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People and Workforce Capability Programs

The programs and projects DairyTas runs or supports are listed by the strategic priorities of DairyTas and Dairy Australia.

A number of courses are delivered by our major partners TasTAFE or TIA and are supported by DairyTas with resources and quality assurance.

To view a list of upcoming events, please visit our events calendar.

 

  • Copy Link Employment Starter Kit

    Employment Starter Kit/Employment Basic/Employment Fundamentals Workshop

     

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    Farm owners or managers who are looking to employ staff for the first time
    People who already employ and manage staff that want a refresher on their responsibilities to be compliant
    Someone who is new to using the ESKi
    People employed in the dairy industry that want to better understand their employment rights. This type of session can often be done through YDN

    GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP

    Introduction to the ESKi as a resource and how the content can be applied to individual dairy farm businesses to ensure workforce is managed successfully and reducing risk to the business by being compliant.

    WORKSHOP OUTLINE

    One day workshop (10.30am – 2.30pm) conducted in a classroom with a designated consultant as specified by Dairy Australia that has undertaken dairy industry specific HR/employment training. This workshop is based on the ESKi folder and can be adapted depending on time frame. This course is non-accredited.

    Topics covered in workshop include:

    • Background on the ESKi
    • What’s in the EKSi – understand key principles of the ESKi
    • The Law - Develop an understanding of the non-negotiable aspects of workforce in a dairy business with responsibilities of employer
    • Employing someone:
    • - Introduction to analysis of positions in dairy farm and management structures
    • - Learn to use the template to create a position description
    • - Basic concept of effective and specific advertising
    • - Understand that by LAW employee details must be collected and filed
      - Create an employment contract using the template and have an understanding of other concepts that will need to be developed.
    • - Rosters
    • - Policies
    • - OH&S
    • - Farm tour
    • - Induction
    • - Probationary Period
    • Payroll:
    • - Develop an understanding of the legal requirements of pay rates, penalty rates, leave entitlements and superannuation
    • - Create a process for rostering staff and hours allocation of staff for a four week period
    • - How to collate information to complete for payslip
    • Leave:
    • - Understand the types of leave employees are entitled to
    • IFA - Develop an understanding of the concept of IFA’s and how they can simplify the system
    • Termination - Understand the process manage employee separation legally to reduce risk exposure to a business.  
    • Safety – Participants will understand their responsibilities as employers to ensure Farm Safety is addressed in the workplace to reduce risk to employees.  Will appreciate the benefits of an induction.
    • Pastoral Award
    • Summary

    RESOURCES THAT MAY BE USED


    ESKi Folders
    The People in Dairy Website & templates
    Farm Safety Starter Kit
    Farm Safety Manual

    For further information or to express you interest in participating please contact the DairyTas office on 6432 2233 or email admin@dairytas.net.au

     

     

     

     

  • Copy Link Stepping Back

    Stepping Back – Getting a Game Plan Workshop

     

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    Come along and explore the next steps of transition or family succession. This workshop is designed for farm owners considering reducing their level of active farm involvement and wanting options as to how they move forward. 

    • Farm owners or managers wanting to reduce level of involvement in farm
    • Those wanting to retire from farming or sell
    • Family members of a farm business that want transition out of the business to take place

    GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP

    • Provide guidance from experts about wealth creation and getting the basics right in an informal, interactive setting.
    • Discuss and understand career opportunities and pathways available in the dairy industry to inform goal setting, decision making and business planning
    • Share experiences and ambitions within a friendly, supportive environment to enable next steps
    • Identify what is required to take the “next step” and signpost to these opportunities
    • Be introduced to peers and industry experts to enable individual success

    WORKSHOP OUTLINE

    One day workshop (10.30am – 2.30pm) conducted in a classroom with a designated consultant as specified by Dairy Australia that has undertaken the Stepping Up/Stepping Back training. This course is non-accredited. This course is one of three workshops around the succession/transition topic. 

    Topics covered in workshop include:

    • Where are you now? What might you need for exit or transition?
    • Vehicles that may be available for you to use
    • The concept of a ‘game plan’ and the next steps to take

    RESOURCES THAT MAY BE USED

    Stepping Back – Getting a Game Plan workbook
    Share Dairy Farming in Australia - Model Code of Practice
    Leasing Dairy Assets Resource Pack
    Case studies

    For further information or to express you interest in participating please contact the DairyTas office on 6432 2233 or email admin@dairytas.net.au

     

  • Copy Link Stepping Up

    Stepping Up – Know your options Workshop

     

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    The workshop is designed for those considering share farming, leasing, or weighing up their next career move. New entrants and/or those looking to explore options and start planning for the future. Usually held in conjunction with YDN 

    GOALS OF THE COURSE

    • Gain an understanding of the career pathway options available on-farm in dairy
    • Learn about the different stages - where are you at and are you ready?
    • Learn about the key attributes and values you need to make it in dairy
    • Learn from real-life case studies about progression and wealth creation in dairy

    COURSE OUTLINE

    This is a short 2 hour session conducted in an indoor venue (generally at night) with a designated consultant as specified by Dairy Australia that has undertaken the Stepping Up/Stepping Back training. This workshop is non-accredited. This course is one of three workshops around the succession/transition topic.

    Topics covered during the course include:

    • Dairy smorgasbord – which role are you?
    • Growth, skills and attitude
    • Dairying then and now
    • Crossing the line
    • Case studies
    • Seeking advice
    • Wealth creation

    RESOURCES THAT WILL BE USED

    Stepping Up – Know your options Workbook
    Share Dairy Farming in Australia - Model Code of Practice
    Leasing Dairy Assets Resource Pack
    Case studies

    For further information or to express you interest in participating please contact the DairyTas office on 6432 2233 or email admin@dairytas.net.au

     

  • Copy Link Taking Steps Sharefarming Leasing and Equity Partnership

    Taking Steps – Share-farming, leasing and shared equity partnership workshop

     

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    This workshop is designed for two audiences; farm owners considering reducing their level of active farm involvement and those wanting to step up in a farm business beyond being an employee.  

    • Farm owners or managers wanting to reduce level of involvement in farm
    • Employees that are wanting to take the next step within the farm business
    • Service providers that want to expand their knowledge in the transition space

    GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP

    • Guidance about ‘crossing the line’ and being ready to take on share-farming/leasing/equity partnership
    • Learn about share-farming arrangement in details
    • Learn about leasing arrangement in detail
    • Learn about equity partnership in detail
    • Identify what is required to take the “next step” and signpost to these opportunities

    WORKSHOP OUTLINE

    One day workshop (10.00am – 3pm) conducted in a classroom with a designated consultant as specified by Dairy Australia that has undertaken the Stepping Up/Stepping Back training. This course is non-accredited. This course is one of three workshops around the succession/transition topic. 

    Topics covered in workshop include:

    • Crossing the line
    • Share-farming – A starter share
    • Share farming – More assets, more responsibility, more risk more return?
    • Leasing
    • Equity partnerships

    RESOURCES THAT MAY BE USED

    Taking Steps Workbook
    Share Dairy Farming in Australia - Model Code of Practice
    Leasing Dairy Assets Resource Pack
    Case studies

    For further information or to express you interest in participating please contact the DairyTas office on 6432 2233 or email admin@dairytas.net.au

  • Copy Link Young Dairy Network

    Young Dairy Network

    The Tasmanian Young Dairy Network supports leadership opportunities and builds social networks for young dairy farmers.

    Outcomes include:

    • Increased networking opportunities and awareness of opportunities currently available to young farmers
    • The Tasmanian Young Dairy Network  supports leadership opportunities and builds social networks for young dairy farmers.
    • Engaging and coordinating opportunities for personal and professional development.

    More information available on the Young Dairy Network Tasmania page.

  • Copy Link Cows Create Careers

    Cows Create Careers

    This program is for secondary students to care for dairy calves and learn about the dairy industry. Promoting career and education opportunities.

    For information and course dates, please contact DairyTas on:

    Phone: 6432 2233

    Email: admin@dairytas.net.au
    More information available on the Dairy Education and Careers page.

     

  • Copy Link Industrial Relations and People Management

    Industrial Relations and People Management

    COURSE OUTLINE

    This program will help you set your employment process up right. Subjects includes:

    • Leave
    • Entitlements
    • Terminations; and
    • Legalities

    For more information, please contact DairyTas HR specialist Penny Williams on:

    Phone: 6432 2233

    Email: pennywilliams@our.net.au

    Order your industrial relations starter kit from The People in Dairy - ESKi.

  • Copy Link Farm Safety Starter Kit

    Farm Safety Starter Kit Workshop

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    This workshop is aimed at those wanting to learn more about farm safety and their responsibilities as a business. This workshop is suitable for all audiences including farm owners, employees and service providers/contractors. 

    • Farm owners or managers wanting to learn about farm safety & their obligations
    • Employees wanting to better understand farm safety and how they can be involved
    • Family members that would like to improve farm safety on their farm
    • Service providers/contractors wanting to learn about on-farm safety

    GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP

    • Provide an introduction to the Farm Safety Starter Kit resource and how it can be used
    • Allow people the opportunity to become familiar with and utilise tools in the FSSK
    • Empower people with the knowledge to get their farm safety system started
    • Provide an opportunity to questions about a specific topic or issue they are having without fear of follow up (Worksafe)

    WORKSHOP OUTLINE

    One day workshop (10.30am – 2.30pm) conducted in either in a classroom or on farm with a designated consultant as specified by Dairy Australia or an Extension Officer that has undertaken relevant Farm Safety training. This course is non-accredited. This course is one of two workshops on Farm Safety. 

    Topics covered in workshop include:

    • Background to the FSSK
    • What is in the FSSK
    • Key steps in starting a safety system
    • Hierarchy of control
    • Activity: Quick Safety Scan
    • Next step – Farm Safety Manual
    • What’s one thing you will do differently as a result of today?

    RESOURCES THAT MAY BE USED

    Farm Safety Starter Kit
    Farm Safety Manual
    The People in Dairy Website

    For further information or to express you interest in participating please contact the DairyTas office on 6432 2233 or email admin@dairytas.net.au

  • Copy Link Farm Safety Manual workshop

    Farm Safety Manual Workshop

    TARGET AUDIENCE

    This workshop is aimed at those who have already attended a Farm Safety Starter Kit workshop and have utilised it or someone that has developed a farm safety system on their farm and wants to further progress it. This workshop is suitable for all audiences including farm owners, employees and service providers/contractors. 

    • Farm owners or managers that are advanced in farm safety practices
    • Employees wanting to better understand farm safety and how they can be involved
    • Family members that would like to improve farm safety on their farm
    • Service providers/contractors wanting to learn about on-farm safety

    GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP

    • Provide an introduction to the Farm Safety Manual and how it can be used
    • Allow people the opportunity to become familiar with and utilise tools in the FSM
    • Provide an in-depth look at one of the 14 topics in the Farm Safety Manual
    • Equip people with the knowledge to make changes to their farm business that provide a safe workplace

    WORKSHOP OUTLINE

    One day workshop (10.30am – 2.30pm) conducted in either in a classroom or on farm with a designated consultant as specified by Dairy Australia or an Extension Officer that has undertaken relevant Farm Safety training. It is best to have Worksafe or a Farm Safety Consultant at this workshop to answer any specific safety questions. This course is non-accredited. This course is one of two workshops on Farm Safety. 

    Topics covered in workshop include:

    • Background to the Farm Safety Manual
    • Dairy Australia’s goal
    • In-depth technical information on selected topic
    • Activity: Safety scan on that topic
    • How to engage your team
    • Next steps

    RESOURCES THAT MAY BE USED

    Farm Safety Starter Kit
    Farm Safety Manual
    The People in Dairy Website

    For further information or to express you interest in participating please contact the DairyTas office on 6432 2233 or email admin@dairytas.net.au

  • Copy Link Dairy Discussion Groups

    Dairy Discussion Groups

    Dairy discussion groups enable dairy farmers to share ideas and learn from each other’s experiences.

    A dairy farmer discussion group is a group of people engaged in the business of dairy farming. The group may have either a specific focus (e.g. mastitis) or cover different topics throughout the year. Groups can be established to solve a particular problem with a short time frame or they can be ongoing.

    Dairy Australia recognises that dairy discussion groups are vital to the health of our industry. Therefore funding is available for both existing and new discussion groups.

    Up to $3,000 per group per year is available to assist with the costs of forming a new group and:

    • Employing a facilitator
    • Attending a group tour
    • Engaging a guest speaker
    • Taking part in a group training course

    Each group application will be assessed based on the contribution to the industry and to the learning of the members involved.

    If you are interested in forming a group, or would like to find out about groups in your local area, contact Liz Mann at DairyTas on:

    Phone: 0482 121 655
    Email: admin@dairytas.net.au

    Download the Dairy Farmer Discussion Group Resources Kit.