App gets updated to help dairy farm workers learn on the job

By Rodney Woods

Recently hired dairy industry workers will be able to learn the skills and knowledge needed in their new field in an easier way, with the launch of an app supported by the Victorian Government's Agriculture Workforce Plan.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes launched the updated Dairy Passport app developed by Dairy Australia, which is now available on desktop, iPhone and Android devices.

Dairy Passport provides coaching guides, learning modules and support resources as employees are inducted during their first 90 days on the job.

Victorian dairy farmers will also have access to a capability coach to provide additional training support.

The app provides an easier way for employers looking to quickly and safely develop workers’ skills, while providing the knowledge and capabilities needed for on-farm roles.

Topics covered include farm safety, animal handling and essential tasks such as milking.

“The Victorian Government's support has enabled us to rapidly develop new induction and training resources for Dairy Passport, designed to help farmers safely employ newcomers to the industry at short notice,” Dairy Australia managing director David Nation said.

Dairy Australia's development of the Dairy Passport app has been supported by $715,000 from the Victorian Government.