Dairy code of conduct

We are now seeking your feedback on draft clauses for a dairy code.

The purpose of the code is to address issues identified in the relationship between dairy farmers and processors. It is informed by:

  • feedback you provided in the first round of consultation
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Dairy Inquiry Final Report (April 2018)
  • Australian Dairy Industry Council Code of Practice (June 2017) and review (October 2018).

How you shared your ideas

In November 2018, we sought your feedback on what should be included in a code of conduct for the dairy industry.

We gathered your ideas through:

  • 15 public consultation meetings held in all dairy regions
  • one-on-one meetings with over 12 processors and 7 industry representative bodies
  • phone calls and emails from dairy farmers and other industry members.

What you said

You gave us your views on increasing fairness and transparency between dairy farmers and processors.

We gathered feedback on:

  • exclusive supply
  • step-downs
  • contract and cooling-off periods
  • terminating contracts
  • dispute resolution
  • penalties
  • regulatory costs
  • exemptions.

Download our Issues raised at public consultations on a dairy code (PDF, 603 KB)

Have your say

You can now give feedback on draft clauses for a dairy code and our initial assessment of the regulatory impacts of a code. This round of consultations will close on 15 February 2019.

Before you provide feedback, read our Draft clauses for dairy code – overview for farmers (PDF, 479 KB).

You can also read the detail in:

To have your say

  • attend one of our public consultations (January–February 2019)
  • contact us via phone 1300 044 940 or email dairycode@agriculture.gov.au
  • take our short survey on the code.

We are now seeking your feedback on draft clauses for a dairy code.

The purpose of the code is to address issues identified in the relationship between dairy farmers and processors. It is informed by:

  • feedback you provided in the first round of consultation
  • Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Dairy Inquiry Final Report (April 2018)
  • Australian Dairy Industry Council Code of Practice (June 2017) and review (October 2018).

How you shared your ideas

In November 2018, we sought your feedback on what should be included in a code of conduct for the dairy industry.

We gathered your ideas through:

  • 15 public consultation meetings held in all dairy regions
  • one-on-one meetings with over 12 processors and 7 industry representative bodies
  • phone calls and emails from dairy farmers and other industry members.

What you said

You gave us your views on increasing fairness and transparency between dairy farmers and processors.

We gathered feedback on:

  • exclusive supply
  • step-downs
  • contract and cooling-off periods
  • terminating contracts
  • dispute resolution
  • penalties
  • regulatory costs
  • exemptions.

Download our Issues raised at public consultations on a dairy code (PDF, 603 KB)

Have your say

You can now give feedback on draft clauses for a dairy code and our initial assessment of the regulatory impacts of a code. This round of consultations will close on 15 February 2019.

Before you provide feedback, read our Draft clauses for dairy code – overview for farmers (PDF, 479 KB).

You can also read the detail in:

To have your say

  • attend one of our public consultations (January–February 2019)
  • contact us via phone 1300 044 940 or email dairycode@agriculture.gov.au
  • take our short survey on the code.
  • Public consultation dates and locations

    3 months ago

    Meeting dates and locations

    Region Town Date and time Address
    GippsDairy Warragul

    Tuesday, 29 January 2019
    10.30am – 1:30pm

    Warragul Reception and Conference Centre
    Murray Dairy Echuca

    Thursday, 31 January 2019
    11:00am – 2:00pm

    Mercure Port of Echuca
    WestVic Dairy Warrnambool

    Friday, 1 February 2019
    11:00am – 2:00pm

    Warrnambool Golf Club

    Tele-town hall

    You are also invited to have your say by joining one of our 2 tele-town halls on the dairy code.

    You must register to participate in a tele-town hall.

    We are using a service provider to deliver the presentation. You will need to provide your name and phone number to this organisation to join the event.

    Choose your preferred date and time to register. You will be redirected to the third-party provider.

    On the day of the tele-town hall, you will receive a phone call on the number you provide asking you to join the tele-town hall event. This will happen close to the start time.

    How it works

    A tele-town hall allows many participants to be connected via telephone to join a presentation and discussion.

    As a tele-town hall participant you will have the opportunity to ask questions about a dairy code. A moderator will select questions to be addressed by the speaker. If selected, you will be able to ask your question to the speaker directly.

    The presentation at the tele-town hall will be the same as the face to face consultation meetings.

    If you have any questions about the tele-town hall or registration process please contact the dairy code team at 1300 044 940 or email dairycode@agriculture.gov.au.

    Privacy Notice

    Personal information means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable.

    By registering to be part of the department’s tele-town hall you will be required to provide your personal information, including your name and telephone number. As facilitator of the teleconference, the department will have access to your personal information and may use your personal information to contact you.

    The department will not disclose your personal information outside of the department. If your personal information is used, it will used and stored in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles.

    Please note that the teleconference will be recorded. If you identify yourself during the teleconference, the department will collect your personal information.

    See the department's Privacy Policy to learn more about accessing or correcting personal information or making a complaint. Alternatively, telephone the department on +61 2 6272 3933.

    Meeting dates and locations

    Region Town Date and time Address
    GippsDairy Warragul

    Tuesday, 29 January 2019
    10.30am – 1:30pm

    Warragul Reception and Conference Centre
    Murray Dairy Echuca

    Thursday, 31 January 2019
    11:00am – 2:00pm

    Mercure Port of Echuca
    WestVic Dairy Warrnambool

    Friday, 1 February 2019
    11:00am – 2:00pm

    Warrnambool Golf Club

    Tele-town hall

    You are also invited to have your say by joining one of our 2 tele-town halls on the dairy code.

    You must register to participate in a tele-town hall.

    We are using a service provider to deliver the presentation. You will need to provide your name and phone number to this organisation to join the event.

    Choose your preferred date and time to register. You will be redirected to the third-party provider.

    On the day of the tele-town hall, you will receive a phone call on the number you provide asking you to join the tele-town hall event. This will happen close to the start time.

    How it works

    A tele-town hall allows many participants to be connected via telephone to join a presentation and discussion.

    As a tele-town hall participant you will have the opportunity to ask questions about a dairy code. A moderator will select questions to be addressed by the speaker. If selected, you will be able to ask your question to the speaker directly.

    The presentation at the tele-town hall will be the same as the face to face consultation meetings.

    If you have any questions about the tele-town hall or registration process please contact the dairy code team at 1300 044 940 or email dairycode@agriculture.gov.au.

    Privacy Notice

    Personal information means information or an opinion about an identified individual, or an individual who is reasonably identifiable.

    By registering to be part of the department’s tele-town hall you will be required to provide your personal information, including your name and telephone number. As facilitator of the teleconference, the department will have access to your personal information and may use your personal information to contact you.

    The department will not disclose your personal information outside of the department. If your personal information is used, it will used and stored in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles.

    Please note that the teleconference will be recorded. If you identify yourself during the teleconference, the department will collect your personal information.

    See the department's Privacy Policy to learn more about accessing or correcting personal information or making a complaint. Alternatively, telephone the department on +61 2 6272 3933.