J.A.Sutherland Award 2015


Graeme Francis HARRIS

Graeme is passionate about Agriculture and Agricultural education and has been a strong advocate for the need for a robust agricultural education sector for Australia’s ongoing development and place in meeting the food and fibre demands of the future.

Some of this advocacy has been as a member of the NSWAAT, having held a number of senior positions within the organization.

A few of his contributions to Agricultural Education are as follows:

    B.Sc.Agr(Educ) UNE – Teaching methods - Junior and Senior Agriculture, Junior Science, Senior Biology - Thesis studied under JA Sutherland.
    Cert of Gifted Education UNSW
    Cert IV Training and Assessment
    Cert IV Chemical Risk Management
    Cert II Agriculture + 17 units toward Cert III Agriculture - Crop production.

    2007 National Trade Teacher of the Year – Agriculture:  Institute for Trade Skills Excellence Nominated by Cotton Australia
    2007 VET in Schools Finalist NSW State Training Awards
    2007 New England North West VET Teacher of Year
    1995 BHP Science Teacher of Year NSW award recipient

Current roles
    Head Teacher Agriculture and Vocational Education at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School.
    Vice President, National Association of Agricultural Educators.
    ACARA: Development of the National Curriculum in Technologies: Advisory Panel 2011-2012, National panel 2012-2015
    Member NSW DEC State Agriculture Advisory Group
    Trainer ChemCert NSW

Past Roles
    President NSW Association of Agriculture Teachers (twice)
    BAAT editor NSWAAT
    Developed first website for NSWAAT
    NSWAAT Conference organiser Tamworth
    Secretary National Association of Agriculture Educators (4 years)
    Member of organising committee 2014 NAAE conference NZ
    Teacher of Agriculture Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School 1979-2007
    Convenor State WorldSkills Comp, 2006, Regional Comp 2005-2008, Author Regional WorldSkills PI competition.
    HSC Marker/ Senior Marker / Supervisor of Marking 2U Agriculture 2003 - present.
    Co-Author: Support Material for current Primary Industries VET Framework Syllabus, BOS
    Contributor to development of Partnership toolbox (PIPS) for Primary Industries Education Foundation
    Member of Advisory Panel for “Prattley Review” of Agricultural Education in NSW on behalf of NSWAAT
    Public Officer and member Tamworth VetNetwork
    Member Tamworth FarmSafe Committee
    Technical member for Agrifood Skills Council Project team for machinery units in AHC Training Package.
    Guest Speaker &/or panelist Agrifood Skills Council conference. 2007, 2008, 2010.
    Reviewer for SCAN internet resources 2007-2009
    GoVet Primary Industries internet content manager 2007-2009

Graeme Harris is an outstanding Agriculture worker and is a worthy recipient of the J A Sutherland Award for his significant contribution to the teaching of Agriculture in NSW and for his contribution to the NSWAAT.

Compiled by Carl Chirgwin.