Australian milk residue analysis survey

​The Australian Milk Residue Analysis (AMRA) Survey provides a national, independent chemical residue monitoring program in Australian bovine milk. The AMRA Survey has a key role in promoting the dairy industry’s reputation and facilitating ongoing market access by monitoring on-farm chemical use.

Throughout each year around 1000 samples of raw milk are collected from farms across all dairying regions of Australia. These samples are used to conduct around 13,000 analyses for nearly 70 different compounds covering antimicrobials, animal parasite control chemicals, feed contaminants and environmental contaminants.

The results tell an overwhelmingly positive story with close to 100% compliance over the history of the survey.

The survey is coordinated by Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV) on behalf of the department and other state regulatory authorities. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources remains responsible for the overall management of the survey.

Until 2017 the program was supported and funded by Dairy Australia on behalf of the Australian dairy industry. In 2017 these arrangements changed to better align funding with the survey’s principle objectives around market access and export certification, with future funding through the department’s export cost recovery arrangement.

2019-20 control plan

The 2019-20 AMRA Survey involves the random monitoring of milk samples for a range of residues. The 2019-20 control plan is available for download. Previous AMRA control plans are available for download.

Annual report

The 2017-2018 AMRA survey annual report is available for download. Previous AMRA survey reports are available on the Dairy Australia website.


DocumentPagesFile size
2019-20 AMRA control plan XLSX 127 KB
2018-19 AMRA control plan XLSX 1285 KB
AMRA annual report 2017-18 PDF​ 161.0 MB

This report was originally published by Dairy Australia, if you have difficulty accessing this file contact Dairy Eggs Fish for assistance.