Mandatory dairy code of conduct

The government is seeking your feedback on a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy industry.

This follows a number of inquiries into the dairy industry, the most recent by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). This inquiry raised concerns about fairness and transparency in contracts between dairy farmers and processors.

A mandatory code could improve contract negotiations between dairy farmers and processors and include an effective dispute resolution process. The ACCC would regulate a mandatory code.

You can now share your ideas on a mandatory code. In particular, what should be included in a code and how best to address issues, such as:

  • cooling off periods when entering and terminating contracts
  • dispute resolution processes
  • enforcing a mandatory code of conduct
  • limiting exclusive supply clauses between processors and farmers
  • prohibiting retrospective step-downs
  • terminating contracts.

To have your say:

  • read the Mandatory code – Key consultation issues paper
  • read the Dairy industry code of conduct – farmer to processor transaction document
  • talk with our representatives in your region
  • contact us via phone 1300 044 940 or email dairycode@agriculture.gov.au.

We will be meeting with dairy stakeholders across the 8 dairying regions. This will happen in November and December 2018.

Subscribe to be updated when the dates are available.

The government is seeking your feedback on a mandatory code of conduct for the dairy industry.

This follows a number of inquiries into the dairy industry, the most recent by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). This inquiry raised concerns about fairness and transparency in contracts between dairy farmers and processors.

A mandatory code could improve contract negotiations between dairy farmers and processors and include an effective dispute resolution process. The ACCC would regulate a mandatory code.

You can now share your ideas on a mandatory code. In particular, what should be included in a code and how best to address issues, such as:

  • cooling off periods when entering and terminating contracts
  • dispute resolution processes
  • enforcing a mandatory code of conduct
  • limiting exclusive supply clauses between processors and farmers
  • prohibiting retrospective step-downs
  • terminating contracts.

To have your say:

  • read the Mandatory code – Key consultation issues paper
  • read the Dairy industry code of conduct – farmer to processor transaction document
  • talk with our representatives in your region
  • contact us via phone 1300 044 940 or email dairycode@agriculture.gov.au.

We will be meeting with dairy stakeholders across the 8 dairying regions. This will happen in November and December 2018.

Subscribe to be updated when the dates are available.

  • Mandatory Code of Conduct Consultation Dates and Locations

    about 1 month ago
    Region Towns Date and time Venue
    Tasmania Devonport Thursday, 8 November – 11:30 am Devonport RSL
    South Australia Mt Gambier
    Adelaide Hills
    Tuesday, 13 November – 12:00pm
    Wednesday, 14 November – 12:30 pm
    Mt Gambier RSL
    Adelaide Hills Convention Centre
    Western Australia Brunswick
    Margaret River
    Thursday, 15 November – new time12:00 pm
    Thursday, 15 November – 6:30pm
    Brunswick Recreational Centre
    Margaret River District Club
    New South Wales Bega
    Nowra
    Wauchope
    Monday, 19 November – 11:00am
    Tuesday, 20 November – 10:30 am
    Wednesday, 21 November – 10:30 am
    Bega Civic Centre
    Nowra Showground Committee Room
    Wauchope Country Club
    Subtropical Lismore NSW
    Gympie QLD
    Boonah QLD
    Tuesday, 20 November – 10:30am
    Wednesday, 21 November – 10:30am
    Thursday, 22 November 10:00 am
    Lismore Workers
    Gympie RSL Club
    Simon’s Tavern
    Western Victoria Camperdown Monday 26 November – 10:30 am Camperdown RSL
    Queensland Malanda Monday, 26 November – 10:30am The Malanda Hotel
    Murray region Shepparton Tuesday, 27 November 10:30am Shepparton Swans Football Club
    Gippsland Maffra Wednesday, 28 November 10:30am Maffra RSL
    Region Towns Date and time Venue
    Tasmania Devonport Thursday, 8 November – 11:30 am Devonport RSL
    South Australia Mt Gambier
    Adelaide Hills
    Tuesday, 13 November – 12:00pm
    Wednesday, 14 November – 12:30 pm
    Mt Gambier RSL
    Adelaide Hills Convention Centre
    Western Australia Brunswick
    Margaret River
    Thursday, 15 November – new time12:00 pm
    Thursday, 15 November – 6:30pm
    Brunswick Recreational Centre
    Margaret River District Club
    New South Wales Bega
    Nowra
    Wauchope
    Monday, 19 November – 11:00am
    Tuesday, 20 November – 10:30 am
    Wednesday, 21 November – 10:30 am
    Bega Civic Centre
    Nowra Showground Committee Room
    Wauchope Country Club
    Subtropical Lismore NSW
    Gympie QLD
    Boonah QLD
    Tuesday, 20 November – 10:30am
    Wednesday, 21 November – 10:30am
    Thursday, 22 November 10:00 am
    Lismore Workers
    Gympie RSL Club
    Simon’s Tavern
    Western Victoria Camperdown Monday 26 November – 10:30 am Camperdown RSL
    Queensland Malanda Monday, 26 November – 10:30am The Malanda Hotel
    Murray region Shepparton Tuesday, 27 November 10:30am Shepparton Swans Football Club
    Gippsland Maffra Wednesday, 28 November 10:30am Maffra RSL