Investors are the lifeblood of our organisation. Returning scholars will add significant value to the initial financial investment made by an investor over the subsequent years. Our investors are listed below.


AACo is a world-leading provider of beef and agricultural products. It owns and operates a balance of properties, feedlots and farms comprising around seven million hectares of land, equating to roughly 1% of Australia’s land mass. AACo was established in 1824, the oldest continuously operating company in Australia.

Agrifutures Australia

AgriFutures Australia is the new trading name for Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC). It invests in research, leadership, innovation and learning to support industries that do not have their own research and development function and new and emerging industries.

Animal Health Australia

Animal Health Australia is the trusted and independent national animal health body in Australia, bringing together government and industry to deliver animal health and biosecurity. Together with members, they are working for a national biosecurity system that provides every opportunity for Australian agriculture to succeed at home and overseas.

ANZ Bank

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, commonly called ANZ, is the fourth largest bank by market capitalisation in Australia and offers a range of personal accounts and services including credit cards, personal loans, insurance, home loans and foreign exchange.


Australian Wool Innovation

Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI), the owner of The Woolmark Company, is a not-for-profit company that invests in research, development and marketing for the Australian wool industry.


CBH Group

The CBH Group is one of Australia’s leading grain organisations, a co-operative with operations extending along the value chain from grain storage, handling and transport to marketing, shipping and processing.


Consolidated Pastoral Company

Consolidated Pastoral Company is an Australian managed, majority foreign owned Agrifood business with an enterprise value in excess of $850 million. It owns and operates 16 cattle stations with a carrying capacity of 400,000 head of cattle across 5.5m hectares of land.


Cotton Research and Development Corporation

CRDC invests in and manages research, development and extension projects for the Australian cotton industry.


Cotton Australia

Cotton Australia is the peak body for Australia’s cotton growing industry, supporting over 1500 cotton farming families in NSW and Queensland.


CSBP has been supplying fertiliser and nutritional services to Western Australia’s agricultural industry for over 100 years. CSBP has a proud history of supporting a range of groups as part of its ongoing commitment to the sustainability of WA agriculture and the vitality of local communities.


Elders has been a leading agribusiness in rural Australia since 1839 with a focus on helping people find success with their agricultural business.

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is a co-funded partnership between its two stakeholders, the Australian Government and the fishing industry. It was formed as a statutory corporation on 2nd July 1991 and is responsible to the Minister for Agriculture.


Gardiner Dairy Foundation

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is a proactive investor in projects that have significant impact for the Victorian dairy industry and the wider community.


Grains Research and Development Corporation

The Grains Research & Development Corporation is one of the world’s leading grains research organisations, responsible for planning, investing and overseeing research and development, delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry.


Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation is a not-for-profit, grower-owned Research and Development Corporation (RDC) for Australia’s $9.5 billion horticulture industry.

Meat & Livestock Australia

Meat & Livestock Australia Limited (MLA) delivers marketing and research and development services for Australia’s cattle, sheep and goat producers.


The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), a division of the New South Wales Government, is responsible for the administration and development for agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, state forests, biosecurity, and crown lands in NSW.


NT Government

The Northern Territory Parliament is one of the three unicameral parliaments in the country. Based on the Westminster System, it consists of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly which was created in 1974, replacing the Northern Territory Legislative Council.

Plant Health Australia

Plant Health Australia is the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity in Australia. The purpose of PHA is for government and industry to have a strong biosecurity partnership that minimises pest impacts on Australia, enhances market access and contributes to industry and community sustainability.



As one of the world’s most recognised financial institutions, Rabobank has more than 1,600 branches and offices in 48 countries employing more than 59,000 people and servicing 9.5 million clients worldwide.



The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RASF) was created in 2007 with a mission to support the development of sustainable and resilient regional and rural communities across NSW. Together with generous donations from supporters, the RASF provides community grants and educational scholarships to promote individual and community growth.


S. Kidman & Co

Founded in 1899 by Sir Sidney Kidman and continuing as a family owned company, the Kidman beef interests span 15 pastoral leases of approximately 80,000 square kilometres in three states and the Northern Territory. Kidman cattle stations produce grass-fed beef for export to Japan, the USA and South East Asia.

William Buckland Foundation

The William Buckland Foundation provides funding to support activities, organisations and project which focus on the health and wellbeing, particularly children and young people, scientific and educational activities, particularly agriculture to create lasting benefit for the Victorian community.


Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation

The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation was established to benefit organisations or institutions involved in the medical research into diseases, and the alleviation of hardship of the aged and the sick. It also provides scholarship funding in areas such as agriculture.

Wine Australia

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority, which trades as Wine Australia, supports a competitive wine sector by investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), protecting the reputation of Australian wine and growing domestic and international markets through marketing and promotional activities.


As a major player in Australia's fresh food supply chain, Woolworths is proud to support initiatives that help drive innovation and bring new ways of thinking into the agricultural sector. We have been partners of Nuffield for over a decade and continue to see our investment adding value not only to the individuals that take part in the program but also beyond for the betterment of the wider industry.

Yulgilbar Foundation

The Yulgilbar Foundation is a family run Private Ancillary Fund and their area of focus is rural, regional and remote Australia and more specifically, on education, environment, capacity building and Alzheimer’s research.


Other Investors:

agCOMMANDER has been built from the ground up to fit small family farming operations and fully scalable to take care of the needs of the world’s largest farming enterprises. They have built customs farm management systems for clients operating the world’s largest operations in their sector.

Australian Dairy Conference

The Australian Dairy Conference was initiated by a group of leading dairy farmers, scientists and industry representatives from around Australia. The aim is to be the premier dairy event that inspires the industry, giving it pride in its achievements and generating optimism in its future.


Blundstone is a 100 per cent Tasmanian private company founded in 1870. Despite growing to become one of the world’s most recognisable boot brands, the company retains its family values and has the capacity to manufacture 400,000 pairs of gumboots a year.


Nufarm has been based in Australia for more than 60 years and has worked alongside Australians to provide a wide range of top quality crop protection products.


Primary Producers SA (PPSA) is a coalition of peak bodies representing primary producers in South Australia. It has a vision for a strong, viable primary production sector in South Australia, which is valued by government and the community.

Robert Gatenby Memorial Trust

Robert Gatenby was an innovative Tasmanian farmer and horticulturalist before his early death in 1992. Robert Gatenby’s estate, along with friends and associates, determined that a trust should be established to fund the development of talent in the Tasmanian agricultural sector.

Rural Bank

Rural Bank assists anyone who wants good value banking that’s simple to use. Their sole focus is to provide products and expertise to help clients take control of their money, stay on top of challenges and grab opportunities.

Tasmanian Alkaloids

Tasmanian Alkaloids is a fully-integrated manufacturer of controlled substances providing medicinal opiates from patented poppy varieties grown on Tasmanian farms. The business is committed to the highest quality standards, good manufacturing practice and reliable supply of products.

Westpac Agribusiness

For nearly 200 years, Westpac Agribusiness has shared a long and rich history and association with rural, remote and regional communities of Australia. It is committed to sharing the journey with the industry and ensuring they are strongly supported and positioned for growth now and into the future.


The Family of the late Lorna and Bert Kelly