The Dairy Australia Technology Assessment (DATA) Scheme is an initiative funded by Dairy Australia (DA) which provides financial assistance to Australian dairy processors to undertake a detailed commercial assessment of an innovative technology or practice which the project proponent can demonstrate has clear potential to significantly improve the Australian dairy industry’s economic or environmental performance.
The Scheme is designed to enhance the rate and rigor by which the Australian dairy processing sector evaluates and screens emerging technologies of interest - thereby de-risking subsequent investment decisions and accelerating technology uptake. The intent is to shorten the lag phase for adoption that typically exists between the rise of commercially mature technologies and their implementation within a manufacturing setting - realizing the commercial benefit sooner and broadening the level of uptake. The ultimate aim of the DATA Scheme is to improve Australian dairy manufacturing margins, enhance returns to dairy farmers and advance the sustainable profitability of the broader Australian dairy industry by remaining at the forefront of technological innovation.
Priority will be given to projects which seek to assess technologies with the capacity to improve the sector's performance with respect to the manufacturing-based targets under the Australian Dairy Industry Council's Sustainability Framework, namely: