Dairy Australia - Dairy information for Australian Dairy Farmers and the industry

Primary content

Read about our focus on continued development of industry and workforce strategy and planning.

In This Section

  • Workforce strategy planning and action

    Workforce strategy planning and action


    Analyse and identify gaps and initiate projects to address the dairy Industry's skills ad capability needs.

    3 year plan focus

    • Key focus areas: People Strategy Development, an increased focus on safety through the Safety on Farm initiative.
    • Activities, programs and tools from the Stepping Up/ Stepping Back pilot will progressively be translated into DA programs.
    • Planning to consider key trends: Corporatisation, farm investment requirements, larger farms and the consequential effect on the people and capability requirements for the industry.


Market need/context

The trend towards larger farms and the consequent reliance on more employed labour highlights the continued focus on ensuring the industry has the right people with the right skills and motivation to maximise profitability and grow the industry.

Of significant importance are:

  • an industry wide workforce planning and action strategy
  • regional workforce development plans supported by appropriate capability development
  • the availability of suitable labour
  • mechanisms and support for effective transition of dairy farm businesses to the next generation/ ownership
  • the development of high level farm business management skills
  • establishment of a farm safety culture

General approach/strategy

This program funds, and responds to the directives of, the Dairy Industry People Development Council (DIPDC)

The DIPDC has developed a draft strategy which will be tested and modified following extensive trials with representative pilot projects in regions. Working parties of the DIPDC will be established to guide the initiatives and ensure a balanced approach is taken to the investment. Local steering committees will also be established at an operational level. These committees will scope each pilot to ensure that:

  • Project plans are structured and implemented in a coordinated manner
  • Appropriate resource and support is available for each pilot
  • The outcomes from pilots and modified strategy are integrated into standard practices which can then use to drive further workforce development in the region and industry

Research will also be undertaken into key aspects of the workforce planning and action process in order to inform and guide future project investment.

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