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Webinars for Upskilling the Dairy Manufacturing Workforce

Over the past five years Dairy Australia has partnered with GOTAFE/National Centre for Dairy Education to offer over 135 webinars to upskill Australian dairy manufacturers. World dairy experts are engaged to present 30+ webinars each year.

Upskilling of the Australian dairy manufacturing workforce is extremely important to ensure the industry remains competitive, sustainable and innovative. Educating the workforce can be challenging in Australia with dairy manufacturing sites located across vast rural and regional areas.

Communication technologies such as webinars offer exciting prospects for up-skilling the workforce with substantial savings in costs and time. Most importantly, staff can receive this training from global experts without stepping out of their factory. Alternatively they can view the webinar recording at their convenience. Typically, webinars include a 50-55 minute presentation followed by 5-10 minutes of question time.

Please email Jennifer Penfold jpenfold@gotafe.vic.edu.au to register for individual webinars ($35 per webinar) or to purchase a webinar season pass.  

Webinar Seminar Program 2018


Thur Feb 1  
10-11am AEDT 
Detecting and eliminating post-processing contamination
Nicole Martin, Associate Director, Milk Quality Improvement Program, Cornell University, USA 
Wed Feb 7   
10-11am AEDT
Molten gold: the science behind cheese melt and stretch
Pat Polowsky & Paul Kindstedt, PhD, University of Vermont, USA
Wed Feb 14
2-3pm AEST
New technologies in Sterilisation of Milk
Hilton Deeth, Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland
Wed Feb 21
10-11am AEDT
Sustainability in our dairy - from paddock to plate
Jill Giacomini Basch, Point Reyes Dairy, California, USA
Wed Feb 28
2-3pm AEDT
Postponed to later date
Nick Haddow, Bruny Island Cheese, Tasmania
Thurs March 1
12-12.45pm AEDT
Dairy Situation and Outlook, March 2018
John Droppert, Senior Analyst, Dairy Australia
Wed March 21
2-3pm AEDT
The Facts of Food Fraud -how to prevent and control it in your business
Janine Curll, PhD Candidate, Monash University
Wed April 18
2-3pm AEST
A guide to exporting dairy products to China
Stewart Davey, Manager, International Market Access, Dairy Australia
Wed May 2 
2-3pm AEST
Ultrasonics in dairy processing
Thomas Seak-Hou Leong, The ARC Dairy Innovation Hub,
University of Melbourne
Wed May 9
2-3pm AEST  
The Dairy Industry Sustainablity Framework
Helen Dornom, Manager, Sustainability, Dairy Australia
Wed May 16
2-3pm AEST
Improving the food safety culture of your business
Michael Kalish, Manager, Food Safety Guides, San Francisco, USA
Wed May 23

Cheddar Bytes – quality features of Quicke's world renowned cheddar cheese
Mary Quicke, Executive Director and Head Cheesemaker, Quicke’s Traditional, Exeter, UK
Wed May 30
Vertical Integration: the transition to bottling and marketing our own milk
Emma Elliot, Little Big Dairy, Dubbo, NSW
Wed June 6
Picking the winner – characteristics judges assess when judging dairy products 
Alexandra Kury, Food Industry Communications Coordinator, Dairy Australia
Wed June 20
2-3pm AEST
Designing your signature cheese flavours using adjuncts and technologies. 
Scott Bolch, Chr Hansen, Australia 

July 2017 – June 2018 Season Pass Charges

Category  12 month pass  6 month pass
Large companies (over 200 employees)   $2200  $1200
Medium companies (20-200 employees)
 $490  $260
Individuals and Small companies (1-20 employees)
 $220  $130
University students
 $150  $80

Please email Jennifer Penfold jpenfold@gotafe.vic.edu.au to purchase a webinar season pass.  

Purchase of a Webinar Season Pass entitles companies and individuals to the following:

  • Access to 30+ webinars per year
  • Multiple logons for company staff attending webinars (plus multiple people can participate from logon point
  • Single logon for individuals / small companies (multiple people can participate from one logon)
  • Technical support for participants
  • PDF’s of presentations
  • Opportunity to ask questions of world expert during the webinar
  • Opportunity to liaise with and ask further questions of webinar presenter for one week post webinar.
  • Access to webinar recordings for 30 days post webinar
  • Professional development opportunity for individuals and companies
  • Opportunity to suggest new topics or dairy experts relevant to business needs

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