ABC News Australia
Ballarat’s Federation TAFE will be the first campus in Australia to deliver nationally accredited training in medicinal cannabis cultivation and production.
- Certificates III in Cannabis Cultivation and Production will be offered, followed by Certificates IV in 2025
- The course is the first of its kind in Australia for the agricultural development of medicinal cannabis
- By 2028 the Victorian medicinal cannabis industry is expected to service between 30-50 per cent of nationwide demand
Medicinal cannabis is growing in popularity as a treatment option for ailments including migraines, cancer-related symptoms, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.
According to the federal government, medicinal cannabis can only be accessed through a medical professional, and those who use it require a standard prescription.
From this year the Ballarat technical college will offer a two-year accreditation, which it says will address workforce development requirements for the future.
Students will learn and be employed while undertaking the qualifications, gaining skills in controlled growing and licensed medicinal cannabis operations.