2017 Australian Training Awards – Medium Employer of the Year Award category

Darwalla Team: David Greaves (Chief Executive Officer), Gwynneth Brauns (Compliance Officer), Juan Corredor (Human Resources and Quality Manager), Anna Blackley (Human Resources Coordinator) and Simon Flack (Continuous Improvement Manager)

At the National Convention Centre in Canberra the Australian Training Awards 2017 were held which acknowledge businesses, registered training organisations and individuals for their contribution to the vocational education and training sector. The  “Medium Employer of the Year 2017”  Award was presented to the Darwalla Group of Queensland.  This award category recognises medium size businesses that have achieved excellence in the provision of nationally recognised training to its employees. Darwalla Group was awarded the Medium Employer of the Year for showcasing best practice, promoting continuous improvement and for innovation in the design and delivery of training.

Darwalla Group is the largest Queensland owned poultry producer. The Benfer Family commenced operations at Mt Cotton in 1933 and today grow in excess of 25 million live chickens per year throughout South East Queensland and NSW. Darwalla also own fifty percent of the Golden Cockerel processing and marketing operation based at Mt Cotton.

What started as a small family business has developed into an efficient, highly specialised operation, directly employing around 200 people, engaging several contractors, and supporting the employment of many more at the processing plants they supply.

Darwalla is a fully integrated poultry producer with breeding, hatching and growing facilities supported by feed milling, catching and transport operations. Their focus on quality and adherence to the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme ensures that they are highly regarded within the industry.

With a firm belief that employees are its most valuable asset, Darwalla Group assists employees in reaching their full potential through education. All staff members undergo training including non-accredited internal programs and accredited courses in poultry production, leadership and management. Upskilling existing workers has prepared these individuals for their current and future roles with the business and improved safety for everyone involved.

2. Receiving the award: Juan Corredor (Human Resources and Quality Manager), David Greaves (Chief Executive Officer) and The Hon John Barilaro (MP Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales, Minister for Skills, and Minister for Small Business)

Congratulations to the Darwalla Group on winning the “Medium Employer of the Year 2017” award in the Queensland and Australian Training awards an exceptional achievement.