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Registrations Open for Inaugural Red Meat Industry Conference

Friday, April 29th, 2011

From MINTRAC (email):

Red Meat Industry Conference – “Advancing the Future – for Meat Processing through Engineering, Research, Efficiency and Sustainability”

This conference is a first for the meat processing sector and will showcase the latest research and development projects, focusing on future opportunities to enhance industry productivity, efficiency and sustainability.

This conference will provide a tremendous opportunity for industry representatives working in areas such as but not limited to engineering, operations, QA management, environmental management, business management, marketing and sales. This includes research providers and technical experts involved in environmental science, meat science, technology and automation, robotics, engineering, consultancy, marketing.

This conference will take place on Thursday 9 – Friday 10 June 2011 at the Sebel Hotel, Albert Park.

Contact the Australian Meat Processor Corporation, Irene Parker, Member Services Manager AMPC 02 9439 6866 for details.

National Sustainable Food Summit, Melbourne – Final report available now

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Over three hundred delegates including primary producers, processors, the retail sector and members of the business, government, education, public health, community and not-for-profit sectors attended the inaugural National Sustainable Food Summit in Melbourne on April 5 & 6, 2011. The goal was to share ideas that could inform a vision for Australia’s food system in 2030; to examine the challenges and constraints of the current food system, and explore opportunities for change that would support a transformation to a resilient, adaptable and sustainable food system.

Click here to access the report [PDF: 564KB].

2011 Victorian Training Awards – Now Open!

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Nominations for the 2011 Victorian Training Awards are now open! Let’s see the Food Processing sector put some entries in!

From the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (email):

The Victorian Training Awards celebrate excellence and reward outstanding achievement and innovation in vocational education and training. They recognise the valuable contribution apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, employers, and training providers play in ensuring our state has a strong skills base, so that Victorian communities and industries can prosper – both now, and in the future.

There are 14 Victorian Training Award categories, with prizes of up to $10,000 awarded to winners in most categories! Winners also have the chance to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards, held in Brisbane in November.

Click here for more information on the Awards on the Skills Victoria website.

FDF10 Training Package – Feedback on Malting and Brewing units due 29 April

Friday, April 15th, 2011

From AgriFood Skills Australia (email):

AgriFood Skills Australia is seeking feedback from groups and individuals about the proposed changes to the FDF10 Food Processing Training Package. The changes include additional Units of Competency to cover skills required at operator level in the malting and brewing industries. The malting and brewing units, once finalised, will be included in a new version of the Food Processing Training Package – FDF10 Version 3.

Click here to access the explanatory paper and draft materials on the AgriFoods Skills Australia website.

Feedback is due close of business Friday 29th April 2011.

If you have any queries, please contact Richard Jenkins on (02) 9579 4483 or email

Food processing committee to investigate industry competitiveness

Friday, April 8th, 2011

From the Australian Food News website:

The passing of a Senate motion to establish a Select Committee on Australia’s food manufacturing sector has been welcomed by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) yesterday.

The motion – moved by Tasmanian Senator Richard Colebeck, who consulted with industry about its content – was passed in the Senate 34 to 32 votes.  The committee is expected to investigate the competitiveness and future viability of Australia’s food processing sector as well assess constraints in the current regulatory environment, including food labelling.

AFGC Chief Executive Kate Carnell said the committee was vital to flesh out issues affecting industry’s competitiveness especially, considering the serious pressures facing Australia’s largest manufacturing sector – food and grocery.

Click here to read the full article on the Australian Food News website.

From the Senate, Parliament of Australia website:

On 24 March 2011 the Senate referred the following matter to the Select Committee on Australias Food Processing Sector for inquiry and report.

The closing date for submissions has not yet been set – please check this website for updates.

Click here for more information on the inquiry on the Senate, Australian Parliament website.

Goodman Fielder receives Foodbank Award

Friday, April 8th, 2011

From the Australian Food News website:

Foodbank last night (being 31st March 2011) awarded its annual Foodbank Patron’s Award to partner Goodman Fielder Baking, in recognition of the company’s ongoing committment to food charity, particularly its ‘Daily Bread’ program.

The award, presented in Sydney by Governor-General and Patron of Foodbank Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, is given in recognition of a company that has demonstrated unrivalled commitment over time to Foodbank’s objectives and is an inspiration and role model to others in the scope and depth of its support for hunger relief.

Fresh bread is baked daily by Goodman Fielder, and delivered to Foodbank’s warehouses across Australia. In total, Goodman Fielder has donated 1.7 million kilograms of bread or 2.5 million loaves since the program was initiated in 2006.

“The Patron’s Award recognises Goodman Fielder as one of Foodbank’s most committed donors over the last five years. The fresh loaves it generously provides feed around 15,000 people every day,” said Foodbank Australia’s Chairman, Enzo Allara.

Click here to read the full article on the Australian Food News website.

Entries now open for the SACS Awards for Leadership 2011

Friday, April 8th, 2011

SACS Consulting logoEntries for the SACS Awards for Leadership is now open!

Running now for six years, the awards recognises outstanding leadership within government, local government and not-for-profit sectors.

From the SACS consulting website:

This year leaders may nominate for one of the below categories, it is entirely up to the organisation to determine what level they seek to nominate the individual for:

  • Executive Leader – this person is an established leader at the Manager/Director/CEO/Board level.
  • Non-Executive Leader – this person is in a leadership role that is below Manager level within their organisation.
  • We are seeking submissions from within the sector outlining examples of outstanding leadership which meet the following criteria:

  • Positive contribution to colleagues as a leader – enhancement of the organisation’s internal environment
  • Positive contribution to the organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Demonstrating leadership through innovation and creativity
  • Demonstrating the leadership qualities of integrity and positive values
  • The winner for each category will receive a prize of $7,500 to be awarded to the organisation employing the leader. The money will be used to foster and develop leadership ability within the organisation and it will be up to the successful leader to decide how the funds are deployed.

    The two further finalists for each category will receive free admission to the highly successful Leadership Victoria Board Orientation programme.

    Click here for more information [PDF: 273KB].

    Gillard Government delivers national reform to Australia’s VET sector

    Friday, April 8th, 2011

    From the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government website:

    Landmark reform to Australia’s vocational education and training sector has been achieved today with passage of legislation which has established a national system of regulation for the first time.

    Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans, welcomed the passing of the three Bills that establish the new regulator. This will be a new era for the regulation and quality of vocational education and training benefiting more than 1.2 million students and thousands of Australian businesses.

    Click here to read the full article on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website.

    Amendments to ETRA Legislation

    Friday, April 8th, 2011

    Correspondence has been received from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development regarding amendments to ETRA Legislation.

    It states that arrangements has commenced for the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Skills) Act 2010 (The Skills Act) which will substantially amend Victorian legislation on VET regulation, TAFE governance and consumer protection for students.

    From the correspondence received:

    The Skills Act will commence in stages to give adequate time to implement legislation where necessary. Those amendments taking effect on 1 April 2011 are of an enabling nature and will make it possible to use new aspects of the legislation or will initiative reviews or other action. Where action will be required by providers and others to comply with the new laws, longer lead times have been set. Commencement dates have not yet been fixed for some amendments.

    The Skills Act requires and enabled a number of changes, such as the review and remaking of the constitutions of each TAFE Institute board, and regulations dealing with students’ rights as consumers and Registered Training Organisation regulation.

    For further information, please contact Mark Miller, Senior Legal Advisor on (03) 9637 3886 or


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