Developing Dairy Leaders Program

Jul 04, 2014

The second residential session of the 2014 Developing Dairy Leaders Program (DDLP) was held in Canberra in June.

dairy leaders (L-R): DDLP Warrnambool participant, Jessica Westwick; Dairy Australia Director, Kelvin Jackson; Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan MP; ADF President, Noel Campbell.

Participants delivered their project presentations to the group and learned about effective advocacy and communication techniques. The participants also heard from several politicians, including Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, Member for Mallee Andrew Broad, and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie. Journalists Colin Bettles from Fairfax Rural Media, Rob Harris from the Weekly Times and Tony Mahar of the NFF spoke about effective advocacy.

Participants also attended the Dairy Australia Legendairy Breakfast at Parliament House to practise their informal networking and advocacy skills with politicians and media. More than 30 Parliamentarians joined the DDLP participants for breakfast, giving them valuable networking experience as well as the opportunity to snap a few ‘selfies’.

The program is expected to run again in 2015. Farmers interested in the 2015 program should contact the ADF office on (03) 8621 4200.

Front of Pack Labelling (FoPL) Health Star Rating

Jul 03, 2014

pack labelling
The Health Star Rating scheme was endorsed by the combined Federal and State Ministerial Forum in June. The scheme rates packaged processed foods from 0.5 to 5 stars based on nutritional value.

The voluntary scheme is now available for manufacturers to implement and it is likely that some dairy companies and some private label dairy products will take it up.

The dairy industry advocated strongly for a labelling scheme that will treat dairy foods appropriately and, in particular, to make sure core dairy foods under Australian Dietary Guidelines (milk, cheese and yogurt) receive an appropriate star rating compared to ‘discretionary’ foods.

There are still some anomalies, with cheeses and yogurts rating too low, and the dairy industry is currently seeking a review of the star rating. There is a formal process to review certain products where there is inconsistency with the Dietary Guidelines.

The preliminary product ratings can be found at:

ADIC shines spotlight on Australia's Legendairy women

May 01, 2014


Australian women’s contribution to the dairy industry was a cause for celebration at this morning’s Australian Dairy Industry Council’s (ADIC) Legendairy Women’s Breakfast.

ADIC Chair, Noel Campbell, said Australian dairy would not be the $13 billion farm, manufacturing and export success story it is today, without the contribution of women over the course of its history.

“Today we shine a spotlight on the many talented, passionate and dedicated women working across the dairy industry,” Mr Campbell said.

“From the farm, to the factory, to the family dining table, today’s ADIC breakfast celebrates the major contribution that women have made, and continue to make, to our industry.”

Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF), CEO, Natalie Collard, said women continue to perform many varied and important tasks across all levels of the industry.

“This is reflected in the fact that 62% of all women working on dairy farms are owner-managers, 25% are employees and a further 13% contributing family members,” Ms Collard said.

“When we also consider the hugely significant role that women play in shaping household budgets and associated purchasing decisions – their significance to the industry from farm gate to supermarket shelf becomes all too clear.”

Scientist and inaugural recipient of the ADIC’s Outstanding Service Award (OSA) in 2010, Dr Anne Astin, described women’s involvement in the industry as an important chapter in the history of Australian agriculture.

“Whether it’s on-farm, in the factory or the complex world of agri-politics, women continue to play a leading, if sometimes unheralded role, within the industry,” Dr Astin said.

“We can and must do more, as an industry and as a community to recognise and celebrate women’s unique and enduring contribution to Australian dairy.”

Mr Campbell thanked the event’s keynote speaker, Carolyn Creswell, founder and Managing Director of Carman’s Fine Foods.

“Carolyn’s success with Carman’s is an inspiration to a generation of young men and women and demonstrates in particular, how it is possible to balance success in business with family life,” he said.

Mr Campbell said in dairying regions and rural and regional Australia more generally, there has been a shift in the workforce, with more women working (46% of the workforce) and more men working part-time.

“This trend reflects the changing face of the modern Australian workforce, and the dairy industry is no exception,” he said.

“Over time, we will likely see more women involved in the industry and it’s important that we continue to focus our efforts in promoting the industry as an attractive career choice into the future.”

Mr Campbell thanked women involved at every level of the industry for their dedication, passion and commitment to Australian dairy.

To view the ‘Celebrating Legendairy Women’ video launched at the breakfast, click here.

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