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Since 2012, Dairy Australia has partnered with the National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE), offering over 120 webinars using dairy manufacturing experts from around the world. 30-38 webinars are presented each year.

Webinars for Upskilling the Dairy Manufacturing Workforce

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.

New 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.

Summary Information on Webinars

Since 2012, Dairy Australia has partnered with the National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE), offering over 120 webinars using dairy manufacturing experts from around the world. 30-38 webinars are presented each year.

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 six month season pass.


Webinar Seminar Program 2017


Wed 12 July
2-3pm AEST 
Bacteriophages in dairy fermentations: what's eating your starter cultures?
Ian Powell, Consultant, Australia
Wed 19 July   
2-3pm AEST
The business of Dairy – getting a product to market, raising capital and marketing/sales options for SME’s.
Naomi Ingleton, King Valley Dairy 
Thur 27 July
10-11am AEST 
Brines and salting of cheese for best effects on rinds and quality
To be presented from American Cheese Society conference, Denver USA
Peter Dixon, Artisan Cheesemaker and Consultant, Vermont, USA 
Wed 6 Sept
2-3pm AEST
Extended Shelf Life (ESL) milk processing
Hilton Deeth, Emeritus Professor, University of Queensland
Thur 14 Sept
2-3pm AEST
Validation for dairy manufacturing companies
Deon Mahoney, Chief Scientist, Dairy Food Safety Victoria
Wed 20 Sept
2-3pm AEST
Developing a true Australian cheese
Andrea Pelati, Cheesemaker and Trainer, Italy
Wed 27 Sept
3-4pm AEST
Yoghurt Starter cultures used for prevention of yeast and moulds for bioprotection and improved shelf life
Tina Hornbaek (Senior Manager Dairy Bioprotection) and
Anna Przewozna (Marketing Manager Dairy Bioprotection),
Chr- Hansen, Denmark
Wed 4 Oct
2-3pm AEDT
Dairy Situation and Outlook, October 2017
John Droppert, Senior Analyst, Dairy Australia
Wed 11 Oct
2-3pm AEDT
Persister cells – bacteria that keep on giving
Steve Flint, Massey University, NZ
Wed 18 Oct 2017
10-11am AEDT   
Buttermilk: the valuable, yet overlooked food ingredient.
David Everett, California Polytechnic, USA 
Wed 25 Oct 2017
10-11am AEDT
Lactose – Spinning waste into gold (a little at a time!)
Don Otter, Senior Outreach Specialist ,Centre for Dairy Research, Wisconsin, USA 
The interaction between pectin and yoghurt starter cultures
Petra Sugiarto, Danisco Australia 
Designing your signature cheese flavours using adjuncts and technologies.
Scott Bolch, Chr Hansen Australia
Wed 15 Nov
10-11am AEDT
Understanding the Crunch: A Deep Dive into Cheese Crystals
Pat Polowsky, University of Vermont, USA
Wed 22 Nov
2-3pm AEDT
How to win and delight consumers with Aussie dairy products in domestic and export markets.
Angeline Achariya, Food Innovation Centre, Monash University
Wed 29 Nov
10-11am AEDT
Successful Cultivation and Nurturing of White Mould Cheeses
Gianaclis Caldwell, Artisan Cheesemaker and Trainer, Oregon, USA 
Wed 6 Dec
10-11am AEDT
Affinage - Factors contributing to an effective aging space for small and large cheese facilities
Michael Kalish, (Consultant, San Francisco), and
David Mathieu, (Clauger, North America) 


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

Contact Jenny Penfold jpenfold@gotafe.vic.edu.au to arrange a 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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