It’s All Coming Together For The National Dairy Youth Camp

Young people from across the country are preparing to venture to Tatura Park in early January for the National Dairy All Breeds Youth Camp 2017.

With places filling fast, Event Organiser, Industry Trainer for GOTAFE National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDE), Lucy Galt said the Camp is set to be the best yet.

During the five day Camp, participants will develop their knowledge in handling dairy heifers, discuss breeding and discover new technology. Each participant will learn how to care for cattle, including daily feeding, watering, washing, grooming, clipping and monitoring.

Each year the event focusses on a particular theme. The theme for this camp has just been announced, Animal Health and Welfare, a follow on from last year’s theme Nutrition.

“Participants also learn judging, showing and clipping skills, take part in team activities and also peer judging of each other’s showmanship,” explained Ms Galt.

“Participants will develop their confidence in handling dairy Heifers, discuss breeding and new technology. Each participant is supplied with a Heifer and will learn how to care for the animal in the lead up to competition day”.

Holstein Australia is having a classifier attend the event who will be teaching the participants the structure of a cow and advise them on what judges are looking for when they are in the ring.

As the event is running in Tatura, Tatura Milk has organised a private factory tour for the camp. This is a great opportunity for participates to see a fully functioning Dairy factory operate.

“We would like to thank International Dairy Week and Dairy Australia for their support and significant contribution to the event, the supporters, volunteers and John Maher for donating his time to discuss show ethics. Our Major Sponsor, the Dairy Beef Alliance, Team Sponsors ABS Australia, Genetics Australia, Alta Genetics, Profit-a-bull and SEMEX. We would like to thank each of these organisations for their very generous sponsorships because without Sponsors the Camp can’t run.”

To register your interest in attending visit or call Lucy Galt on 0488 144 999. Register before October 30 to be in the draw to win a GOPRO.

GOTAFE Manager In Running For Boss Of The Year Title

GOTAFE General Manager Margie Fixter has been shortlisted for Boss of the Year Award for Australia & New Zealand.

Nominated by her Executive Assistant, Ms Fixter is described as a hard-working, energetic and enthusiastic person who is admired by all.

“Margie goes above and beyond. She has been instrumental in streamlining GOTAFE’s government and audit requirements. This year she spearheaded our latest project, opening two brand new Skills and Jobs Centres, enabling people to have greater access to job and training opportunities,” explained Anne-Marie Greenway, GOTAFE Executive Assistant.

“Margie is ultimately the most supportive boss I have ever had. She has opened up doors for me and encourages me to grow in my career.

“She has developed a system of hand-written ‘thank you’ notes which she sends to employees across the Institute, it’s fantastic to see them displayed with pride. Margie’s opinion is highly sought after within the Institute and I consider myself extremely lucky to be her EA.”

The GOTAFE General Manager for Education for two years, Ms Fixter is based at the Wangaratta Docker Street campus. Ms Fixter holds Masters Degrees in Public Management and Arts, Level 2 Coaching and is a qualified Trainer and Assessor. She has had a long career in the TAFE sector in Victoria and NSW and is passionate about people, superior leadership and lifelong learning.

Ms Fixter is a big believer in work-life balance and has enjoyed travelling to remote places around the world, including climbing mountains in Nepal and backpacking around India.

Ms Fixter is up against five other Finalists from across the country for the prestigious Boss of the Year title. The gala awards ceremony held by ExecutivePA Magazine will take place on Wednesday 26 October 2016 in Sydney.

GOTAFE would like to congratulate Margie on her achievement and wishes her all the best.

For more information about the award visit

GOTAFE Manager Named Finalist In 2016 Wurreker Awards


The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI) has announced their 2016 Award Winners, with GOTAFE Marketing Manager, Larissa Falla, a Finalist for the Public Sector Employee Category.

The annual Awards recognise and celebrate achievements of students, trainers, training providers and employers who have achieved outstanding results in their areas of knowledge and expertise.

Mrs Falla joined fellow finalists from across the state for a ceremony at the Aborigines Advancement League in Melbourne on Thursday 13 October 2016.

“I’m honoured to be nominated and shortlisted as I know there are a lot of deserving people out there doing great things within community.” she said.

A GOTAFE employee for 10 years, Mrs Falla has risen through the ranks from Trainee to managing the Marketing and Creative Services team at GOTAFE’s Shepparton Campus. Originally from Tropical North Queensland, Mrs Falla belongs to the Dulguburra Yidinji people, she moved to the Goulburn Valley while at secondary school and has raised her three children among Koorie culture.

Nominated by Natasha McCormick, GOTAFE Commercial Manager for Learning Skills Unit and the Centre for Koorie Education, the application highlights Mrs Falla’s involvement in the community, contribution to the improved performance of the organisation and the work she has done to increase cultural awareness among GOTAFE staff and students.

“Larissa is a well-respected Manager at GOTAFE and her views on cultural matters are highly regarded and regularly sought when planning the future activities of GOTAFE,” explained Ms McCormick.

“She is a firm believer in the importance of using education, training and employment as building blocks for the success of young Indigenous people. As an Indigenous woman in a managerial role, she is a role model for many.”

The Awards hope to provide an inspiring example of the potential of Indigenous people and communities.

For more information about VAEAI or the Wurreker Awards visit