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AgriFood Skills Australia launches a new website

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The Victorian Food Industry Training Board works closely with the national Industry Skills Council, AgriFood Skills Australia. This is a recent update from them regarding a new website and opportunity to subscribe for e Publications, posted 26 March.

AgriFood Skills Australia has launched a new website. The website is designed to be a new platform for online exchange and give stakeholders the opportunity to be part of the conversation.

Please note: to continue to receive E-publications from AgriFood including the Daily Parliamentary Bulletin and monthly newsletter, you will need to register as a member to the new website.

Registering as a member of our new website will give you access to a number of features including, online AgriFood groups, AgriFood and Training Package updates, online AgriFood forums, survey registration and the ability to keep an updated profile with AgriFood.

Click here to view the new website and to register as a new member on the AgriFoods Skills Australia website.


Anzac biscuits factory looking forward to a new future

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

From the Australian Food News website 14 March:

A Melbourne factory that manufactures the ‘Australian Anzac’ brand of biscuits has been rescued from closure by a consortium of investors.

The Broadmeadow’s biscuit factory was bought from Unibic this week by a consortium called the Modern Baking Company. Unibic went into voluntary administration earlier this month, as reported by Australian Food News. As well as the household Australian biscuit brand, 170 jobs were saved at the factory.

“Anzac” biscuits are made using rolled oats, flour, desiccated coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and boiling water. It has been claimed the biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad during the First World War because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation.

Four per cent of sales from official Unibic Anzac biscuits was being donated to the Returned and Services League of Australia, a support organisation for those who have served or are serving in the Australian Defence Force.

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


Skills for All Australians – federal Skills Reform package announced

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

From the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) website:

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard today announced a Skills Reform package for States and Territories to reform the national vocational education and training system to address skills shortages across the economy.

Information on the package can be found on the DEEWR website, and includes information on supporting students to attain the skills needed and building a strong workforce for Australia’s small businesses.
Click here to access the documents on the DEEWR website.


Congratulations to the 2012 Australian Grand Dairy Award Winners

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

that's amore cheese

From the Dairy Australia website:

On Wednesday 14th March 2012 in Melbourne, the ‘best of the best’ Australian dairy products received their crowning glory at Dairy Australia’s 2012 Australian Grand Dairy Awards. Nineteen Champions and two Grand Champions were awarded in front of members and supporters of the dairy industry from around the country. (Ed’s note – both Grand Champions from Gippsland)

The awards also recognised the pioneering people who create those products and in recognition of the 2012 Australian Year of the Farmer, Dairy Australia’s 13th Australian Grand Dairy Awards paid tribute to inspiring people and motivational stories from within the dairy industry.

The Grand Champion Winners are:

2012 Grand Champion Cheese – Maffra Cloth Aged Cheddar, Maffra Cheese Co (VIC)

2012 Grand Champion Dairy – Gippsland Dairy Pure Double Cream, Bead Foods (VIC)

The 2012 AGDA Champion Cheese Winners are:

Champion Fresh Unripened Cheese – That’s Amore Burrata, That’s Amore Cheese (VIC)

Champion Cheddar-Style Cheese – Maffra Cloth Aged Cheddar, Maffra Cheese Co (VIC)

Champion Washed Rind Cheese – King Island Dairy Stormy, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)

Champion White Mould Cheese – Tasmanian Heritage Signature Camembert, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)

Champion Hard Cheese – Puglia Pecorino Romano, The Fresh Cheese Co (VIC)

Champion Flavoured Cheese – Barambah Organics Labna with Fennel & Sea Salt, Barambah Organics (QLD)

Champion Semi-Hard and Eye Cheese – Tasmanian Heritage St Claire, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)

Champion Blue Cheese – King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)

Champion Goat’s or Sheep’s Milk Cheese – Woodside Monet, Woodside Cheese Wrights (SA)

The 2012 AGDA Champion Dairy Winners are:

Champion Natural Yogurt – Mundella Premium Natural Yoghurt, Mundella Foods (WA)

Champion Flavoured Yogurt – Gippsland Dairy Blueberry Twist Yogurt, Bead Foods (VIC)

Champion Ice Cream – Cocolat Pistachio Ice Cream, Cocolat (SA)

Champion Dairy Gelato – Caffe e Gelato Milany Banana Gelato, Caffe e Gelato Milany (QLD)

Champion Dairy Dessert – King Island Dairy Belgian Chocolate Crème Dessert, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)

Champion Milk – Pura Original Milk, Lion Dairy & Drinks (VIC)

Champion Specialty White Dairy Drink – Sungold O’ Frothy One, Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory (VIC)

Champion Flavoured Dairy Drink – Oak Egg Nog, Parmalat (SA)

Champion Cream – Gippsland Dairy Pure Double Cream, Bead Foods (VIC)

Champion Butter or Butter Blend – Tatura Continental Unsalted Butter, Tatura Milk Industries (VIC)

Click here for more information on the Awards on the Dairy Australia website.
Click here for the Recipe Book featuring the winning entries on the Dairy Australia website.


Time to nominate for Victorian Training Awards

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

From the Department of Higher Education and Skills (email):

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall today called on Victorians undertaking and providing vocational training and education to nominate for the 2012 Victorian Training Awards.

“Nominating and winning one of these coveted awards is a great way to celebrate the achievements and success of students, apprentices, trainees, teachers, businesses and training providers that are contributing to Victoria’s highly successful vocational education and training (VET) system,” Mr Hall said.

“They provide a showcase of VET in Victoria – with nominees and winners alike given extra kudos and the opportunity to further their chosen career or trade.

“Winners of most awards are also eligible to represent Victoria at the 2012 Australian Training Awards held later in the year in Melbourne

“The winners from last year have used the awards as an important career boost – with many going on to even better and brighter things.”

Last year The Gordon won the Victorian VET Client Service/Support Excellence Award for their Skills Recognition Centre.

The ultimate goal of The Gordon Recognises Geelong campaign was to improve the institute’s skill recognition process. The initiative came out of the knowledge that there were many people working in Geelong with great skills but no formal qualifications. In response to this trend, a three-day event was held to inform people about their options for having their skills formally recognised and encouraged them on to further study.

“Winning a Victorian Training Award in both 2010 and 2011 has been a wonderful achievement for The Gordon. To receive state recognition last year with the VET Client Service/Support Excellence Award was great acknowledgment for the benefits that skills recognition can bring to the Geelong community. Nominating for these awards is also a fantastic opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of staff who are the backbone of both large and small training organisations,” said Gordon CEO, Grant Sutherland.

Click here for more information on the Victorian Training Awards on the Victorian Training Awards website.


Victorian Government teams up with Jamie Oliver to tackle obesity

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

From the Australian Food News website, 7 March:

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was joined yesterday by Minister for Health David Davis to announce the launch of Jamie’s Ministry of Food as part of the Victorian Government’s new campaign to tackle obesity – the ‘Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise’ (VHEE).
The Baillieu Coalition Government is partnering with The Good Foundation to set up Jamie’s Ministry of Food, a cooking and nutrition education program, in Victoria.
The Government has committed AU$2.87 million to establish Jamie’s Ministry of Food in Victoria, with a further AU$2.54 million from The Good Foundation through its partners. The Good Foundation was founded in 2010 by electrical retailer The Good Guys to focus on programs and projects that promote good health and nutrition, with the first priority program being Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia.
The location for the first Victorian Ministry of Food centre is yet to be decided. However it will be in one of the 12 ‘prevention areas’ in the State.
Jamie Oliver was approached by The Good Guys to bring the concept to Australia to address the rising levels of obesity and the epidemic of diet related disease the country is facing.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was joined yesterday by Minister for Health David Davis to announce the launch of Jamie’s Ministry of Food as part of the Victorian Government’s new campaign to tackle obesity – the ‘Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise’ (VHEE).

The Baillieu Coalition Government is partnering with The Good Foundation to set up Jamie’s Ministry of Food, a cooking and nutrition education program, in Victoria.

The Government has committed AU$2.87 million to establish Jamie’s Ministry of Food in Victoria, with a further AU$2.54 million from The Good Foundation through its partners. The Good Foundation was founded in 2010 by electrical retailer The Good Guys to focus on programs and projects that promote good health and nutrition, with the first priority program being Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia.

The location for the first Victorian Ministry of Food centre is yet to be decided. However it will be in one of the 12 ‘prevention areas’ in the State.

Jamie Oliver was approached by The Good Guys to bring the concept to Australia to address the rising levels of obesity and the epidemic of diet related disease the country is facing.

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


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