AGB533 Agribusiness Management (8)

This is a comprehensive subject aimed at introducing the principles and practice of business management with particular emphasis on financial management of small agribusinesses. Major topics of study include: management concepts; understanding financial statements, evaluating past performance planning ahead; financing the business; the taxation system in Australia; investment appraisal and business structure. The subject material is applied to businesses involved in the equine sector, agriculture, viticulture and issues in farm forestry.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: AGB533. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolling in Post Graduate Courses including Articulated Sets of Courses, Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Masters.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the concept of management and management activities;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the particular problems of small business management
  • be able to prepare, analyse and interpret financial statements in an agribusiness context
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of and apply business planning procedures and investment analysis to long-term investments
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of business finance, sources of finance and financial planning
  • be able to show an appreciation of and account for the taxation procedures that apply to small business
  • be able to demonstrate comprehension of the forms of business structure available to small business and explain their advantages and disadvantages


This subject will cover the following topics:

- concepts of management and financial management in small agribusiness;
- financial statements and the evaluation of past performance;
- planning ahead: an overview of budgeting; preparing budgets;
- financing the business; sources of finance; planning the financial structure of the business;
- income taxation and GST in Australia,
- using discounted cash flow and other techniques to evaluate investment projects,
- business structure.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of AGB533 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Financial statements part a
Online quiz
Financial statements part b
Client management report - financial analysis
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.