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5th Annual Skilling Australia Summit 2010 – Sign Up Now!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The 5th Annual Skilling Australia Summit 2010 will be held on 10-11th August at the Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne. The Summit will provide a meeting place for human resources and senior decision and policy makers to come together to put ideas on the table, share practical strategies and to trigger action.

From the Conference webpage:

Some of the questions that will be debated at the Skilling Summit 2010:

  • How do you effectively source new talent?
  • What can you do to reduce any ‘brain drain’?
  • What are you doing to compete with other potential employers for the best candidates?
  • How do you plan to keep essential knowledge and experience within your organisation?
  • What are you doing to prepare for a changing workforce demographic?
  • What can you do to facilitate, and to benefit from, changing working lifestyle?

Click here for more information on the Summit and to register on the Conference website.

2010 AgriFood Skills International Fellowship – Applications Now Open!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

AgriFood Skills Australia logo
AgriFood Skills Australia and the International Specialised Skills Institute are now offering three international Fellowships (to the value of $10,000 each). Each Fellowship is aimed at promoting the acquisition of higher-level skills and an appreciation of international best practice in the Australian Agrifood industry.

Did you know? The agrifood industry encompasses rural and related industries, food processing, meat, seafood and racing. These industries generate more than $200 billion a year and employ up to 880,000 people.

Click here for more information  and to register for the Fellowship on the ISS Institute website

17th Australian HACCP Conference and 5th SQF International Conference – SIGN UP NOW!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

AFS logoThe 17th Australian HACCP Conference will be held on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th August at The Sebel,  in Albert Park and will see food industry professionals involved in food safety come together. This year the Conference Package also incorporates the SQF International Conference (the first SQF conference to be held outside North America) to be held on Thursday 26th August at the same venue.

The conference will address such topics as:

  • Food Safety in new & emerging markets,
  • Lessons to be learned from food safety outbreaks,
  • Implementing food safety in small businesses,
  • Red Line Management,
  • The impact of sustainability strategies on food safety,
  • Update on allergens and their impact,
  • Labelling laws review,
  • Air quality testing,
  • Toxicology of heavy metals in relation to food safety,
  • Controlling personal hygiene in a food service environment.

Click here for more information on the conference on the Australian Food Safety website

The Australian Food Safety Conference – Sign Up Now!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

The Australian Food Safety Conference will be held at Crown Conference Centre in Melbourne from 7th to 9th September 2010.

The conference will see food industry professionals involved in food safety from around the globe come together. Themed ‘From Red Tape to Real Value’, the conference will explore a variety of issues that affect food safety and examine the relationship between regulatory agencies and the food industry in reducing risks associated with the food supply.

The Australian Food Safety Conference is a must attend event for:

  • Food safety professionals from manufacturing, retail and food service industry
  • Food industry representatives
  • Food importers / exporters
  • Government regulators
  • Food safety educators
  • Consumer representatives
  • Health writers and journalists

Click here for more information on the Conference on the Australian Food Safety Conference website.

2010 Annual AgriFood Conference – In Melbourne

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

AgriFood Skills Australia will host its fifth AgriFood national Conference in Melbourne on 23rd September 2010.  The conference will comprise a full one-day conference on Thursday 23rd September and it will feature keynote presentations and interactive panels.  Some 200 leading industry and government representatives are expected to attend and speakers will focus on contemporary and future issues affecting the industry, the economy, employment, training and workplace capacity as well as current and future skill, workforce and training needs.

Australia’s Regions: Australia’s Future: Leading industry and academic speakers and panelists will provide an interactive program around the critical importance of regional Australia.

Conference dinner: The conference dinner will be held on Wednesday 22nd September from 7.30pm. Changing the dinner to Wednesday night allows a single overnight stay. Conference registration includes the conference dinner but ‘conference only’ registration is available.

Bookings are not yet being taken, but please stay tuned for more details.

Click here to view more information on the AgriFood Skills Australia website.

2010 Annual Wage Review

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The 2010 Annual Wage Review Decision was handed down Fair Work Australian (FWA) recently. Key elements include:

  • The National Minimum Wage will be increased by 69cents per hour to $15 per hour;
  • Award wage rates for full-time adult employees will be increased by $26.00 per week;
  • Junior, apprentice and trainee wage rates will be adjusted proportionately; and
  • Wage-related allowances and expense-related allowances will be increased in accordance with formulas included in each modern award.

Click here for more information on Annual Wage Reviews on the Fair Work Australia website.

NATA approves the Meat Industry Microbiological Skills Set

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Sharon FitzgeraldFrom MINTRAC:

MINTRAC, with Technical Reference Group, have developed a competency based Meat Industry Microbiological Testing Skills Set. The new skills set is designed to accommodate the change in skills set required for pathogen testing and signatory status for using rapid tests. In April 2010, NATA approved the Skill Set.

The Meat Industry Microbiological Skill Set will be added to the MTM10 version of the Australian Meat Industry Training Package.   It contains the following Units of Competency:

  • MSL933001A Maintain the laboratory/field workplace fit for purpose
  • MSL973002A Prepare working solutions
  • MSL973003A Prepare culture media
  • MSL973004A Perform aseptic techniques
  • MSL933004A Perform calibration checks on equipment and assist with its maintenance
  • MSL934003A Maintain and control stocks
  • MSL935002A Assist in the maintenance of reference materials
  • MSL953001A Receive and prepare samples for testing
  • MSL974006A Perform biological procedures
  • MSL973007A Perform microscopic examination
  • MSL974004A Perform food tests
  • ML975001A Perform microbiological tests
  • MSL924001A Process and interpret data
  • MSL925001A Analyse data and report results
  • MSL935003A Authorise the issue of test results

MINTRAC is now inviting suitably qualified RTOs to provide a quotation for the implementation of this program.  If you are interested, and have not been contacted, please contact Jenny Kroonstuiver at MINTRAC –

Deadline for quotations: 30 July 2010.

Sign Up Now! Confectionery Courses now available at William Angliss Institute

Monday, June 7th, 2010

William Angliss Institute logoWilliam Angliss Institute will be holding two confectionery short courses in July. If you are interested in sugarfree confectionery and chocolate manufacturing – sign up now!

Held on 12-13th July 2010. the Sugarfree Confectionery short course will see industry specialists talk about sugar substitutes and artificial sweeteners, their properties and behaviour in the manufacture of classic confectionery products.

The chocolate manufacturing short course will be held over three days starting on the 5th July 2010, and will see students learn about the principles, equipment and procedures used to make chocolate.

Click here for more information on the courses on the William Angliss website

AI Group Confectionery Sector Congress Dinner – Thursday 28 October 2010 – Save the Date!

Monday, June 7th, 2010

AI Group logoThe AI Group confectionery Sector Congress Dinner will held in conjunction with The Life Savers Perpetual Cup and Trophy Golf, on Thursday 28th October 2010.

So mark it in your diary!

Click to find out more about the AI Group Confectionery Group on the AI Group website

Congratulations to the Victorian winners at the Australian International Beer Awards

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

From the Tourism Victoria website:.

Nine Victorian breweries – many from regional Victoria – shared in a pouring of awards at the prestigious Australian International Beer Awards in a ceremony held at Crown Palladium.

The breadth of quality of the state’s craft beer sector was confirmed as nine Victorian beers from a variety of local craft breweries received Gold Medals during the awards’ judging process.

Among the victors was 2 Brothers’ Voodoo beer, which won the Premier’s Trophy for best Victorian beer. The other gold medallists were:

  • E.S.B (Holgate Brewhouse, Woodend)
  • Temptress (Holgate Brewhouse, Woodend)
  • Chevalier Saison (Bridge Road Brewers, Beechworth)
  • Temple Special Bitter (Temple Brewing Company, Melbourne)
  • Surefoot Stout (Mountain Goat Beer, Richmond)
  • White Rabbit Dark Ale (White Rabbit Brewery, Healesville)
  • Red Hill Brewery Christmas Ale (Red Hill Brewery, Mornington Peninsula).
  • Red Hill Brewery Imperial stout (Red Hill Brewery, Mornington Peninsula).

Thirty Victorian breweries entered and exhibited a total of 223 beers at this year’s Awards which attracted 1170 entries from 243 breweries across 34 countries including Germany, Scandinavia, Denmark, Norway, USA, UK, Belgium, and the Czech Republic.

Congratulations to all of the Victorian winners!

Click here to view the full list of winners on the Australian International Beer Awards website


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