Dairy Code of Conduct

​​​​The Dairy Code of Conduct (the code) came into effect on 1 January 2020.

The code provides a fairer process for negotiating contractual arrangements between dairy farmers and dairy processors. The code improves the balance in bargaining power between dairy farmers and processors, and will replace the previous voluntary industry code. The code also includes dispute resolution and mediation processes.

This code was developed following extensive stakeholder consultation with both dairy farmers and processors.

Information to help dairy farmers and processors understand the code and implement its requirements is available. Frequently asked questions are also available to assist farmers and processors.

The Government regulates the dairy supply chain through a combination of the Dairy Code of Conduct and the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct which covers the relationship between dairy processors and retailers.


Dairy Farmers

A guide to the Dairy Code of Conduct – what it means for you and your business.

Dairy Processors


Information and checklist for implementing the Dairy Code of Conduct.


Download the factsheet

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, December 2019

If you have difficulty accessing these files, visit web accessibility for assistance.





Last reviewed: 4 February 2020
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