Progress Update

Much has been achieved in the first year of the Dairy Plan and delivery against the key commitments and ongoing programs of work including policy leadership, sustainability and market development. Key highlights are summarised in this progress update.

These include:

  • Increased transparency on farmgate milk pricing across the country with the launch of the Milk Value Portal

  • Attracted and supported new people to the industry by advocating for dairy workers to government and launching new initiatives. These included the Pathway for People in Dairy program (which connected 5,500 people to career resources), the Dairy Learning Plan at universities, and the Dairy Farm Managers program.

  • To encourage investment, the industry has created a new program, Deep Dive, Informed Investment in Dairy. The program helps give potential investors the information, context, strategies and support structures they need to make confident decisions around dairy industry investments. 

  • Greater ability to drive farm profit through two new business calculators. 

  • Laying the groundwork for new milk trading options, including a functioning futures market, ahead of an anticipated launch in 2022. 

  • Expansion of the Our Farm, Our Plan program to all dairying regions. 

  • New large-scale marketing campaign focussed on buying Aussie Dairy. Dairy Matters Support Aussie Dairy campaign demonstrates an effective method for collaboration and co-investment through the supply chain. 

  • Partner organisations are assessing options for procedural and governance changes to existing structures to strengthen leadership, unity and clarity of purpose – including a stronger, well-resourced Australian Dairy Industry Council.

The Australian Dairy Plan Committee and its partner organisations will continue to work together to ensure progress is made on all the commitments and ongoing programs outlined in the Dairy Plan. We look forward to providing further updates in 2022 as we work towards delivering on industry priorities, so that we can achieve long-term profitability, confidence and unity across the supply chain.