Labour standards and practice
Workforce planning and action for the Australian dairy industry 2009
Client: Dairy Australia
The WRC has been working with Dairy Australia to trial a methodology for regional workforce planning. People capability is a burgeoning issue for the dairy farming industry, as farm size is increasing at the same time that farmers are struggling to retain family members on farm. Using the West Gippsland area in Victoria as a pilot, the project team developed recommendations that the local industry can now use to support funding applications and future business development. The research involved three stages: mapping the local labour market, surveying farmers to determine the characteristics of current and future demand, and mapping possible links between the local dairy industry and employment services institutions and training providers. One aim of the project was to equip the dairy industry to replicate the research in other regions. To support this, the WRC developed a customised data warehouse of labour supply data and a one-page survey of labour demand that has already generated considerable interest from other groups.