We regulate the export of dairy products from Australia. This ensures that goods:
- comply with export laws
- meet importing country requirements.
Our information directory for dairy manufacturers and exporters can help you navigate our available resources and find the right information for your business.
Laws and regulations
Regulation assures our trading partners that our goods are safe to import.
Our export laws define:
- types of products regulated (prescribed)
- your obligations, if you are involved in the export of regulated products.
We can help you understand your obligations under Australian export laws.
If you are a small to medium business owner, you can also check the Dairy Australia trade ready website.
Dairy Export Assurance Program
The department has received funding for four new projects aiming to reduce regulatory burden and streamlining audit arrangements in the dairy sector.
The projects are:
- Identifying the regulatory hurdles for domestic dairy manufacturers to become exporters.
- Work with industry to align food safety in regulatory and commercial assurance programs.
- Work toward reducing regulatory intervention and management of risks, through the use of external information and data.
- Streamline export certification through the application of digital solutions.
This funding is the first major investment into the export sector for over a decade and reflects a one in a generation opportunity to refresh and modernise the regulation of dairy exports. The department is partnering with Dairy Australia to progress the four projects within the Dairy Exports Assurance Program.
DEAP will be working with stakeholders to ensure that the modernising of the export system remains fit for purpose into the future and will provide progress updates to industry throughout the projects.
This work is part of the Australian Government’s broader Deregulation agenda, focused on reducing regulatory burden for food manufacturers with an initial focus on exporting. Deregulation will also work from the perspective of business and will co-design solutions with business and agencies across jurisdictions to identify and remove unnecessary barriers to investment. DEAP, alongside the $328.4m Busting Congestion for Exports investment provide an exciting opportunity for the department to slash unnecessary red-tape to get products to export markets faster and support jobs in rural, regional and remote Australia, and supports the government’s commitment for a $100 billion agriculture industry by 2030.
Export facilitator service
As part of the Dairy Export Assurance Program, we are offering a free export facilitator service for dairy manufacturers. If you are interested in becoming an export registered dairy manufacturer, or if you are already registered and are seeking new export opportunities, our export facilitator is here to provide one-on-one assistance to help you understand the requirements.
Importing country requirements
You must meet all importing country requirements for your goods. This applies to everyone involved in the export supply chain.
Before you export:
- check our Manual of Importing Country Requirements (Micor)
- talk to the importing country authority through your importer.
You are responsible for declaring prescribed goods are fit for export.
Follow our step-by-step guide to exporting dairy products. Make sure you meet all requirements for dairy exporters.
If you are an exporter and also manufacture or process dairy products for export, you must register your establishment for export purposes.
To assist you on you journey to become export registered, take a look at the information contained in the Dairy exporter welcome pack.
For those wanting to better understand export requirements and how to obtain Dairy Export registration you can access the Dairy Export Registration Manual (DERM) . The DERM provides a deep dive into each element of an approved arrangement to help manufacturers and exporters to better understand the requirements and obligations for becoming export registered and meeting export and importing country requirements.
Export registered establishments
If you prepare or handle prescribed dairy products for export, you must register with us. This includes:
- dairy ingredient suppliers
- freight forwarders
- storage facilities
- those who store or load goods for export (excluding the wharf and airport terminal).
You are responsible for handling goods in line with export requirements. You may also generate export documents and certificates.
Read more about responsibilities of export registered establishments.
Online services and systems
You must register as an exporter in our Next Export Documentation System (NEXDOC) to link your name and details in export documents.
Check the Manual of Importing Country Requirements (Micor) for an updated list of export requirements from specific importing countries.
Check our industry notices and advices.
We use these to tell you about changes to:
- laws and regulations
- market access conditions
- operational requirements.
Other government agencies and industry bodies can also help you get export ready.
Fees and charges
Our fees and charges are available in our charging guidelines.