Consultation Summary

Over 1,000 farmers, service providers, processors, retailers, investors and other key stakeholders, participated in over 20 consultation workshops across dairying regions, one-on-one interviews, and via an online forum OurSay, from May through to July 2019.

Key findings were discussed at a two day National Workshop in Melbourne at the end of July attended by 140 representatives from across the industry, where key themes for positive change were agreed:

  • Transformational change to reform industry structures and strengthen advocacy to be more effective, united and efficient
  • New measures to increase transparency and help manage market risk including the establishment of a functioning milk price market and new risk measures backed by government legislation
  • A significant increase in marketing and promotion to ensure the community values dairy products, the dairy industry and dairy farmers
  • Increased effort and new initiatives to attract and support the next generation of farmers
  • A heightened focus on building farmer capability and increasing and stabilising margins on farms through measures to improve productivity and improve farm costs.

A six to eight person Joint Transition Team (JTT) will be established and tasked to develop new options for the restructure of industry and advocacy arrangements.

Peak industry groups are working to put the detail of the Plan together with a draft to be developed in October 2019.

Summary of National Workshop outputs

Download a summary document of key outputs and presentation slides from the Australian Dairy Plan National Workshop on 30-31 July 2019 in Melbourne.

Summaries of Regional Workshops

Download individual summaries of these regional workshops during May and June 2019.

  • Koroit (Vic)
  • Cobden (Vic)
  • Colac (Vic)
  • Cohuna (Vic
  • Tatura (Vic)
  • Finley (Vic)
  • Wodonga (Vic)
  • Bega (NSW)
  • Nowra (NSW)
  • Taree (NSW)
  • Muswellbrook (NSW)
  • Gympie (QLD)
  • Toowoomba (QLD)
  • Malanda (QLD)
  • Lismore (NSW)
  • Mt Gambier (SA)
  • Mt Barker (SA)
  • Bunbury (WA)
  • Warragul (Gippsland)
  • Maffra (Gippsland)
  • Leongatha (Gippsland)
  • Smithton (Tasmania)
  • Deloraine (Tasmania)
  • Wagga (NSW)
  • Forbes (NSW)