The availability and suitability of domestic labour is vital to the further development of the Australian dairy industry. Like many other commodities, dairy faces a skilled labour shortage, and Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) is working hard to improve policy settings and support tools that will help increase the size and capacity of the workforce.
The Employment Starter Kit initiative (ESKi) funded by Dairy Australia and developed in conjunction with ADF, is a tool designed to encourage farmers to access and adopt improved employment practice from Dairy Australia’s “The People in Dairy” website.
Initially prompted by the suggestion of Developing Dairy Leaders Program (DDLP) participant, Nigel Brock and channelled through ADF’s People and Human Capacity Policy Advisory Group, the ESKi was launched in September 2013 ahead of a national rollout in early 2014. With now over 800 ESKis distributed, the initiative has been embraced by farmers and provided a good connection to processor field officers who have been promoting the ESKi to their suppliers and supporting this distribution.
- Support Dairy Australia with the planning, implementation and delivery of key industry programs and initiatives, including Stepping Stones, the Employment Made Easy (EME) website and the Employment Starter Kit initiative (ESKi).
- Support whole of industry efforts to promote dairy as an attractive career.
- Better connect Australian dairy employers with skilled Australian employees and ensure skilled Australian workers are the first choice.