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Road tanker operators to benefit from national training program

  • Posted on Friday 26th, June 2020.

The Australian dairy industry and training providers are launching a program to improve efficiencies in milk transportation while ensuring consistent protocols are followed for food hygiene and safety.

Milk tank operators, reportedly in an industry first initiative, will be able to obtain a nationally accredited, transferrable qualification through the Milk Tanker Operators Short Course.

The course has been developed to provide standardised national training and has resulted from collaboration between Dairy Australia, milk processors, milk haulage companies and training providers including GoTafe Victoria.

GoTafe Victoria is providing the course twice in the second half of 2020. The first runs from 13 July to 2 October and the second from 14 September to 4 December. 

The course is reported to be priced at $850, is attended online and takes three months on a part-time basis to complete.

The program was initiated on the back of calls from industry as milk swaps increased, alongside the outsourcing of milk collections, the use of milk transfer stations and movement of tanker drivers between regions and companies.

With different protocols across the supply chain, haulage companies were having to provide up to 20 inductions for new drivers.

Successful completion of the training course will enable all accredited tanker operators, whether they represent a processor or a contractor, to collect milk from any farm at any time, and deliver to any processing site at any time, making the transport of milk more efficient and ensuring the highest standards of milk quality are maintained.

The course is being offered through registered training providers around the country, with participants required to complete practical web-based learning and to demonstrate their skills on the job.

Upon completion of the course, participants gain formal recognition of their competencies and training.

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