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

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We are the national service body for the Australian dairy industry and are committed to building a profitable and sustainable future for the industry that we serve.

Who we are

Dairy Australia is the national services body for the dairy industry. Our role is to help farmers adapt to a changing operating environment, and achieve a profitable, sustainable dairy industry. We act as the ‘investment arm’ of the industry, investing in projects that can’t be done efficiently by individual farmers or companies.

Dairy Australia returns a $3 benefit to farmers for every $1 levy dollar raised. 

- BDA Group (agricultural investment analysts) 

 Dairy Australia Managing Director, Ian Halliday
“Every investment decision is made for the ultimate benefit of levy payers. Benefits can take many forms, including higher returns or better regulatory outcomes."

- Ian Halliday, Managing Director, Dairy Australia

2016/17 Funding

Our annual funding is a combination of levy, government and leveraged funds: 

$31 million – Dairy Services Levy, paid by farmers based on milk production 
$22 million – the Government supports dairy by matching payments for eligible R&D 
Dairy Australia also attracts funding at project level from state governments, universities, research organisations and other dairy support organisations: $5 million for 2016/17.
Investment areas

To achieve its core business objectives, Dairy Australia annually develops and reviews a set of strategic priorities to guide investment. Learn more

A whole of supply chain approach

The dairy supply chain is highly interdependent. Each sector - from farming to processing and exporting – relies on the other to generate business. A key role for Dairy Australia is investing across the supply chain to facilitate profitable partnerships. Learn more

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making. Find out how Focus Farms looks at the factors impacting decisions at any point in time, including seasonal and market conditions.


DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation responsible for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry and is an initiative of Dairy Australia and industry.

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