kelly

Western Australian primary producers have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, free of charge, at a series of Rabo Client Council workshops designed to help provide the financial skills essential to managing an agricultural enterprise.


The communities of Scaddan, Munglinup, Dowerin and Bunbury will host the practical Financial Skills Workshops – providing farmers with an opportunity to both upskill and network – in mid-March.


The initiative has been spearheaded and funded by food and agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank’s Rabo Client Council, a group of the bank’s farming clients who volunteer their time implementing programs that contribute to the sustainability of rural and regional communities.


Offered free of charge to participants, the interactive workshops provide practical, hands-on advice for understanding financial statements and banking requirements and explore topics such as taxation versus management accounting, essential business management ratios and understanding key components of a business’s financial profile.


Western Australia Rabo Client Council member and Neridup-based mixed grain and sheep farmer, Megan McDowall said financial skills “are an extremely useful part of the skills toolkit for farmers and future farmers”.


“The workshops will give an introduction to financial statements including profit and loss, balance sheets and cash flow,” Ms McDowall said. “During this series of workshops, participants will gain an understanding of how to read, interpret and use these reports for farming businesses.”


Ms McDowall said the workshop content will build on this understanding by taking an enterprise-focused approach, separately looking at grains and livestock enterprises. “Participants will consider cash flow implications of a variety of enterprise choices. And also focus on preparing annual cash flow budgets,” she said.


“There will also be a focus on understanding how your bank assesses a loan, and some good tips for managing this process in a professional manner.”


Rabobank regional manager Western Australia Steve Kelly said farmers who had attended previous Rabobank Financial Skills Workshops have told the bank the knowledge provided is valuable – “useful information they can walk away with and apply in their operations”.


Mr Kelly said for primary producers, having a better understanding of their enterprise when approaching financiers can also help when applying for any additional finance requirements or to fund a new initiative.


“Since launching these workshops in 2018, the Rabo Client Councils have presented this learning opportunity to more than 3,300 farmers across Australia and New Zealand,” he said.


“If you’re interested in attending these workshops, keen to meet other producers in the agri sector and increase your financial literacy and skills – confirm your place before the courses are fully allocated.”


The workshops – which will be limited to 30 participants each and are not restricted to the bank’s clients – will be presented by director of Hudson Facilitation, Tony Hudson.


Workshop dates and locations are:

  • Monday, 11 March 2024 – 8:30am – 3:00pm – Scaddan (Module 1)
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2024 – 8:30am – 3:00pm – Munglinup (Module 1)
  • Thursday, 14 March 2024 – 8.30am – 3.00pm – Dowerin (Module 1)
  • Friday, 15 March 2024 – 9.00am – 4.00pm – Bunbury (Module 2)


To register to participate, please click here 

Morning tea and lunch catering will be provided.







Media contacts:

Denise Shaw                                                    Will Banks     

Media Relations                                               Media Relations

Rabobank Australia & New Zealand               Rabobank Australia  

Phone:  02 8115 2744 or 0439 603 525          Phone: 0418 216 103           

Email:  Email:

About us:


Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group is a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 120 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 38 countries, servicing the needs of more than nine million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1000 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group is one of Australasia’s leading agricultural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the region’s food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 90 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand.


More from this category

  • Business Company News, Education Training
  • 12/04/2024
  • 15:30
Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia

ITECA Board Chair Appointment – Business Leader, Mark McKenzie

The peak body representing independent skills training, higher education, and international education providers, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has a new independent…

  • Contains:
  • Agriculture Farming Rural, Energy
  • 12/04/2024
  • 11:55
Farmers for Climate Action

Farmers welcome positive CSIRO renewables survey, more to do

Thursday, 11 April, 2024 82 per cent of 6700 Australians surveyed said they’d live near renewable energy generation Top priority for the energy shift: Affordability (41 per cent), reducing climate pollution (26%) and energy independence for Australia (18 per cent) Dyer recommendations must be implemented urgently Farmers for Climate Action CEO Natalie Collard has welcomed the positive results from CSIRO’s renewable energy survey and called for the Dyer Review recommendations into renewable energy in regional Australia to be delivered ASAP. “It’s great to see 82 per cent of Australians say they’d live near renewable energy generation,” Ms Collard said. “Among…

  • Education Training, Environment
  • 12/04/2024
  • 10:54
National Tertiary Education Union

Charles Darwin University must stop attacks on academic freedom

The National Tertiary Education Union has urged Charles Darwin University’s vice-chancellor to drop his attack on academic freedom. Scott Bowman has asked a Senate inquiry into the controversial proposed development of the Middle Arm precinct on Darwin harbour not to publish two submissions from CDU academics. The academics were responding to an official CDU submission supporting the project made without consulting staff or students. In a letter published by the inquiry, Professor Bowman asked the committee not to publish a joint submission by two academics and to redact parts of a second submission by a professor of nursing and outgoing…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.