The evolution of the industry and the trend towards larger farms provides opportunities for those interested in agriculture to forge a successful career.
Dairy Australia works to boost awareness to prospective people in dairy on what a career in the industry could look like.
The Stepping Stones resource kit is an overview of dairy career paths and opportunities on-farm, widely used across education and extension activities.
Access the Stepping Stones resource kit at The People in Dairy website.
Schools programs such as Dairy Australia’s Cows Create Careers provide young people in regional locations the opportunity to learn more about what a career in dairy can offer.
Cows Create Careers has been delivered to more than 15,000 high school students over 15 years.
To find out more about school programs in your region, contact your local Regional Development Program.
Young Dairy Network
Dairy Australia plays an active role in engaging and building a network of young people who work on farms through the Young Dairy Network. Through this network, they are provided the opportunity to develop skills to further their career in dairy.
Over 2,500 young people have been able to connect through the Dairy Australia Young Dairy Network, providing access to training for both the technical and non-technical aspects of dairy.
How to get involved
You can participate in any of the Young Dairy Network activities in your region including farm walks, social events, workshops, leadership programs and tours.
Reach out to your Regional Development Program or complete the online form to sign up and get involved.
Dairy NSW YDN
Dairy NSW is developing sub-regional networks to support and foster the development of young people in the industry.
Visit the Facebook page or contact regional YDN supervisor Greg Duncan on 0477 044 047 for more information on how to get involved.
The Gippsland YDN organises events to develop your dairy farm knowledge and skills, improve information flow, provide leadership opportunities and develop a strong network of over 400 young people.
Visit the Facebook page or contact regional YDN coordinator Sarah Cornell on 0437 400 316 for more information on how to get involved.
Murray Dairy YDN
The Murray Dairy YDN supports young people to develop capacity and capability to succeed in their chosen industry role.
Visit the webpage, visit the Facebook page or contact regional YDN coordinator Harriet Bawden on 0488 787 849 for more information.
WestVic Dairy YDN
Contact regional YDN coordinator Heidi Van Es on 0459 227 337 for more information.
The South Australian YDN conducts regional discussion groups, study tours, workshops, forums and training.
Visit the Facebook page or contact regional YDN coordinator Rebecca Hehir on 0418 951 324 for more information.
Subtropical Dairy YDN
The Subtropical YDN operates across six regions in Queensland and northern NSW, with local coordinators who work with young farmers to deliver social and training activities.
Visit the Facebook page or contact your regional YDN coordinator for more information.
- Brie Bratfield in Far North Queensland on 0448 245 894
- Alicia Richters in the Darling Downs, South East Queensland and NSW Far North Coast on 0427 916 650
- Kylie Dennis on the Sunshine Coast on 0456 191 965
- Heath Cook on the NSW Mid-North Coast on 0477 047 960.
The Tasmanian YDN operates across the three main dairy regions in the north-east, central, and north-west and Circular Head regions.
Visit the Facebook page or contact regional YDN coordinator Jacki Hine on 0429 698 168 for more information.
Western Dairy YDN
The WA YDN brings together young farmers from across the region's 160 dairy farm businesses, for a range of activities.
Visit the Facebook group or contact regional YDN coordinator Jessica Andony on 08 9724 2420 for more information.
DairyPath is being currently piloted and is a program focused on young people in the industry, providing mentoring, career guidance and support in helping them develop a career in dairy.
Applications are currently closed but for more information on the program, visit The People in Dairy website.
The dairy industry offers scholarships to attract people to the industry and to provide people already working in the industry with opportunities for development.
Dairy Science Travel Grants
Dairy Australia's Dairy Science Travel Grant grows capability across the Australian dairy industry by helping dairy researchers and service providers who are early in their career, and PhD students, to build networks and knowledge in their chosen field.
Participants have the opportunity to attend the American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting.
Applications for the 2019 grants have now closed.
Nuffield awards primary producers annual scholarships to support overseas travel and study. Dairy Australia provides for one dairy industry scholarship.
For more information, visit Nuffield Australia.
Churchill Fellowships are open to anyone who would like to explore successful practices in other countries, after examining available options in Australia.
For more information, visit Churchill Fellowships.
Collaboration with education providers
Dairy Australia works with TAFEs and other registered training providers to develop courses for those interested in furthering a career in dairy or to build skills for people working on farms.
Courses include education around on-farm skills like milking processes and mastitis prevention, to pasture management and farm business management.