For more information about how Dairy Australia invests your levy, read the Dairy Australia Annual Report.
Dairy Australia invests the dairy service levy to deliver benefits to farmers and protect the right to farm.
Enhancing farm business management
Responding to critical events
Supporting employment needs
Driving herd and pasture innovation
Managing climate and environment
Promoting dairy products and the industry
Growing international markets
Contributing to policy outcomes
Strengthening organisational capability to support innovation.
We provide services to farmers in eight dairying regions across the country: DairyNSW, DairySA, DairyTas, GippsDairy, Murray Dairy, Subtropical Dairy, Western Dairy, and WestVic Dairy.
Dairy Australia delivers to dairy farmers in many different ways:
We provide farmers with access to business planning and risk management tools, insights to improve profitability, and support for on-farm decision making.
We promote industry career opportunities and provide farmers with staff hire, management and skill building to make sure their employees are successful.
We deliver on-farm gains as a result of research into improving genetics of pasture and cattle, providing 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. 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, Dairy Australia has 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 through the Dairy Matters marketing campaign and Discover Dairy schools platform reaching 337,000 annually. Communications highlights the industry’s commitment to health and nutrition, environment, animal care and producing quality Australian dairy. Trust is strong at 70% and support for the Australian dairy industry 82%.
Supporting the establishment of the dairy industry’s Sustainability Framework. Resetting Australia’s world leading dairy sustainability goals and targets to 2030, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals working towards delivering on an agreed industry promise to deliver nutritious food for a healthier world.
Improving market access while building and maintaining strong international trade relationships.
Contributing 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 change, energy, workforce/labour access, and animal welfare.
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. Positive rules now in place to ensure that water cannot be recovered if it leads to negative socio-economic impacts to Basin communities.