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Education and innovation are critical to the Australian dairy industry and a major strategic priority as we transition towards more sustainable agricultural models.

Dairy Education and Careers

Education and innovation are critical to the Australian dairy industry and a major strategic priority as we transition towards more sustainable agricultural models.

Dairy Australia is committed to the promotion of world class education and extension programs to enable the development of a highly skilled workforce and to build our industry capability.

For a comprehensive outline of of dairy education programs and courses click here

To find the latest DA programs and events in your region click here

For Stepping Stones Career Planner click here

For Keeping Ahead program details click here. For online applications click here or for a hard copy application click here.

Developing Dairy Leaders Program 2018

June 25-29 (Melbourne) and August 21-24 (Canberra)

Good leadership is critical for the future success of the dairy industry. The Developing Dairy Leaders Program is for dairy leaders who wish to further develop their leadership capability at a state or national level. Participants will build networks and skills that will allow them to support others and move the industry forward.

Past participants of the Developing Dairy Leaders Program include Regional Development Program directors, State Farmer Organization Representatives and Advisors on strategy, policy and innovation across industry, government, commercial and community sectors. 

“I encourage the next generation of leaders to seize this opportunity, and help build the future of the Australian dairy industry.” Jeff Odgers, Chair, Dairy Australia

The Developing Dairy Leaders Program is delivered by Marcus Oldham College and supported by Dairy Australia and Australian Dairy Farmers. 

To apply, complete this online application which includes providing your resume and contact details of 2 referees. Please note, the deadline for applications has been extended to 9AM Monday June 4, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate? 
People who have a commitment to the dairy industry and who have some experience in leadership roles within their community or the wider dairy industry. People who are currently active in the dairy industry and wish to represent their industry at a state or national level. Prior experience could include chairing community organizations, representing dairy company supplier groups, leading dairy discussion groups, contributing to dairy RD&E advisory panels and steering committees, representing state dairy farmer organizations. Formal and informal training will also be considered. 

What’s the time commitment required?
There are 2 residential components to the program: June 25-29 (Melbourne) and August 21-24 (Canberra).

What does the program involve? 
Developing Dairy Leaders has been developed by Marcus Oldham College in consultation with Dairy Australia and Australian Dairy Farmers. The Program includes interactive workshops, presentations, networking events, keynote speakers and a research investigation. Participants will meet with leaders from within and outside the dairy industry, across government and private sectors. 

Melbourne workshop topics include:

  • What is leadership? How can you become an effective leader?
  • Understanding self, personal management and wellbeing
  • Key issues affecting business, community, industry
  • Operating environment in the dairy industry
  • Building effective teams
  • Negotiating skills
  • Governance
  • Policy development
  • Communication and the media
  • Networking
  • Advocacy and influencing.

Canberra activities include 

  • Australian federal politics up close 
  • National advocacy and policy development
  • Access to politicians and advisors. 

What is the selection process?
Please note, the deadline for applications has been extended to 9AM Monday June 4, 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be required to undertake an interview with the selection panel via phone or in person. Applicants will be notified of the final outcome by Friday June 8.

What does it cost? 
Flights, meals, accommodation and course fees are covered by the program. The program is supported by Dairy Australia and Australian Dairy Farmers.

What is expected of participants? 
This program is about becoming a leader in the dairy industry so participants are expected to be self-starters and able to commit the required time and effort. Participants are expected to build a rapport and trust with each other and the program presenters and to use and share their existing their skills and networks, in addition to those developed during the program. Upon completion participants are expected to undertake increased involvement in their local community and the dairy industry. 

Is the program accredited? 
There is no formal accreditation however Developing Dairy Leaders is recognized as the industry’s flagship leadership development program. Formal recognition of learning outcomes may be available after completion.

How can I best prepare for the program? 
Work to understand dairy issues and network with industry and community leaders. Think about the future of dairy, the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and the role you might play to support the industry. Understand your personal strengths and the leadership skills and knowledge that you wish to develop. 

How do I apply?
Complete this online application which includes providing your resume and contact details of 2 referees. Please note, the deadline for applications has been extended to 9AM Monday June 4, 2018..

For more information please contact Belinda Griffiths on 0400042297 or belinda.griffiths@dairyaustralia.com.au

 

Cows Create Careers - Farm Module

Attracting new talent is a key objective for the dairy industry, ensuring we have people with a passion for dairy working in jobs they love.

The Cows Create Careers - Farm Module (CCCF) involving dairy farmers and industry advocates is delivered across the eight dairy regions to over 9,000 secondary school students each year to promote education and careers in the dairy industry.

For the Industry Advocates Presentation click here.

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