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.