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  • Gardiner Dairy Foundation is a not for profit organisation that invests in research, development & extension, people capability and community development to benefit the Victorian dairy industry and dairy communities.


    With the unfolding circumstances relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation is implementing a range of measures to ensure that we continue to actively support the Victorian dairy industry and communities, while at the same time protecting the health and well-being of our employees, stakeholders and the broader community.

    Click here to find out more about our response.

    Learn more about Gardiner Dairy Foundation's role in the Victorian dairy industry.

    Current Opportunities

    Australian Rural Leadership Program

    Gardiner offers funding for one dairy recipient to join the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) each year. Applications are open to farm owners, managers, employees and contractors.

    Applications are now open and close 14 August


    Nuffield Farming Scholarship

    Gardiner offers funding for one Victorian dairy farmer to join the Nuffield Farming Scholarship program. It is an opportunity to gain a global perspective on agriculture and food and fibre production.

    Applications are now open and close 11 September


    Upcoming Opportunities

    Leadership Great South Coast

    Two places in the Leadership Great South Coast Program are offered each year to regionally based people working on Victorian dairy farms, in dairy processing or as service providers.

    Applications open 1 August


    Latest News

    Our latest media releases, articles, stories and events

    Dairy communities receive over $120,000 in grants

    The Working in Dairy Communities (WIDC) Small Grants program, which is run in a partnership between the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and Gardiner Dairy Foundation, has awarded $121,584 in grants to support 26 projects in Victoria's three...

    From ‘townie’ to farming

    “I’ve been very lucky all the way along to have really good employers,” says Gippsland dairy farmer, Katherine Byrne. “As an outsider, they have all been very good at teaching me and encouraging me to gain knowledge.” Growing up as...

    Making his way in dairy

    How do you get into the dairy industry if you’re not from a dairy farming family? Peter Kerr grew up in suburban Melbourne and had family friends in dairy farming. He spent holidays and other free time on the farm....

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