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Dairy Australia is working to attract and retain people to the dairy industry.

The dairy industry directly employs over 42,000 people. Attracting people to a career in dairy continues to be a priority, with an additional 800 employees needed on Australian dairy farms by 2023.

The number of farmers employing labour increased by 25 per cent from 2005 to 2017, with 86 per cent of farms now employing labour.

Employment support

The need for skilled labour is increasing with the use of technology, the need to monitor farm inputs, animal care, milk quality, managing environmental credentials, and other aspects of dairy providing opportunities for those interested in agriculture to forge a successful career.

Dairy Australia provides support to farmers employing people on farms by providing access to resources for recruitment, managing staff, and creating awareness of legal requirements.

Employment Starter Kit (ESKi)

The Employment Starter Kit (ESKi) provides electronic and printed resources that farmers need to start employing people and keep up to date with the latest employment requirements.

Over 2,500 have registered to receive these resources.

Access the ESKi resources or order a printed version at The People in Dairy website.

Employment policy and hiring people from overseas

Dairy Australia provides insights and support to ADF and ADPF to engage government around key policy areas that assist with attracting and retaining people to the industry and building skills.

Policy support includes the Dairy Industry Labour Agreement, changes to skilled migration occupation visa lists, and Designated Area Migration Agreements.

For more information on recent employment policy changes, visit The People in Dairy website.


Dairy Feed tools

Dairy Feed Tools is a complete feed management toolset for dairy farmers and managers. Feed planning, cost and resource management backed by Australian feed and pasture data to most accurately reflect the needs of your herd

Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain report is commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year.

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