Dairy Australia Limited was formed in 2003 as part of the restructuring of the Australian dairy industry. As part of the deregulation of the dairy industry in July 2000, the industry reviewed its organisations and structures and formed Dairy Australia to assume the functions that, prior to that time, had been undertaken by the Australian Dairy Corporation (ADC) and the Dairy Research and Development Corporation (DRDC).
A Constitution was developed and a Statutory Funding Agreement agreed with the Federal Government.
Dairy Australia operates within a complex matrix of obligations owed to multiple stakeholders. By virtue of its status as an industry-owned rural research and development corporation (RDC), it owes obligations to its members and to the Commonwealth and is also subject to the legislative obligations ordinarily owed by corporations.
As an industry owned RDC, Dairy Australia is reliant upon the Commonwealth for funding. The terms and conditions surrounding the basis upon which that funding is granted to Dairy Australia are set out in the Statutory Funding Agreement.
At the 2013 AGM, members voted to pass 11 separate special resolutions to amend Dairy Australia's Constitution. At the 2014 AGM, members voted to pass one special resolution to amend Dairy Australia's Constitution. These amendments have now been approved by the Federal Minister for Agriculture and are now in effect.
At the 2016 AGM, the requirement to have Ministerial consent to changes to the Constitution once approved by Group A members was removed. This was undertaken at the request of the Federal Minister for Agriculture.
Dairy Australia Board Governance Policy(20 October 2020)PDF, 177.54 KB
Dairy Australia Constitution(22 December 2020)PDF, 635.98 KB
Statutory Funding Contract 2017-2021(20 October 2020)PDF, 1.59 MB
Dairy Produce Act 1986(20 October 2020)PDF, 1.2 MB
Dairy Produce Dairy Service Levy Poll Instrument 2016(20 October 2020)PDF, 1.21 MB
Dairy Australia Evaluation Framework(20 October 2020)PDF, 1.12 MB
Corporate Governance and the Board
In accordance with Rule 22 of the Constitution, the Board must establish certain sub-committees.
The Board sub-committees currently in place are the:
- Audit and Risk Management Committee
- Human Resources Committee
- Board Selection Committee
Dairy Australia Board Charter(18 November 2020)PDF, 116.08 KB
Dairy Australia Board Audit and Risk Management Committee Charter(20 October 2020)PDF, 177.37 KB
Dairy Australia HR Committee Charter(18 November 2020)PDF, 122.81 KB
Dairy Australia Board Selection Committee Charter(20 October 2020)PDF, 81.84 KB
Dairy Australia Board Diversity Policy(20 October 2020)PDF, 43.13 KB
Dairy Australia Code of Conduct(20 October 2020)PDF, 102.84 KB
Dairy Australia Board Skills Matrix
The Board Skills Matrix is a summary of those skills areas which the Dairy Australia Board considers to be required of the Board as a whole. This information is updated by the Board (in consultation with its committees) as the needs of the industry and the organisation change.
Dairy Australia Board Skills - update 2019(16 November 2020)PDF, 41.79 KB
Dairy Australia Constitution and Services
Dairy Australia’s constitution establishes the parameters within which the organisation is able to operate. Dairy Australia was established in 2003 to act as the industry’s national services body. Its role is to undertake collective investment on behalf of the industry, investing in research, development, extension and industry services that individual farmers and dairy companies are unable to efficiently undertake themselves. The eight regional teams are funded by Dairy Australia to deliver services specific to each dairy region.
Dairy Australia's constitution does not allow it to act in the representation/advocacy area. This function is performed by Australian Dairy Farmers Limited, Australian Dairy Products Federation and their associated state dairy farmer organisations.
This diagram explains the dairy industry's structure.