Update on organisational reform process

Dear Dairy Industry Stakeholder,

Developing a new and improved industry structure is an important commitment of the Australian Dairy Plan. The design process for this proposed structure is progressing, and I wanted to provide you with an update, including the expected consultation period.

Ernst & Young has been leading the design process in conjunction with the three industry partners of the Organisation Reform Steering Committee (Australian Dairy Farmers, Australian Dairy Products Federation and Dairy Australia), together with former Meat and Livestock Australia Managing Director David Palmer – who has been supporting the engagement process.

The Organisational Reform Steering Committee are currently reviewing documentation prepared during the design process on fundamental items that will feed into a proposed operating model.

Reform comes with complexities and will require whole of industry support to be successful. After much consideration, we have decided to delay the consultation on a proposed model until the first quarter of 2021, when there will be ample opportunities for everyone across the industry to have their say.

For further detail on the next steps in the design and engagement process, please refer to the reform phases:


Organisational Reform Phases



Exploring reform (work of the Joint Transition Team)



Establishing the pathway to reform



Industry and government engagement on reform challenges


Design of reform operating model option


Industry consultation on reform model option



Industry vote on reform model and final outcome determined

We appreciate the significant input we are receiving from industry stakeholders and will continue to provide updates. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by email if you have any questions at contact@dairyreform.com.au.

Kind regards,

Terry Richardson

President of Australian Dairy Farmers and
Chair of the Organisational Reform Steering Committee


*Organisational Reform Steering Committee comprises of two Directors from the following Dairy Plan partner organisations: Australian Dairy Farmers, Australian Dairy Products Federation and Dairy Australia.

All communications from this committee will be distributed to the subscriber database of this email. For questions or input contact the Organisational Reform Steering Committee contact@dairyreform.com.au.