People and Community Development
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation, People and Community Development portfolio (PCD) invests in the people and communities that make up the dairy industry in Victoria from students to emerging industry leaders both on farm and in the service sector. Its vital that support is given to the industry by addressing skill and capability gaps, investing in education and training opportunities and developing future leaders.
Small rural and regional communities that make up the Victorian dairy regions can find it difficult to source funding for community facilities, infrastructure and initiatives. By supporting the community, is not only beneficial for community spirit and connection but also essential to attract and retain people in Victoria's dairy industry.
Applications for the 2018 Farm Business Management Program have now closed.
In partnership with the three Victorian Regional Development Programs (RDPs) this program offers scholarships for Victorian dairy farmers to further their training in risk management, business accumen and leadership. There are ten scholarships state-wide for mid-careeer dairy farmers to complete the Rabobank Executive Development Program (1 per RDP), Australian Owner Manager Program (2 per RDP) and the Australian Rural Leadership Program (1 statewide).
This initiative forms part of Gardiner Dairy Foundations commitment to investing in emerging leaders and practices. The Farm Business Management Program offers a unique opportunity for scholars to build on their current knowledge base and to share their learnings with the wider dairy industry.
Strategic importance to the industry
Dairy farm efficiency and profitability is critical to the long-term sustainability of the industry. Farm business management has been highlighted as an area with significant opportunity for improvement. The industry has gone through significant structural change over the last decade and farmers must be able to manage their businesses more efficiently, grow their profits and build their wealth within this more challenging environment. Significant opportunities exist in the international marketplace for farmers with the skills and know-how to succeed.
Over the past three years (2015-2017) the Gardiner Dairy Foundation has supported almost 30 dairy farmers, through the Farm Business Management Program to develop their management and leadership skills. A critical aim of this program is that this investment will not only benefit the scholars own businesses but the industry as a whole. Each of these farmers will be inducted into the Australian Dairy Leadership Alumni (ADLA) once they have graduated from their course.
To be successful applicants must be a farm owner looking to take their business to the next level. They must be willing to commit their time to complete the course but also demonstrate leadership development by giving back to the industry, ideally by sharing some of their learnings from the course. Finally, they must apply and be accepted into the course of their choosing, once they are through the Gardiner Dairy Foundation selection process.
Recipient Monash University
Project Lead Madeleine McManus
Partner organisations Fonterra Australia, Bega Cheese, Warrnambool Cheese & Butter, Burra Foods
Dairy manufacturers have indicated that they have difficulty recruiting highly skilled people to the dairy sector. This has subsequently impacted on the development of their engineering and other capabilities. This skill gap has been identified as an impediment to the future productivity and competitiveness of the industry.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation has taken a proactive approach to try and overcome this challenge by investing in the Monash University Team Initiative (MITI). This program places small multi-disciplinary teams of students with a dairy manufacturer to solve a specific company challenge over a 12 week period, during the university summer break.
MITI offers a unique opportunity for participating industry manufacturers to put forward a specific challenge in commercial confidence. Monash University and the manufacturer decide on a multi-disciplinary team of students at differing stages in their studies, who are embedded into the company and try to find a solution to this real world challenge.
Strategic importance to the industry
Involvement in the MITI program overcomes an identified industry skills gap by exposing, and hopefully attracting, high calibre engineering and information technology students to a career in the dairy industry. The program provides students with first-hand experience of sophisticated dairy processing facilities and an appreciation of what it's like to live and work in rural Victoria.
This initiative forms a major part of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation's commitment to Post-farm Gate innovation.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation has partnered with Monash University and a number of dairy manufacturers to source relevant industry related projects for the program. MITI provides dairy processors with access to high achieving students that can bring fresh eyes and imagination to an existing problem, a resource they wouldn't otherwise have. Industry participants in the 2015 and 2016 programs included Murray Goulburn, Fonterra, Warnambool Cheese and Butter, Bega and Burra Foods representing 90% of the states milk production.
Program achievements to date
Gardiner Dairy Foundation has supported 64 students through the program in 2015 and 2016.
Manufacturers have reported significant benefits to their organisations, as a result of work undertaken by the students. MITI teams have resolved issues for their dairy industry partners in; waste management, environmental impact, natural gas utilisation efficiency, heat regulation and milk powder product solubility.
In 2015 the partnership between Monash University and the Victorian dairy industry received a BHERT Award for Outstanding Excellence in Collaboration.
For more information 2015 MITI Pilot, MITI website
Nuffield Scholarships enable dynamic Australian farmers to travel internationally, expand their personal horizons and learn from leading agriculturalists around the world. Scholars visit innovative farmers to study global farming practices and bring new ideas and inspiration to farming businesses in Australia.
This initiative forms part of Gardiner Dairy Foundations commitment to building industry leadership capability, through our People Development portfolio. It aims to develop Victorian dairy farmers to ensure that the industry has the required leadership, knowledge and skills for long-term success.
Strategic importance to the industry
The Australian dairy industry needs to be competitive on a global scale. Dairy farmers associated with Nuffield are exposed to cutting-edge technology globally, that could transform dairy farming and the dairy industry in general. They develop their networks, approaches and confidence, and bring valuable innovation home to share their learnings with the wider dairy community and creating more successful businesses.
The global market has become increasingly competitive as the dairy capability and capacity of many nations has increased. The sustainability and growth of the Australian dairy industry depends on the ability of our famers to adopt new technologies and more efficient production practices.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation has partnered with Nuffield Australia to provide a Victorian dairy farmer with a Nuffield Farming Scholarship each year. This scholarship is a unique opportunity for a Victorian dairy farmer to experience agriculture from a global perspective, investigate their chosen agricultural topic, and to innovate on their own farms and within their dairy communities.
Successful applicants spend a total of 16 weeks travelling the world - including 6 weeks of group travel through the global powerhouses of agriculture, in countries such as China, India, Brazil, USA, Canada and through Europe. Scholars then travel for a further 10 weeks by themselves, tapping into Nuffields global network of farming scholars to drill down into a research topic of interest to them and of value to the industry. Importantly, they then become part of a powerful alumni network of scholars right around the world, providing life-long opportunities for further learning and friendship.
2020 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Nuffield Scholarship - NOW OPEN
Gardiner Dairy Foundation strategically invests to develop people and capability in the Victorian dairy industry. An important part of this investment each year is a fully funded opportunity for one Victorian Dairy Producer to complete a Nuffield Farming Scholarship. We are now seeking applicants for the 2020 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Nuffield Farming Scholarship.
Nuffield gives primary producers a life changing opportunity to travel overseas and study a topic of their choosing, related to primary production.
Download the Nuffield Farming Scholarship brochure to learn more about Nuffield and the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Scholarship opportunity. Click here to download the Nuffield brochure
Applications close on June 14 2019.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation visit the Nuffield Australia Website or email email@example.com for more information. Alternatively, please contact Gardiner Dairy Foundation Program Coordinator Ashley Eldridge firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 8621 2912.
For more information: Visit the Nuffield Website or Contact Gardiner Dairy Foundation
Partner organisation: United Dairyfarmers of Victoria
The New Zealand Study Tour is an annual tour for up to six high-potential Victorian dairy industry representatives to travel to New Zealand where they learn about the local dairy industry, build their networks and gain valuable insights into world-class farming practices.
This People Development initiative forms part of Gardiner Dairy Foundation's commitment to investing in emerging leaders and practices. It aims to attract and retain the next generation of dairy professionals by offering them an opportunity, early in their career, to see the industry as a desirable and rewarding place to work.
Strategic importance to the industry
The dairy industry needs to build leaders that are motivated to evolve its business and production systems to world class standards given that the industry is facing increased international competition.
Dairy farming in New Zealand is world class and it is highly valuable for young, career-minded Victorian dairy representatives to be exposed to the most impressive elements of this industry. The knowledge they gain assists them to initiate positive changes in the Australian industry. Delegates are encouraged to bring key learnings back home to improve local farming practices.
For many years Gardiner Dairy Foundation has been the sole funder of the New Zealand Study Tour. The tour provides young people from the Victorian dairy industry an opportunity to gain a broader perspective of agricultural systems and methods by visiting farmers, research organisations and industry leaders embedded in the New Zealand dairy industry.
Delegates visit dairy farms that are utilising a variety of farm systems and technologies, they tour dairy research and processing facilities, and they visit the Federated Farmers of New Zealand to learn about industry issues and advocacy work. They also visit agricultural sites and meet like-minded young people with a passion for the dairy industry.
Applications for the 2019 New Zealand Study Tour closed on the 15th October 2018.
To apply, please visit www.vff.org.au/UDVTour.
The Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants Program is run annually in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) which has been ongoing for 17 years. The purpose of these grants (up to $5,000 each) is to fund grass-roots community projects that strengthen small dairy communities.
Eligible applicants are community organisations with an ABN in Victorian dairying towns with a population under 5,000.
When applying for a grant, we strongly encourage applicants to download and use the Strengthening Small Dairy Communities Toolkit developed by Gardiner Dairy Foundation in 2012. This useful resources is full of practical tips, techniques, templates and further sources of information.
Potential grant applicants can also attend our Grant Seeker workshops which will be held in each of the three dairy regions in early 2019. Working through the Tool kit and providing useful insights for grant seekers not only to this program but for anyone who is seeking to write effective grant applications on behalf of their organisation. In February 2019 we ran three Grant Seeker workshops in Cohuna, Simpson and Bairnsdale. Location and dates of the 2020 grant seeker workshops will be announced in January 2020.
Strategic Importance to the Industry
A successful dairy industry needs the support of a strong local community. The aim of this program is to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities, by helping build their capacity to deal with local issues and enhance existing community infrastructure.
Every year Gardiner Dairy Foundation allocates $120,000 to support the continuation of this well regarded program.
Since it began in 2003 over $1.7 million has been successfully funded to 445 grants across the Victorian dairy community. On average every dollar invested by Gardiner Dairy Foundation receives additional leverage of $3.05 in cash or in-kind contributions.
2019 'Working in Dairy Communities' - Small Grants Program
Applications for the 2019 'Working in Dairy Communities' - Small Grants Program are currently closed and will reopen in February 2020.
Before applying, please review the Guidelines carefully. You can view the guidelines here.
To express your interest in applying for a grant, please contact FRRR on 1800 170 020 and www.frrr.org.au.
For more information View the 13-year snapshot of the program,
Media release 2015 Program, 2016 Program, 2017 Program, 2018 Program.
The dairy industry needs to attract, retain and develop talented people. Scholarships play a vital role in supporting high-potential rural students to gain the skills that will help to drive the industry forward and make their communities vibrant places to live.
This Community Development initiative forms part of the Gardiner Dairy Foundations commitment to investing in emerging leaders and practices. It aims to support high-calibre young people from dairy communities by giving them the opportunity to study at a tertiary level, before bringing their skills back home.
Strategic importance to the industry
Rural students face greater barriers to participation in higher education than their metropolitan counterparts. Many must move to a new city, which can cause significant financial pressures for students and their families.
Because of these and other barriers many young people in rural communities simply do not apply for tertiary studies. Research indicates that only 68% of rural students complete secondary school, compared with 87% of metropolitan students. Of those that do secure university places, a significant number drop out before completing their degree because of financial, social and geographical challenges.
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation offers tertiary scholarships of $10,000 per annum for 3 years to up to seven individuals pursuing a career that will directly benefit the dairy industry and/or a small dairy community. Seventeen tertiary scholarships are currently being funded to support university and TAFE students across the state.
2019 Tertiary Scholarship Program - Now Closed
Gardiner Dairy Foundation is proud to offer tertiary scholarships to up to seven individuals residing in Victorian dairy communities, commencing studies in 2019 to pursue a career that will either directly benefit the dairy industry and/or benefit dairy communities. Each scholarship is worth $10,000 per year and is available for the first three years of a scholar's University or TAFE course.
Online applications open: August 2018
Applications close: 5pm on Sunday, 28 October 2018
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s Vision is to continue to invest in emerging leaders and practices to help develop a long-term future for the dairy industry. Supporting rural people beginning tertiary study contributes to achieving this vision.
The Victorian dairy industry is an exciting industry with a multitude of career opportunities, employing approximately 50,000 people in diverse jobs ranging from engineering to international trade.
Applications are now invited from people who are:
- Pursuing a career through their chosen course that will either directly benefit the dairy industry and/or benefit dairy communities
- Commencing their first year of full-time tertiary study in 2019 (University or TAFE)
- Required to move away from home to take up their chosen course
- Australian citizens.
Applications will be assessed and shortlisted on the following criteria:
- Potential to make a positive contribution to the Victorian dairy industry or its rural communities
- Academic commitment and achievement
- Personal achievement and community involvement
Download Tertiary Scholarship Application Form 2019 (hard copy) - Applications are currently closed
Contact Gardiner Dairy Foundation
The Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs (VRCLPs) are designed to assist individuals to develop their leadership capacity and prepare them to transition into leadership roles.
This Community Development initiative forms part of the Gardiner Dairy Foundations commitment to investing in emerging leaders and practices. It aims to build the capability of dairy industry people so the industry has the required leadership, knowledge and skills for success.
Strategic importance to the industry
The dairy industry globally has seen significant change in recent times and there is every indication that the pace of change will continue, if not increase. Strong leadership will be required to navigate the Australian dairy industry and to ensure the industry is able to continually improve and maintain its international competitiveness.
Leadership programs are necessary to help build the capability the industry will need. The VRCLPs provide critical leadership training that is tailored to each specific region of Victoria and they are an important opportunity for dairy industry succession planning.
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation provides scholarships for up to 10 emerging dairy leaders (one dairy farmer and one service provider) each year, across the five key dairy regions of Victoria. The scholarships are available for programs offered by the Gippsland Community Leadership Program, Fairley Leadership Program (Goulburn Murray), Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program, Community Leadership Loddon Murray and Leadership Great South Coast.
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has been awarding VRCLP scholarships since 2004 and has funded over 60 scholars across the five programs over that period. Graduates often go on to join community groups or boards in managerial positions, and become involved strategic planning for their regions. They serve as role models and mentors within their communities and make a substantial contribution to the growth and fabric of the dairy community and their wider regional communities.
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation will once again be offering two dairy industry scholarships to each of the five Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs. Applications open in May for the Alpine Valleys Program and September for the Fairley Leadership, Leadership Great South Coast, Loddon-Murray Leadership and Gippsland Community Leadership Programs.
For more information visit your local Regional Community Leadership Program:
- Gippsland Community Leadership Program - Applications open in August 2019
- Leadership Great South Coast - Applications open in August 2019
- Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program - Applications open in August 2019
- Fairley Leadership Program - Applications open in August 2019
- Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program - Applications open in May 2019.
Partner organisations: Dairy Australia, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
The Australian Dairy Leadership Alumni (ADLA) has been established to bring together the graduates of five executive leadership programs. It aims to continue building their leadership capability and harness their intellectual capacity, energy and drive to improve the performance of the Australian dairy industry. Alumni are graduates of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, Nuffield Scholarship, Institute of Business Owners - Australian Owner Manager Program TM, Rabobank Executive Leadership Program and Horizon 2020 program.
This People Development initiative forms part of Gardiner Dairy Foundations commitment to invest in emerging leaders and industry practices. ADLA enables the dairy industry to build on its investment in these graduates by providing a platform for higher order thinking that will benefit their local community and the industry.
Strategic importance to the industry
The dairy industry has consistently invested in developing its future leaders. Approximately 80-90 people from the industry have been involved in leadership programs over the past 20 years. The knowledge and experience that recipients have gained through their learning and in the period since graduation is significant. Many alumni hold leadership positions within industry, agriculture, politics or the community, while others are on a clear path to take on these roles.
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation has partnered with Dairy Australia and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources to form the ADLA which runs an annual summit to bring alumni members together.
The summit provides participants with a unique opportunity to meet as a group, be inspired, build networks and strengthen their entrepreneurial and leadership spirits. It incorporates a series of events, forums and activities and provides an opportunity for the next generation of leaders to connect with the trailblazers from both inside and outside of the agricultural industry.