Key Documents

Measurement of profitability on Australian dairy farms

This paper on historical trends and future targets in dairy farm profitability was published on 14 February 2020. It is an appendix document of the draft Australian Dairy Plan, which is expected to be finalised and released in April 2020. The paper proposes a new profit target for dairy farms and highlights the proportion of farms currently operating below and above this level and differences between regions.

Read the Measurement of profitability on Australian dairy farms paper.

Feedback on this paper can be provided as part of overall feedback on the draft Australian Dairy Plan 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

The Joint Transition Team’s (JTT) recommendations on reform of industry structures and advocacy arrangements 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 contact@dairyplan.com.au. 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.

Read the Joint Transition Team Report. Refer to the Q&A document for any questions relating to the report.

A media release has also been distributed with further details.

Draft Australian Dairy Plan

A draft Australian Dairy Plan published on 6 December 2019 sets out a series of commitments aimed at rebuilding the confidence of dairy businesses in the industry’s future, creating unity, and lifting profitability across the dairy supply chain. The final document will be released in April 2020 and will include the recommendations of the Joint Transition Team on industry structure and advocacy arrangements. Feedback on the draft 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

Read the draft Australian Dairy Plan.

A media release has also been distributed with further details.

The draft document contains a number of Appendices comprising individual reports produced by the Australian Dairy Plan Committee during the development of the plan. These individual reports are available below.

Appendix A - Growth Scenarios Paper (December 2019)

This paper represents a body of work commissioned to inform and stimulate discussion about the scope for the Australian dairy industry to grow. Read the Growth Scenarios Paper.

Appendix B - Australian Dairy Situation Analysis (May 2019)

The Australian Dairy Situation Analysis provides an overview of key dairy industry issues and conditions across a range of metrics including farm profitability, milk production and global competitive position. Read the Australian Dairy Situation Analysis.

Appendix C - Key Themes from Stakeholder Engagements (July 2019)

This paper provides a summary of the key insights from over 20 consultation workshops held the country between May and June 2019 and attended by more than 1,500 people from across the industry. Read the Engagements Summary.

Appendix D - National Workshop - Summary of Workshop Outputs (July 2019)

A National Workshop took place in Melbourne on 30 –31 July 2019 to review key findings from the regional consultation workshops. This report summarises the Workshop proceedings including the key decisions and outcomes. Read the Workshop Output document.

Appendix E - Key Directions Statement (October 2019)

The Key Directions Statement highlights key directions and commitments for delivering transformational change and a more profitable, united and confident industry. It summarises progress in the plan’s development and five commitments identified during the consultation phase. Read the Key Directions Statement.