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Wine Qualifications Validation Draft

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Photo by Gianni D.

From AgriFood Skills Australia:

The review of the current Food Processing Training Package Wine qualifications is being undertaken as a distinct process from the review of other FDF qualifications. AgriFood Skills Australia is currently seeking feedback on the Validation Draft of the proposed wine industry Qualifications, Units of Competency and Skill Sets. This version reflects input from consultations and feedback received on the Draft 2 materials.

Due to some consultations dates the consultation close off date is Monday 26th November. Comments should be forwarded to:

Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins and Associates
PO Box 212
Tel: 02 9579 4483 Fax: 02 9586 1610
Mob: 0408 022 857

Click here to access documents and for more information on the AgriFood Skills Australia website.

AgriFoods Skills Australia’s 2010 E-Scan

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

From the AgriFoods October 2010 Newsletter:

AgriFood Skills Australia has begun the process of developing the 2011 Environmental Scan. The Scan is a core document that informs the Australian Government and Skills Australia on the workplace and skilling needs of the agrifood industry for the forthcoming year.

Paramount to the development of the Scan will be national consultations with key stakeholders. These will take the form of meetings, focus groups and submissions.

AgriFood is about to release a call for submissions document that will be uploaded to the website and emailed to our database of stakeholders to seek timely perspectives on skills and workforce development issues in the agrifood industry. The Standing Committees, which represent the five industry sectors, will be involved in determining priorities in the coming two months.

Click here to access the AgriFoods E-Scan 2010 and 2009 on the Agrifoods website.

Export award for Fonterra

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Fonterra logoFrom Weekly Times Now:

FONTERRA Australia was awarded the Agribusiness Exporter of the Year at the 2010 Governor of Victoria Export Awards recently.

The New Zealand-owned company is Australia’s second-largest milk processor and last year exported more than 100,000 tonnes of dairy products from its manufacturing sites in Victoria and Tasmania.

Its largest-volume products have been cheese, nutritional powder, skim and whole milk powder and whey.

Click here to read the full article at Weekly Times Now.

Click here to view the full listing of award winners from the Victorian Export Awards on the Victorian Government website.

Cheese scholarship program

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Cheese MakerFrom the Dairy Australia website:

Do you have a passion for cheesemaking? Do you have a University degree or TAFE Diploma in science, engineering, nutrition, agriculture or related disciplines? Are you an Australian citizen or permanent resident and 18-30 years old? If so, a cheese scholarship might be the next big step in your career.

Dairy Australia – the industry organisation that represents Australian dairy farmers – is offering 3 budding cheesemakers the chance to learn from the experts via the 2011 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Cheese Scholarship.

The 3 successful applicants will receive:

  • 8-10 week cheese training program, during February-April 2011
  • On the job training at some of Australia’s best cheese manufacturing  companies
  • Experience with a major Australian cheese retailer
  • All accommodation and travel expenses paid
  • $500 per week living allowance for duration of scholarship
  • An opportunity to enter an innovative and progressive global industry

Click here for more information on the Dairy Australia website.

Cheese workshop and seminar

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Yummy CheesesFrom Dairy Australia:

US cheese expert visiting in November 2010

Dr Mark Johnson, Interim Director of Wisconsin Centre for Dairy Research, USA, is visiting Australia as International judge for Australian Grand Dairy Awards product judging in November 2010. Sponsored by Dairy Australia, Dr Johnson’s two week trip will also include presenting at workshops, seminars & webinars, and visits to dairy companies. Dr Johnson is a global expert on cheese, having:

  • Six patents on cheese
  • Judged product at numerous international events,
  • Authored over 60 publications in peer reviewed journals and
  • Authored eleven chapters in books

Click here to register or for more information on the Dairy Australia website.

Fine Food Australia Awards 2010

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Aioli Garlic MayonnaiseCongratulations to the winners of Fine Food Australia, Best New Product Awards for 2010.

The 2010 winners are:

Best New Retail Product 2010: Birch & Waite Foods – Aioli Garlic Mayonnaise
Best New Catering Product 2010: Lotus & Ming Fine Food – BBQ Pork & Plum Spring Rolls
Best New Hospitality Equipment Product 2010: Everpure/Culligan Water – Purezza Sparkling Water System
Best New Bakery Product 2010: W&P – Water Cut Slice Machine

Click here for more information or to enter a product in next years competition on the Fine Food Australia website.

Donnybrook Farmhouse Cheese, NBAA Nomination

Monday, October 4th, 2010
Caz Monteleone, Caterina Monteleone and City of Whittlesea Mayor, Mary Lalios

Caz Monteleone and Caterina Monteleone of Donnybrook Farmhouse Cheese with City of Whittlesea Mayor, Mary Lalios

From the City of Whittlesea press release:

Donnybrook Farmhouse Cheese was recently nominated at the Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAA) hosted by the City of Whittlesea and the City of Yarra.

The Northern Business Achievement Awards is a forum for business excellence in Melbourne’s north. The next step will see Donnybrook Farmhouse Cheese compete in the 2010 Grand Finale in December.

For over 20 years the Monteleone family has been making cheese in Australia and during that time has won many awards for their hand made traditional cheeses.

The Monteleone’s have come from 5 Generations of cheese makers and Bernardo aged 73 still milks the cows every day. “The secret to making excellent cheese starts with fresh milk, I’m passionate about my animals and when we treat them nicely they give excellent milk” says Bernardo.

In today’s modern big business world the Donnybrook farm is unique in that it sources its raw product (milk) from its own back yard, the milking, the manufacturing and the sales all from the farm.

For more information visit

Attention RTOs! Call for Expressions of Interest

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Skills Victoria have issued a Call for Expressions of Interest, inviting eligible RTOs to submit an application to become contracted to deliver government subsidised training in 2011 under the Skills for Victoria program.

From Skills Victoria:

The key points to note are:

  • All RTOs seeking to deliver government subsidised nationally recognised training in 2011 are required to submit an application in response to the Call for Expressions of Interest.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically (on-line) through the Skills Victoria Training System (SVTS)
  • The Closing Date for the submission of an Application in the current EOI round is 21 October 2010. It is expected that a rolling application process will open once this Call for Expressions of Interest closes. Future Calls for Expressions of Interest will be advertised on SVTS.
  • Comprehensive information regarding Program specifications, the Draft Service Agreement, RTO Eligibility criteria, RTO Application requirements and supporting documentation is available on SVTS. ( The documents can also be accessed on the Skills Vic corporate website
  • An Executive Memo was posted on the Skills Victoria Training System (SVTS) announcing the opening of the EOI process (attached) and an advertisement appeared in the Herald Sun (classified section) on Wednesday. There is also a link to the SVTS from the Victorian Government tender website for interested RTOs.
  • RTOs with questions regarding this Call for Expressions of Interest must submit their enquiries in writing via SVTS (Submit Applications>Ask a Question)

Click here for more information on the Call for Expressions of Interest on the Skills Victoria website.


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