Dairy industry to be restructured

Dairy industry to be restructured under Dairy Plan

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WORKSHOP: About 130 people took part in the Australian Dairy Plan national workshop.

WORKSHOP: About 130 people took part in the Australian Dairy Plan national workshop.

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The Australian dairy industry will be restructured as a result of the Australian Dairy Plan.

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The Australian dairy industry will be restructured as a result of the Australian Dairy Plan.

Details on options for the restructure of industry and advocacy arrangements will be released in October for further discussion.

The restructure was one of the key themes identified at a national Dairy Plan workshop held in Melbourne on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The workshop followed 25 regional consultations across Australia attended by more than 1000 people.

Transformational change to reform industry structures and strengthen advocacy to be more effective, united and efficient was pinpointed as being vital.

Other themes identified included:

  • New measures to increase transparency and help manage market risk including the establishment of a functioning milk price market and new risk measures backed by government legislation.
  • A significant increase in marketing and promotion to ensure the community values dairy products, the dairy industry and dairy farmers.
  • Increased effort and new initiatives to attract and support the next generation of farmers.
  • A heightened focus on building farmer capability and increasing and stabilising margins on farms through measures to improve productivity and improve farm costs.
TIME FOR CHANGE: Australian Dairy Plan regional workshops attracted more than 1000 participants.

TIME FOR CHANGE: Australian Dairy Plan regional workshops attracted more than 1000 participants.

A wide range of other important issues including climate change, social licence and animal welfare, on-farm productivity, research and development, and skills development were also discussed and will form part of the plan.

The workshop was attended by more than 130 delegates, representing all Australian states and elements of the supply chain in the dairy industry: farmers, processors, regulators, retailers, government, peak bodies, industry experts and service providers.

It was was opened by the plan's independent chair John Brumby, who highlighted the importance of the industry working together to develop a plan to restore profitability, boost confidence and lift the performance of the industry as a whole.

Mr Brumby said there was a real appetite for change across the industry and a recognition that business as usual wouldn't do the job.

"The industry has been declining in size and is at a critical tipping point," he said.

"Bold new measures are necessary to take the industry forward."

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Mr Brumby said that despite the real challenges of recent years, there was a degree of optimism about what the industry could achieve by getting the plan right and working together.

Workshop delegates welcomed the Prime Minister's commitment to the $100 billion farm production target by 2030 and agreed that the dairy plan should position dairy to be a big part of that vision.

Following the clear guidance provided by the workshop, the peak industry groups will now work to put the detail of the plan together with a final draft to be developed by October.

A six-person joint transition team will also be established to develop options for the restructure.

The team will aim to produce a draft report by October 2, which will be released publicly for further comment and discussion.

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