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Primary content

Read about how we attract, transition and retain people in the Australian dairy workforce.

  • Attracting and retaining people

    Attracting and retaining people


    To support employers to make the dairy industry a desirable workplace and address the quality and availability of a skilled workforce across the dairy industry.

    3 year plan focus

    • Regional workforce support to continue.
    • Employment made Easy (eMe)web portal implementation continues and development of Employee Manager program.
    • Promotion of careers opportunities of the pre and post-farm gate sector to secondary students will continue.

  • Transitioning people in dairy

    Transitioning people in dairy


    Provide dairy farmers with clear information, tools, support and education to develop a plan for the appropriate life stage.

    3 year plan focus

    • Stepping Stones Information pack and support on the pathways available for those looking to start a career on a dairy farm, or for experienced people who want to progress their dairy career.
    • Stepping Up Tools and support for experienced dairy farm employees who are planning to move into Share Farming, Leasing or an Equity Partnership.
    • Stepping BackĀ“ Tools and support for farmers who want to reduce or cease their role in active farming.
    • Alignment with Young Dairy Networks.


Market need/context

Building the next generation and making the dairy industry a desirable and rewarding place to work.

Promoting and creating the opportunity for careers and wealth creation in dairy farming.

Supporting young dairy farmers to network with each other and build the skills they need.

General approach/strategy

Raising awareness and promotion of dairy industry career paths, enhancing the experience of people who work on a dairy farm, supporting dairy farms with compliance of regulatory requirements will be long term benefits for the dairy industry. The programs aim for increased capacity for the dairy regions to address people issues and better access to capability on farm by attracting and retaining labour.

Key initiatives:

Cows Create Careers farm module to 211 schools / Cows Create Careers Camembert in the classroom to 119 schools

  • The provision of regional workforce HR support including
  • The People in Dairy website and resources, the Employment Starter Kit initiative (ESKi) and Employment Made Easy (eMe) and Employee Manager.
  • Dairy Manufacturing Scholarships
  • Stepping Up, Stepping back resources and workshops delivered nationally, this will include connecting Cows Create Careers students to eMe and career pathway programs and the delivery of Share Farmer/Leasing workshops

Regional activities will be a collaboration between Dairy Australia, Regional Development Programs and the NCDE alliance partners. Other Initiatives are delivered by DIAL or within the NCDE alliance partners.

The engagement with agricultural science programs at secondary school level will ensure a sustainable and well supported dairy industry and secure a greatly coveted space for the dairy industry in school curriculum.

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making.


DairyBase is a web-based tool that enables dairy farmers to measure and compare their farm business performance over time.

More Initiatives