Sunday 20th Oct, 2019

Farmers, processers urged to take part in dairy code development

Milk powder. Photo: Creative Commons / ProjectManhattan

Agriculture minister David Littleproud says dairy farmers, processers and representative organisations should take part in dairy code talks around the country.

Dairy code consultation locations and dates were announced this week across major Australian dairy regions.

The talks will be towards the development of the country’s first mandatory dairy code, which was a key recommendation in the ACCC’s recent Dairy Inquiry.

“This process is the first part of making dairy sustainable in Australia,” Littleproud said from Forrest on November 5.

“The dairy industry came to me and said they wanted a mandatory code of conduct, so let’s get on with it.”

Littleproud said the consultations were being used as the first step in the process, with staff from the Department of Agriculture to be on the ground in dairy regions from November 8.

“A mandatory code between farmers and processors can help make contracts fairer, more transparent and enforce a dispute resolution process,” he said.

“It’s not a silver bullet but it’s a good first step. There will be more structural reform to come.”

Dairy is Australia’s third largest rural industry, worth almost $3.7 billion in FY17.

Consultation details can be found at https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/