Dairy Australia - Dairy information for Australian Dairy Farmers and the industry

Primary content

Dairy Australia invests across the supply chain to enhance the collective knowledge and capability of the Australian dairy industry.

Supply chain investment

The dairy value chain is highly interdependent.

  • For farmers to make profits, they need processors to buy their milk, process it and sell it
  • For processors to make profits, they need access to sustainable milk supplies
  • Farmers and processors need strong domestic and international markets, industry capability, innovation and community acceptance of their processes.

As such, a key role for Dairy Australia is facilitating profitable partnerships and linkages across the supply chain, and fostering collaboration across the industry.

Pre-farmgate investment

A significant proportion of levy investment funds (around 45%) go directly toward improving farm profitability. Pre farm-gate investments are in the key areas of:

  • Feed-base development
  • Animal performance
  • Sustainable resource management
  • Farm business management
  • Vocational education and training
  • Regional Development Programs
  • Post-farmgate investment

Post-farmgate investment 

A sustainable dairy industry needs product innovation, safe production processes, growing markets and recognition of the nutritional value of dairy. Post farm-gate investments are in the key areas of:

  • Manufacturing aligned R&D
  • Bioscience technologies
  • Health and nutrition policy and regulation
  • International market development
  • Trade policy reform Secure market access
  • Sustainable dairy production systems
  • Dairy Marketing

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making.


DairyBase is a web-based tool that enables dairy farmers to measure and compare their farm business performance over time.

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