Education programs

Education and training is a vital component of ensuring the longevity of the Australian pork industry, starting in kindergarten through to tertiary education and post graduate studies.


The pork industry uses its education initiatives to encourage consumers to eat Australian pork, understand where pork comes from and how to cook it. The industry also acknowledges that it is vitally important we get the right workers and researchers into the industry to ensure it is sustainable.

Schools program

Australian Pork Limited’s (APL) ‘Pigs in Schools’ education program focuses on all aspects of pig production. The aim is to educate young people about pigs, the environment in which pigs are grown and produced, and the ways pork is processed and prepared for eating.

The resources are freely available to teachers throughout Australia. More information on school programs for the pig industry can be found within APL’s Education Toolkit.


Celebrity chef Ed Halmagyi (also known as Fast Ed) and APL’s Manager, Technology Adoption & Industry Capability, Ashley Norval.

University students

APL supports tertiary education students to establish and shape their research careers or to get experience within the Australian pork industry through undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships.

APL also funds our supported students to attend the Australasian Pig Science Association, the Pan Pacific Pork Expo, and the Victorian Pig Fair. This allows our students to immerse themselves within the pork industry and research communities.

There are a number of industry scholarships targeted at university students:

  • Undergraduate industry scholarship
  • Ron Pollard Undergraduate Scholarship award
  • Undergraduate honours scholarship
  • Post-graduate scholarship.

For more information on these programmes visit APL’s industry scholarship page.


APL General Manager Policy, Deb Kerr and the 2016 Ron Pollard Memorial Scholarship winner, Yvonne Lau.

Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture

APL is proud to be a sponsor of Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture this event organised by the Department of Agriculture. The awards are a great opportunity to strongly enhance networks within the Australian pork industry and to further develop young people in science careers. To find out more about the awards and past award recipients visit the ABARES Science Awards webpage.


2017 winner Dr Stephan Tait and APL CEO, Andrew Spencer.


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