Questions and Answers

The questions and answers below provide further information about the vision for the Australian Dairy Plan, including the industry wide consultation process.

The Australian Dairy Plan Terms of Reference also provide clarity on the purpose and scope of the Plan and how it will be developed.

  • Copy Link What is the Australian Dairy Plan?

    The Australian Dairy Plan will bring the whole Australian dairy industry together, establish a clear vision, purpose and strategy, and set a course for the next five years and beyond.

    The development of the plan will involve a consultation program to seek the views of farmers and dairy communities across Australia to define priorities and help establish a national roadmap of how the industry will best navigate the immediate, medium and long-term future.

    While the final document will not set detailed targets, it will be specific enough to rigorously and regularly measure performance against the agreed upon goals, to actively demonstrate progress.

    Read more about the plan’s Terms of Reference.

  • Copy Link Why do we need a whole-of-industry plan?

    The Australian dairy industry has been challenged with rising costs of production, retail price stagnation, tough seasons and changing global markets. A plan that sets the agenda for the industry on a national scale, will provide further direction and a clear focus to help ensure dairy remains competitive and successful.

    There are great examples of how a national plan that is widely adopted can transform an industry.

    Recent examples include plans that have led to successful expansion of the Irish dairy industry and the Australian cotton industry, or helped guide industry leadership in times of unification, such as for the New Zealand dairy industry.

  • Copy Link Who’s leading the development of the plan?

    The Dairy Plan is supported and endorsed by the Australian Dairy Industry Council, Dairy Australia, Australian Dairy Farmers, Australian Dairy Products Federation, the Gardiner Foundation and Dairy Moving Forward.

    However, the collective contribution of farmers and people connected with the industry to developing a national plan will be key to its success.

  • Copy Link What is John Brumby’s role and why was he selected?

    Mr Brumby’s role is to provide independent oversight of the Australian Dairy Plan process. He is chairing regular meetings of the partner organisations and is overseeing the development of the plan and key documents and meeting with key stakeholder groups. An important part of his contribution is to help the partner organisations find consensus and build a clear set of priorities and actions. As an external party to the dairy industry, he brings an impartial perspective that will be useful in testing existing assumptions and future priorities.

    His extensive experience in public life, regional development and agriculture will bring considerable expertise to the development of the plan. He has a track record in working with complex issues and enabling different organisations to work together to overcome challenges and achieve common goals. The partner organisations believe Mr Brumby is ideally qualified for the important position of Independent Chair and we are delighted he accepted the role when approached. Having a well briefed, committed and passionate Chair to facilitate and assist in discussions will only enhance the chance of success.

    Read more about John Brumby’s appointment and bio.

  • Copy Link How will the Australian Dairy Plan be used?

    One of the most powerful ways in which the Australian Dairy Plan will take effect is through the way it guides the development of key industry documents, such as the ADIC Vision, Dairy Australia’s Strategic Plan, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Strategic Plan, the ADF Strategic Plan, the ADPF strategic direction and the Dairy Moving Forward Strategic Plan. Alignment of these documents with an overarching industry strategy, demonstrates unification and clarity of direction when engaging with government and other key stakeholders.

  • Copy Link Where did the regional workshops take place?

    Over 1,500 farmers, service providers, processors, retailers, investors and other key stakeholders, participated in over 20 consultation workshops across dairying regions during May and June 2019.

    See a list of the locations where regional workshops were held and summaries of these meetings.

  • Copy Link What was the purpose of the National Workshop and who attended?

    The Australian Dairy Plan (ADP) National Workshop was a national forum on 30-31 July 2019 that brought together a representative group of 130 key stakeholders from across the country to review stakeholders views from regional workshops and other consultation meetings, draft the key priorities, and develop the proposed approach to address these priorities.

    Attendance was by invitation so that it included representation from all parts of the industry including farmers, processors, government/regulators, peak bodies, industry experts and service providers.

    The objectives of the National Workshop were:

    • Understanding the opportunities for the dairy industry
    • Responding to the ‘key challenges’ for the dairy industry (identified through stakeholder engagements)
    • Clarifying the ‘breadth’ of the ADP
    • Confirming the key elements of the ADP
    • Testing propositions for how best to structure the industry to deliver the ADP
    • Confirming the next steps for completing the ADP.

  • Copy Link What are the next steps following the National Workshop?

    The Partners will take the collective knowledge that has been shared and the outcomes from the National Workshop to draft the Australian Dairy Plan. The Plan will describe the priorities of the industry over the next five years and the actions to be taken to deliver fundamental change and build a profitable, confident and united dairy industry.

    As the Australian Dairy Plan is drafted, the Partners will identify opportunities for seeking feedback from stakeholders prior to finalising the Australian Dairy Plan.

    The Australian Dairy Plan will include a governance framework for regularly monitoring and reporting on measured performance against the agreed upon goals and priorities, to actively demonstrate progress.

    The Australian Dairy Plan will then take effect through the way that it will guide the development of key industry documents such as the ADIC Vision and the strategic plans of the Partners.

    An eight person Joint Transition Team (JTT) has been 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.

  • Copy Link What is the Joint Transition Team advising on – how will its membership be selected?

    Industry structure and advocacy emerged as one of the key topics at the Australian Dairy Plan workshops. This is why we have established a dedicated taskforce (JTT - Joint Transition Team) to examine existing dairy industry arrangements and recommend transformational change options to reform industry structures.

    The JTT reports to the Australian Dairy Plan Committee comprising the Chairs of the four partner organisations and John Brumby as Independent Chair. Appointments to the JTT were based on experience in leadership, business, strategic transformation and the dairy supply chain. Membership reflects diversity in gender and experience. The Committee considered nominations made at the National Workshop and also considered other people who expressed interest in joining the JTT via the application process.

  • Copy Link What are the timelines for developing the Australian Dairy Plan?

    Following the clear guidance provided by the National Workshop, the peak industry groups are now working to put the detail of the Plan together with a final draft to be developed in October 2019.

    An eight person Joint Transition Team (JTT) will also develop new options for the restructure of industry and advocacy arrangements. The JTT has a demanding timeline, in order for its recommendations to be considered before the publication of the final draft Australian Dairy Plan report later this year.

  • Copy Link Will there be further opportunities for industry consultation before the Plan is finalised?

    As the Australian Dairy Plan is drafted, the Partners will identify opportunities for seeking feedback from stakeholders prior to finalising the Australian Dairy Plan.

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

    An eight person Joint Transition Team (JTT) will also develop new options for the restructure of industry and advocacy arrangements.

  • Copy Link How will this plan align with the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework?

    The Dairy Plan is an all-encompassing strategy and key industry initiatives, such as the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework, will be embedded within it. The intention of the Australian Dairy Plan is not to reinvent the wheel and the Sustainability Framework is a great example of how the industry as a whole is already addressing challenges in a changing world.

  • Copy Link When will the Australian Dairy Plan be finalised and released?

    The Plan will be finalised at the end of the year and officially launched.

  • Copy Link Once the plan is launched, how will progress be measured and people be held to account?

    The plan will be specific enough to rigorously and regularly measure performance against the agreed upon goals, to actively demonstrate progress.

    The Australian Dairy Plan will guide the development of key industry strategic documents. It is anticipated that performance indicators for the Australian Dairy Plan will be derived from these strategic documents and will be specific and measurable for the industry. The contribution by stakeholders to these performance measures will be clear, as will the path to achieving them and milestones along the way.

  • Copy Link What is the cost of the Australian Dairy Plan?

    The total budgeted cost of the Australian Dairy Plan is in the region of $900,000. The cost will deliver benefit to the industry over five years and beyond and will be met jointly by the four partner organisations of the plan. Approximately two-thirds of this cost will support industry consultation and the program of regional and national workshops. The remaining cost will facilitate the preparation of the report, including an allocation of $140,000 for an Independent Chair and a Secretariat. Mr Brumby’s remuneration is contained within this allocation.

  • Copy Link Are levy funds being used to develop the plan?

    Funding will come from multiple sources to develop the Australian Dairy Plan. This includes levy funds from Dairy Australia, as well as financial input from ADF, ADPF, Gardiner Dairy Foundation and Dairy Moving Forward.