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Congratulations to Australian Training Awards Winners

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
From left to right: Les Cameron from NFI,
Tom Hale from the AMWU and Nick Bartholomew from SPC ARDMONA

The VFITB would like to congratulate all the winners at the Australian Training Awards held in Brisbane this year.

Special congratulations go out to SPC ARDMONA, the AMWU and the National Food Institute for winning the Industry Collaboration Award.

From the Australian Training Awards website:

Traditionally on opposing sides of the bargaining table, SPC Ardmona and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union have collaborated to develop an induction-to-leadership training program for more than 2000 workers in the Goulburn Valley. All employees have had the opportunity to undertake Certificate I through to Certificate III courses, which have lead to nationally recognised qualifications in the areas of food processing and transport competencies.

Access to training has given all employees, both permanent and seasonal, the opportunity to develop workplace skills and transportable knowledge linked to national competencies from Certificate I through Certificate III. The two parties have collaborated very successfully, implementing training plans in conjunction with their registered training organisation, the National Food Institute, and with the financial support of government.

Click here for a list of all awards winners at the Australian Training Awards website.

Dairying around Australia

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

From the Dairyweb newsletter:

Gippsland cheesemaker Berry’s Creek Cheese has claimed international gold with its Moss Vale Blue – also judged the best Australian cheese at the Guild of Fine Foods event at Birmingham in the UK. A bronze medal went to the company’s Oak Blue cheese. In 2009 the small cheesery scored gold for its Tarwin Blue.

…ALSO: Enrolments for the NCDEA’s Vocational Graduate Certificate in Food Industry Management are now open. The course is a nationally accredited postgraduate focused program for staff wishing to obtain specialised training in dairy technology and manufacturing leadership. Contact NCDEA, Gilbert Chandler campus Werribee

Packaging leader calls for Australian government to adopt conducive approach to the food industry

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Australian Food News logoFrom the Australian Food News website:

One of Australia’s key industrialists, Anthony Pratt, who is chairman of the leading Australian packaging business Visy Industries, has called upon the Australian government to work with Australia’s food industry to boost production.

Speaking at a conference on food security yesterday in Shepparton, Victoria, Mr Pratt offered five ways he believes Australia can quadruple its food production:

  1. Accelerated depreciation should be introduced to encourage new manufacturing investments in food.
  2. Mr Pratt said that research money going to government agencies should be going instead to manufacturers of branded products like SPC and others who will bring investments forward. He said, “With the high Australian dollar, imports are increasing. We need innovation funds to help the SPCs of this world do different things that imports can’t, like innovating to make more fresh food [with] increased shelf life. High-pressure processing is expensive so we need funding to help capital projects get up that, without this help, won’t get up. SPC takes 20,000 tonnes of pears, so if it can build technology they can work with growers to have fresh sliced pear so we use up the pear over-capacity.”
  3. Reforming anti-dumping laws in Australia ought to be a priority. He said that by the time Australian manufacturers can gather enough evidence to prove their case, the damage has been done and another Australian food product exits the domestic market. He said Australia urgently needed a more level playing field against unfair below-cost dumping of overseas product into Australia.
  4. He called for the suspension of payroll tax that is imposed currently on food manufacturers.
  5. He called for the government’s ‘competition policy’ to be modified to allow greater industry consolidation to enhance profitability and encourage Australian companies to invest in Australia.

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

Almost half of Australians failing to eat their five-a-day vegetables

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

From the Australian Food News website:

Almost half of Australian adults are failing to meet the recommended daily intake of vegetables due to ‘lack of convenience’, according to a survey by kitchenware brand Tefal.

According to Tefal, the survey of 2,500 Australians revealed that 45 per cent of Australians failed to meet the recommended daily intake of five vegetable portions. Of these people, 39 per cent said that preparing and cooking vegetables wasn’t convenient as part of their busy lifestyle, and this was major impediment to vegetable consumption.

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

2012 Australian Grand Dairy Awards – Save the Date!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Dairy Awards logosThe date for the 2012 Australian Grand Dairy Awards has been confirmed – write it in your diaries!

The event will be held on Wednesday 14th March 2012 at Mural Hall, Myer Melbourne from 3-6pm.

Click here for more information on the awards on the Dairy Australia website.

Foodbank Awards announced: 4 Australian companies win accolades in combating hunger

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

From the Australian Food News website:

Australia’s hunger relief organisation, Foodbank Australia, has awarded four companies for their contribution towards tackling the pressing problem of hunger in Australia.

The Australian Dairy Industry, SPC Ardmona, Patties Foods and Lotterywest received Foodbank Awards at the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s (AFGC) Annual Industry Leaders’ Gala Dinner, held in Canberra on Wednesday 2 November 2011.

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

VET Fee and Funding Review

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

From the Essential Services Commission (email):

The Commission has now completed its review of the fee and funding model arrangements for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Victoria.

The Commission’s Report was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Finance on 11 October 2011.

The two volumes of the Report can be accessed on the Commission’s website.

Click here to access the report on the Essential Services Commission website.

FDF10 Version 2 Endorsed

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The FDF10 Food Processing Version 2 Training Package was endorsed by the National Skills Standards Council at its 26 October 2011 meeting.

It is expected that FDF10v2 will be published on on Friday 4th November.


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