Dairy Australia is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry, funded by a combination of levies paid by dairy farmers and matching payments from the Commonwealth Government for eligible research and development (R&D) activities.
Dairy Australia's purpose is to support the profitability and sustainability of dairy farming. It works closely with levy payers and other important stakeholders to understand their needs and shape its investment priorities. Dairy Australia provides practical tools, services and advice to assist farming operations and the dairy supply chain. Its investments in innovation are focused on increasing farm productivity and the global competitiveness of the Australian dairy industry.
This includes attracting people to the industry, building skills, providing insights, informing policy formation and trade relations, promoting the benefits of dairy to consumers and meeting community expectations on issues such as environmental impact and animal welfare.
Dairy Australia's structure comprises a head office in Melbourne which supports on the ground delivery of services by eight regional teams located in dairy regions across the country.
Dairy Australia works closely with a wide range of industry, government and research organisations to advance the interests of dairy farmers. This includes Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF), state dairy farmer organisations, Australian Dairy Products Federation (ADPF), the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, state and federal Governments, other Rural R&D Corporations (RDCs) and University research bodies. Dairy Australia's partnership funding arrangements with these organisations in major industry investments maximises the value of the dairy levy.