The Australian Dairy Plan will set priorities for the dairy industry for the next five years and beyond to create a more profitable, confident and united Australian dairy industry.

Key themes for change

The dairy industry has come together and voiced its views about what is needed to shape the future of Australian dairy. Over 1,500 farmers, service providers, processors, retailers, investors and other key stakeholders participated in nationwide consultation for the Australian Dairy Plan from May through to July 2019. Find out about common themes from the consultation phase.

Draft Australian Dairy Plan

The draft Australian Dairy Plan was published on 6 December 2019 and a final version is expected to be released in April 2020. Feedback on the can be submitted until Monday 2 March 2020 either online or in writing to Australian Dairy Plan Feedback, Australian Dairy Industry Council, Orion House, Level 2, 22 William Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000.

Joint Transition Team Report

A Joint Transition Team (JTT) was formed as part of the Australian Dairy Plan, in response to overwhelming feedback from across the dairy industry during the consultation phase about the need for transformational change to industry structures and advocacy arrangements. The JTT’s recommendations were published in a report on 29 January 2020. The feedback period for the JTT report will extend beyond 2 March 2020 and a due date will be provided shortly. Dairy businesses can provide their feedback to organisations they are members of (such as state farming organisations and Australian Dairy Farmers, or the Australian Dairy Products Federation) and/or organisations that deliver levy-based services (Dairy Australia and Regional Development Programs). Direct feedback to the Australian Dairy Plan Committee is also welcome and can be sent to There will be a vote, ideally held mid-year, to endorse a new industry structure. The intention is for the changes to be implemented by 1 July 2021.

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  • About

    The Australian Dairy Plan will be formed from the collective views of each region and member of the industry.

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  • Consultation Summary

    A summary of the workshops, interviews and OurSay forum consultations.

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  • Key Documents

    Key directions and commitments for delivering transformational change.

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