WRL Deck Program 2023

Development Education Capacity Knowledge Program (DECK) is WRL’s annual program designed to deliver quality professional development  and learning opportunities for industry’s next generation of leaders.

The program’s interactive sessions provide the opportunity for participants to strengthen their knowledge and skills around resource management, representing industry and operating small businesses. The DECK Program also seeks to foster new relationships and networks including through a relaxing dinner held between the two half-day sessions.

Aimed at the industry’s next generation, the DECK Program offers a variety of education sessions and workshops led by subject matter experts from across Australia. The two-day program covers a range of topics including technology, markets, governance, safety, science, and industry management in addition to business-related topics such as financial planning, crew management, and succession planning.

Event FAQ's

Why attend the DECK Program forums?

WRL recognises the need to invest in human resource in our industry. The focus of the DECK Program is to deliver quality professional learning to the western rock lobster sector. We constantly hear from our members, skippers and fishers how there are so many professional development workshops available in agriculture, but that those opportunities are not as abundant, or accessible, to fishers.

The DECK Program addresses this concern by providing a forum series with expert presenters to help the next generation of our industry develop their industry knowledge, skills, capability and networks to continually improve their fishing operations and business management.

As well as professional development, the DECK Program will also provide an opportunity for those in the western rock lobster industry to meet like-minded people up and down the coast, in various types of industry operations, and share ideas, knowledge and interests.

What does it cost to participate?

Nothing! The DECK Program is open and available to anyone in the western rock lobster industry at NO COST.

WRL is willing to provide financial assistance to cover the costs of travel and accommodation to participants who might otherwise find it difficult to attend. We welcome applications from all attendees and strongly encourage you to apply if it would make it easier for you to participate.

Who should participate?

This two-day program is open to all WRL Members, skippers, deckies and commercial fishers of the western rock lobster industry.

The workshop is specially designed for younger participants in the western rock lobster industry who want to strengthen their knowledge and skills around resource management, representing industry and operating small businesses.

What does the DECK Program involve?

The forums run over two days, with a social dinner held between the two half-day sessions for all participants, speakers, WRL Board Members, and senior DPIRD executives. This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with those that you did not get to meet earlier in the day.

This year’s DECK will be held from midday on Wednesday 11th of October until midday Thursday 12th of October in Fremantle.

How to register for the next DECK?

The 2023 DECK Program is now open for registration. There is no cost to participate in the industry DECK Program, however, RSVP is essential due to limited capacity at the venue. Catering during the workshops is included for participants.

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