Jun 17, 2016
Representatives from Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) embarked on a series of national roadshows beginning in Tasmania on 4 May, in partnership with state dairy farming members.
Comprised of a series of farmer focused forums across the course of 2016, the roadshow offers farmers the opportunity to engage with national and state
dairy member representatives on the issues most important to them and their region.
The roadshow is also an opportunity to get up to speed on progress and developments which have occurred over the past year, as well as talking through
the industry’s election priorities for 2016.
ADF Senior Policy Manager, David Losberg said the regional forums would provide farmers with the opportunity to discuss the issues of critical importance
to their region.
“Our industry is experiencing unprecedented challenges at present and we want our members and the public to engage with us, and ensure their interests
are effectively represented. Our aim for these forums is to help provide clarity on the policy support mechanisms secured on farmers’ behalf and facilitate
opportunities to make recommendations for future improvements.”
“Now more than ever it’s important that our farmers know who is representing their interests, and that we are tirelessly working on your behalf with minimal
resources to gain the results farmers need to be successful in businesses and provide succession opportunities.”
Since May, ADF has visited dairy regions in Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation President, Brian Tessmann said
the forums were a valuable opportunity for members to air their thoughts and express their needs to the people who represent them.
“The ADF Roadshows are always useful and insightful for our Queensland farmer members. The most recent events in Warwick and Maleny were extremely timely
and helpful for our members who had a number of national industry questions given the situation down south.”
“It is important that we continue to work closely with ADF to continue getting results for our members at a national level and events such as these ensure that ADF have the opportunity to hear directly from Queensland farmers.”
The next roadshow forum takes place in Western Australia on 26 July. For more information on the roadshow schedule or any other details please contact Shona McPherson, ADF Media Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 0447 293 844.
Representatives from ADF and QDO speak with farmers at the Maleny Dairy event in June.
Apr 14, 2016
Implementing formal occupational health and safety plans on farm is not just the right thing to do, it can also benefit businesses, guests heard at the Australian Dairy Industry Council’s (ADIC) Business Breakfast in April.
Addressing an audience of dairy farmers, manufacturers and industry leaders at the event themed ‘Protecting what matters: ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our workforce’,
an expert panel explored the opportunities for dairy to improve its workforce safety and well-being.
The panel included Dairy Australia’s Program Manager for Industry Workforce Planning and Action, Bill Youl, Worksafe Victoria’s Bruce Gibson, Lion’s Leader for Safety and Well-being Josh Norton, Field Services Manager at Fonterra Robyn Mitchard and Director of the National Centre for Farmer Health, Dr Susan Brumby. Mr Youl observed that, as well as being the right things to do, safeguarding the workforce makes sense for farm profitability.
“A safe work environment will ensure accidents are minimised, productivity is enhanced and the full benefits of farm and manufacturing facilities realised. Our physical and mental well-being is intrinsically linked to our industry’s success,” Mr Youl said.
ADIC Chair, Simone Jolliffe encouraged the industry representatives in the room to take leadership and drive a culture shift to safeguard the sustainability of the industry’s workforce.
“Dairy farms are not typical workplaces. There are many potential risks, and stressful situations – particularly because we are often operating in a family environment, where there is the added pressure of the day-to-day challenges of running a small business,” Mrs Jolliffe said.
“Dairy Australia is already working with state safety regulators and dairy manufacturers to provide farmers with the tools and training they need to operate safely. As an industry we need to work more collaboratively to ensure uptake and implementation, to move the workforce from ‘knowing’ to ‘doing’.”
The Dairy Industry’s Sustainability Framework has set targets for the industry to achieve by 2020. One of the targets is 100% of on-farm and manufacturing workers to have completed Occupational Health & Safety training by 2020. A further target is zero workplace fatalities. Mrs Jolliffe said the industry is falling behind on both accounts.
“Tragically there have already been two confirmed workplace fatalities in our industry this year. Workplace injuries have also risen. Across Australia, one in five people suffering with mental health challenges. This is not acceptable. We need to lead the industry in prioritising health, safety and well-being – for the benefit of our industry.”
The ADIC made a commitment at the breakfast to drive change across the industry through improved collaboration between service providers, processors and industry representative bodies. For information about occupational health, safety and well-being see www.thepeopleindairy.org.au
The expert panel from left to right, Bruce Gibson, Susan Brumby, Josh Norton, John Versteden, Robyn Mitchard and Bill Youl.
Apr 04, 2016
2016 is proving to be a challenging year for dairy farmers. Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) recently visited members in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia, and across the country farmers are confronted with low milk prices, increased input costs, and dry weather conditions.
This continued volatility is a reminder of how dependent farming is on a lot of things which are outside our control.
Mar 10, 2016
Looking for a way to build your leadership capabilities in preparation for further involvement with the industry, and your community? The Emerging Dairy Leaders Program (EDLP) could be the perfect opportunity for you.
The recently announced EDLP provides an outstanding opportunity for potential and current leaders across the sector to build their leadership skills and
capacity to contribute to development of the Australian dairy community.
Australian Dairy Farmers and Dairy Australia have established the program to invest in the development of the industry’s people by further expanding on existing leadership programs available.
The program will run over the course of a year, commencing April 26 and concluding April 2017 in Adelaide. The aim of the EDLP is to help emerging leaders
to better understand themselves and others and therefore how to improve their communication skills and teamwork.
The program will feature a variety of learning and networking opportunities—including exposure to leaders and experts as well as challenging assignments.
This provides a rich development experience with long-lasting practical outcomes for participants and the community.
Participants in the program will earn a Diploma of Agribusiness Management from the National Centre for Dairy Education/TAFESA using a variety of learning tools such as online self-paced study, webinars, peer discussion, workplace and mentor discussions. The EDLP participants will also be eligible to take part in the Developing Dairy Leaders Program afterward if interested.
All costs associated with education enrollment, travel, accommodation and meals while away from home will be covered by the program.
To apply or for further information head to the People in Dairy website or contract Program Coordinator,
Karen Conrad via 0488 099 891. Applications open on Thursday 10 March 2016 and close on Monday 28 March 2016.