Excellence award for the DAFF project Biosecurity training college in Wagga Wagga

  • Wilmott, Ingrid (Recipient)

    Prize: AwardInternal award


    Jacquie Tinkler, Rebecca Acheson, Kathy Needham, Stephen Moore, Ryun Fell, Brooke Thornton, Ingrid Willmot, Peter Vitez, Sue Wilson, Gareth Charles Smart, Amita Krautloher What the nomination was for:

    Charles Sturt officially partnered with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry DAFF this year to establish a Biosecurity Training Centre BTC to develop and deliver a new Biosecurity Foundations Program to meet the growing need for Australian Biosecurity Officers BSO’s. Charles Sturt’s world-class research in biosecurity and DLT’s expertise in quality educational design was central to the success of our bid for this partnership, and central to its continuing success.
    The DLT team have: -Developed a customised and hybrid biosecurity training program within very tight time-constraints, using a collaborative approach with key stakeholders from both DAFF and Charles Sturt -Built and consolidated relationships with key DAFF stakeholders to refine, evaluate and further develop the training program in the regularly-changing and complex area biosecurity -Worked with Charles Sturt academics to incorporate world-leading biosecurity research into a program that will impact all new Biosecurity Officers in Australia, using contemporary learning design approaches and technologies. Why it is Excellence Award worthy: Since July, the BFP program has been offered to approximately 120 Biosecurity Officers.

    The DLT team is now working closely with key DAFF subject-matter experts and CSU academics to develop additional creative and innovative approaches to biosecurity training, building on the BFP foundations. This need for timely, agile, and responsive learning design has been influential in our own thinking about ways to offer such customised short course programs and micro-credentials to current and future government and industry partners. Developing the previous training program from paper-based formats to a new hybrid online and on-campus learning experience for DAFF personnel has had particular impact for this partnership. This approach to learning design has had significant impact for DAFF as they have been able to increase the program’s capacity to train additional BSO’s, currently of significant importance given the urgent government concerns for new biosecurity hazards such as Foot and Mouth Disease.