Western Australian College Of Agriculture - Morawa (4203)

School Overview

Western Australian College of Agriculture - Morawa has a catchment area that covers most of the State. Most of our students are from regions north of the metropolitan area, some from as far north as Tom Price, Port Hedland and even Kununurra. The majority of our students have an interest in broad acre cropping and animal husbandry as well as trades related to the automotive and construction industries. Students also matriculate from this college to Curtin University Muresk campus.

The history of Western Australian College of Agriculture - Morawa really began in 1978 when the first residential students sought specialist agricultural education at Morawa. These students lived in the quarters originally occupied by the single men working on the iron ore mine nearby. By day the students worked and studied on the 200 Ha farm which is where most of the buildings now stand.

In 1984, the Education Department declared the farm an Agricultural Wing, and with two further land purchases brought the farms total area to 2875 Ha.

In 1995 permission was granted for a name change to Morawa Agricultural College and with that came the creation of separate college finances and operational procedures.

In 1999 Western Australian College of Agriculture - Morawa was formed through the amalgamation of the five existing agricultural colleges. At the same time, Morawa was validated to act as a Registered Training Organisation for the delivery of Nationally Recognised Certificate courses.

The majority of our student's learning experiences are linked to a commercial farming operation. The college farm has a total area of 3244 Ha and has a full program of enterprises including sheep, pigs, cattle (including a Gelbvieh Stud), emus and broad acre cropping. As well as various machinery and storage sheds, there is a modern abattoir, cattle feedlot and piggery.

Since 1995, with the closure of the Chapman Research Station, Agriculture WA has used the College farm for ongoing programs of cropping trials and demonstrated crops, with students monitoring results.

In recent years the college has had great success with its 'Gelbvieh' Cattle Stud, with 'Mowag Astill' voted Junior Supreme All Breeds Champion Bull at the 1998 Perth Royal Show. Showing of stud cattle is an annual event with both cows and bulls experiencing success in their individual sections as well as competing in All Breed championships.

The college also has three full-time and three part-time Residential Supervisors. Other staff includes two full-time cooks and two kitchen-hands as well as cleaners and garden staff.

The college has a residential hostel that was completed in 1993 and houses up to 67 students in the air-conditioned comfort of individual rooms. Some rooms even have en-suite bathrooms. The range of recreational facilities at the hostel includes tennis, basketball, pool, table tennis as well as access to local sporting groups and clubs.

The college has input into its decision making process from a range of sources. These include:

College Council,
Student Council,
Staff Association,
Agricultural Advisory Board and

All members of the college community promote the values of Learning, Excellence, Equity and Care to;

* ensure all students develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve their individual potential and contribute to society.
* to provide opportunities for students to develop knowledge, skills, values and understandings within the context of rural industries.
* to provide opportunities for students to achieve nationally recognised vocational qualifications and Secondary Graduation.
* to provide opportunities that assist students to access employment or further education.