Leading organisational reform

The Australian Dairy Plan identified five key commitments to deliver increased industry profitability, confidence and unity. This includes reforming industry structures to create a more cohesive dairy industry and strengthen our influence with key stakeholders. 

The Dairy Plan partner organisations appointed a Joint Transition Team to consider options for industry reform. A proposal to create a single, whole of industry body combining advocacy and industry services subsequently underwent an extensive design and industry consultation process led by the Organisational Reform Steering Committee and it was decided not to proceed with this model. 

The industry reform process is now being taken forward by the three reform partner organisations - Australian Dairy Farmers, Australian Dairy Products Federation and Dairy Australia - to drive through different aspects of the reform sought by people across the industry. This includes opportunities to boost dairy farmer representation, increase transparency around research, development and extension priority setting and involve processing companies in industry wide initiatives. 

Steps towards industry reform include: 

  • Australian Dairy Farmers to consider how to optimise policy and advocacy development at a national and state level, together with funding arrangements.  

  • Dairy Australia will commit to greater resourcing for strategic policy development and enhanced transparency for RD&E priority setting. 

  • Australian Dairy Products Federation will facilitate and promote opportunities for collaboration and co-investment by processors on whole of supply chain interests.