Programme 1.8: Dairy industry

​​Programme objective

This programme’s objective in 2014–15 was to:

  • foster and enable a productive, profitable, internationally competitive and sustainable Australian dairy industry.

Programme description

Dairy is Australia’s third-largest agricultural industry. The department is responsible for policy advice and programmes that address the productivity, profitability, international competitiveness and sustainability of Australia’s dairy industry. We work with industry to encourage international collaboration and support for strategic engagement and investment. We also administer dairy quotas to the European Union and the United States.

More information is available on the department's website.​​​

Table 9 Programme 1.8—Dairy industry—key performance indicators
Key performance indicator2014–15 targetPerformance
2014–15 ​​​2013–14 ​​​2012–13
Effective policies, programmes and regulations that contribute to enhanced productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainabilityAccurate and timely advice providedMetMetMet
Engage with domestic and international stakeholders on dairy issues5 meetingsMetMetMet
Allocation of quota to dairy industry in accordance with legislation100%MetMetMet
All levy funds paid to Dairy Australia Limited (DAL)100%MetMetMet
Timely and effective engagement with DAL to ensure compliance with the statutory funding agreement and relevant legislation and to discuss industry activities2 meetingsMetMetMet
Underpinning research, advice, forecast, projects, products and data services meet stakeholder expectations and are delivered within agreed timelines85% aMetMetMet

a Client satisfaction as measured by an annual survey of ABARES clients.


International trade ties

We worked with Dairy Australia to organise the Australia–Japan Dairy Talks in Tasmania and the Australia–China Dairy Talks in Victoria. These talks were attended by both government and industry representatives.

Attendees made field visits to dairy farms and processing sites. This provided a hands-on knowledge of the differences between the industries in the two countries and the opportunity to build relationships. The talks helped inform government and industry representatives about domestic supply and demand, international trade, the role of government, investment in research and development, and current issues for the dairy industry.

Supporting Dairy Australia

The department is an observer on the Dairy Levy Poll Review Panel. We continued to work with Dairy Australia on the review of the Dairy Produce (Dairy Service Levy Poll) Regulations 2006, which govern the conduct of the poll.

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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