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Designing an award-winning future for DAFF

The prestigious Good Design Awards has recognised Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Tobias and Thinkplace for two projects in ag policy and trade spaces.

The Compliance Capture and Compliance Insights digital tools and the Modern Workforce Management and Planning Practices Project were announced as winners on Friday 8 September.

Acting Deputy Secretary for Agricultural Trade Nicola Hinder PSM said the digital tools have reshaped the landscape of regulatory compliance by removing obstacles and improving services for exporters and for DAFF.

“The tools are the result of a partnership between Tobias, a strategic design and innovation consultancy and DAFF’s Taking Famers to Market program team,” Ms Hinder said.

“These tools give government a real opportunity to make it easier for producers and exporters to get their goods to overseas markets through a more streamlined export experience.

“I’m pleased to see hard work and collaboration recognised with this award.”

The Modern Workforce Management and Planning Practices Project, a project by strategic design consultancy, Thinkplace, provides practical support for agricultural employers for implementing modern workforce management and planning practices under the AgFAIR program.

Deputy Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Policy Rosemary Deininger said the project will help to strengthen the agriculture workforce for years to come.

“This award recognises the rigorous work it took to develop a set of practical tools and materials to assist employers to navigate disruptions and challenges in the labour market,” Ms Deininger said.

“Adoption of modern workforce management and planning practices will help reposition the agriculture sector as an employer of choice and assist in securing skilled workers in a highly competitive market.

Helping employers attract and retain staff will in turn help the agriculture sector get closer to its goal of being a $100 billion industry by 2030.”

The Australian Good Design Awards are the country’s oldest international awards for design and innovation, established in 1958.

Find out more about the Taking Farmers to Market project.

Find out more about the Modern Workforce Management and Planning Practices Project.

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