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The Australian dairy industry has taken another step to demonstrate its commitment to producing high quality milk. A new national training program is available to milk tanker operators to improve efficiencies in the transport of milk and to ensure consistent protocols are followed for food hygiene and safety.

In an industry-first, milk tanker operators can now obtain a nationally accredited, transferrable qualification through the Milk Tanker Operators short course.

Dairy Australia has supported the development of the course, which is an industry-wide collaboration between processors, milk haulage companies and training providers to offer standardized national training. It has been endorsed by the Australian Milk Quality Steering Group and the Dairy Industry People Development Council, representing a cross-section of the industry.

The program was initiated on the back of calls from industry as milk swaps increased, alongside the outsourcing of milk collections, the use of milk transfer stations and movement of tanker drivers between regions and companies. With different protocols across the supply chain, haulage companies were having to provide up to twenty inductions for new drivers.

Consistent training, which meets food quality and safety standards Australia-wide, means that milk can be exchanged and transported with more certainty. All accredited tanker operators, whether they represent a processor or a contractor, should be able to collect milk from any farm at any time, and deliver to any processing site at any time, making the transport of milk more efficient to ensure the highest milk quality. This is a win for the entire Australian dairy industry, demonstrating quality assurance that consumers and buyers are looking for.

The course is now being offered through Registered Training Providers. Participants or employers interested in the course need to register through GoTAFE. Course fees may apply. Participants are required to complete practical web-based learning and to demonstrate their skills on the job. Upon completion of the course, participants gain formal recognition of their competencies and training.

To find out more, visit Milk Tanker Operators Short Course or contact Kirstie Ash - KAsh@gotafe.vic.edu.au.

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