Delivering for Farmers information pack
Find out more about how Dairy Australia invests the dairy service levy.
Dairy Australia invests the dairy service levy to deliver benefits to farmers and protect the right to farm.
We provide services to farmers in eight dairying regions across the country and in many different ways:
We provide farmers with access to business planning and risk management tools, and insights to support on-farm decision making and improve profitability.
We create awareness of the career opportunities in dairy and providing resources to support farmers in hiring and managing staff and building skills for successful careers in dairy.
We support new entrants and existing workers to develop skills they need for a career in dairy farm management through partnerships with education providers – regional training organisations, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, Marcus Oldham College and Agrifutures.
We deliver on-farm gains as a result of outcomes of research to improve genetics of pasture and cattle, and provides valuable data to inform farm business decision making.
DairyBio supports the rapid delivery of innovation to farmers to start making changes on-farm for long-term benefits. DairyBio will produce additional value of $200 per cow per year in Australian dairy herds by 2040 through genetic improvement, which leads to improved lifespan, fewer emissions, and reduced health and management costs.
Along with Gardiner Dairy Foundation and Agriculture Victoria, we have committed $45 million over five years to Dairy Feedbase to improve management of the feedbase and herd nutrition, reducing the cost of feed and helping improve farm profitability. The project has the potential to see returns to the industry of $100 million a year in 10 years.
We deliver initiatives for efficiency of major farm inputs such as water and energy and supporting action on-farm to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Improving forage quality and balancing forages in the diet is essential for maintaining high levels of milk production. Farmers in varying climates benefit through the C4Milk project, which focuses on forage, nutrition and business management, to assist dairy farms to increase their margin over feed cost.
We build community trust and support for Australian dairy by promoting the health credentials of dairy, the quality of our products, and reinforcing our broader commitment to sustainability.
Building on community trust and support for dairy occurs through the Dairy Matters marketing campaign and the Discover Dairy schools platform, reaching 337,000 consumers each year. Communications highlights the industry’s commitment to health and nutrition, environment, animal care and producing quality Australian dairy. Trust (70%) and support for the Australian dairy industry (82%) are strong.
We support the establishment of the dairy industry’s Sustainability Framework, the resetting Australia’s world leading dairy sustainability goals and targets to 2030, and aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals working towards delivering on an agreed industry promise to deliver nutritious food for a healthier world, are key outcomes.
Improving market access while building and maintaining strong international trade relationships.
We provide critical support to industry and Government in the negotiation and implementation of trade deals has secured improved market access for Australian dairy products in key dairy export markets including China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Peru.
We have contributed to the removal or significant reduction of most dairy tariffs for Australian dairy exports, such as the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will see tariffs for Aussie dairy reduced for the first time in almost 50 years. The estimated dairy trade benefits of China Australia FTA to be more than A$1.2 billion over 25 years.
We support policy development in areas of critical importance to the industry, particularly water security, climate changes, energy, animal health and welfare and workforce/labour access.
Providing policy research and support on reviews of the Murray Darling Basin Plan and other aspects of water markets, to gain greater certainty for farmers about their ongoing access to affordable water resources, is another key focus. Positive rules now in place to ensure that water cannot be recovered if it leads to negative socio-economic impacts to Basin communities.