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The Victorian Government has announced $715,000 of funding for a new Dairy Farm Induction Program to be run by Dairy Australia.

The program will help to rapidly upskill new workers, make training more accessible and support farmers with inducting new employees. It is designed to support the industry during COVID-19 and help build dairy’s workforce for the future.

This follows an earlier Victorian Government announcement of a $50 million Agriculture Workforce Plan to support people who have lost their jobs as a result of coronavirus to find paid work and ensure the state’s agriculture sector has the workforce it needs to continue operating.

Victoria’s Minister for Agriculture, Jaclyn Symes, commented:

“The need to find new workers to meet labour gaps in agriculture has thankfully been less than anticipated due to the strong position of our ag sector – but the effects of this pandemic will still be felt for a long time to come. This program is just one example of how we’re working with industry to make sure their needs are met and to keep Victoria as the dairy heartland of Australia.”

Dairy Australia’s Managing Director David Nation said the new program will fast track the dairy industry’s ability to upskill new workers and help make training more accessible.

“It is needed now to support the production of high quality dairy products through the coronavirus pandemic and to grow one of Victoria’s industry success stories as the threat subsides. The program is focused not only on getting new workers to be job ready, but also on assisting farms with the induction of new employees. The Victorian Government’s support will enable us to build on work already underway in workforce recruitment and safe working operations.”

For more information see the Victorian Government’s media release.

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