Updated app to help new dairy industry workers learn skills

Wednesday, 09 September, 2020

Updated app to help new dairy industry workers learn skills

Dairy Australia, the Australian national body for the dairy industry, has updated the Dairy Passport app to help newly hired workers learn skills and gain industry knowledge.

Development of the app has been supported by $715,000 from the Victorian Government, under the Agriculture Workforce Plan. The updated app was launched by Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes on 7 September 2020.

Available on desktop, iPhone and Android devices, the app covers topics such as farm safety, animal handling, as well as essential tasks such as milking. It provides coaching guides, learning modules and support resources as employees are inducted over their first 90 days on the job. This enables employers to quickly and safely develop workers’ skills, while providing the knowledge and capabilities needed for on-farm roles.

“The fundamental skills and knowledge that Dairy Passport training offers creates a solid foundation for a successful career in dairy, providing help and advice for both farmers and employees,” Minister Symes said.

The app has been developed as part of the broader Pathways for People in Dairy Program. In addition to the Dairy Passport, the program includes an online experience allowing jobseekers interested in dairy to virtually explore and prepare for a career in the industry.

Dairy Australia Managing Director David Nation said: “The Victorian Government’s support has enabled us to rapidly develop new induction and training resources for Dairy Passport, designed to help farmers safely employ newcomers to the industry at short notice.”

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