ADIC responds to Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper

Jan 12, 2015

The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) lodged its submission in response to the Federal Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper on 19 December, 2014.

In the joint submission with Dairy Australia, the ADIC commented on many of the Green Paper’s policy proposals, with a particular call on the Government to address four priority areas that affect the industry’s competitiveness in the short to medium term; research, development and extension (R,D&E); access to international markets; investment; and people. 

Recognising the Government’s funding of dairy R,D&E as an acknowledgement of its essential role in creating a more durable industry, the ADIC encouraged the Government to reaffirm its commitment to these programs.

The ADIC welcomed the successful conclusion of the China-Australia free trade agreement (ChAFTA), but highlighted that there are still opportunities for growth through the conclusion of further bilateral and multilateral trade agreements that provide genuine liberalisation of all dairy products. The ADIC also sought the removal of hurdles such as technical barriers to trade that need to be addressed.

Increased Government support for industry efforts to encourage investment and ensure a positive regulatory environment to underpin confidence and certainty for dairy investment was a further recommendation.

The ADIC also highlighted the need for enhanced Government support for Australian dairy programs designed to attract and retain a highly skilled, productive workforce.



NCDEA Oration: People our future

Dec 22, 2014

The “three P’s” of our farming future according to Dr Cameron Archer AM, Principal of Tocal College, are: people, people, people.


Delivering the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia’s (NCDEA) first annual oration on 26 November 2014, Dr Archer underlined the importance of well-educated people in producing a respected product and underpinning the future of Australia’s dairy industry.


“A new technology, a genetic marker, a treatment or medicine, processing method, smart farm technology, breeding strategy, dietary strategy, feed supplements can be around the world in a flash. All of our competitors will have it. What they will do with it - will be up to their people,” Dr Archer said.


“Where we can really have the competitive advantage is through our people.”


Delivered to 90 members of the Australian dairy industry, including the Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) President and CEO, the oration’s themes reflected ADF’s belief that people are the industry’s most important on-farm asset.


Committed to developing policies and strategies to attract more highly skilled people to dairy, ADF’s People and Human Capacity Policy Advisory Group advocates policies to address Australian dairy’s skilled labour shortage, drive industry innovation and secure long-term prosperity.


NCDEA Manager – Educational Development and oration guest of honour, Sylvia Vagg, was recognised by the Australian dairy industry for her dedicated service to dairy education and training.


Dr Cameron Archer AM, Principal of Tocal College presenting as guest speaker at the NCDEA Oration.


Industry R,D&E levies framework endorsed

Nov 28, 2014

Did you know that there are 15 agricultural Research and Development Corporations (RDC) in Australia, yet only two of these have regulated levy polls?

Along with the Australian Wool Innovation, Dairy Australia (DA) is bound by a five-year levy review cycle to ensure that dairy farmers have a say towards the amount they pay for their research, development and extension (R,D&E) levy and how it is spent.

In response to the Senate Inquiry into the system for agricultural R,D&E levies , the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has made a submission in support of the RDC model and the opportunities for dairy farmers provided by DA.

Whilst the ADIC considers that the Levy Poll framework provides an important opportunity for DA to talk to levy payers about their levy investment, there is scope to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the process.

Suggestions the ADIC puts forward to the Inquiry include streamlining the Levy Poll consultation approach, for example through more tailored consultation, use of industry networks, and increased use of technology; improving engagement with farmers about the DA investment throughout the five-year period, not just at the time of the levy poll; as well as, improving the information to demonstrate the returns to farmers from their levy investment. 

As subsidiaries of the ADIC, the role of Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) and the Australian Dairy Products Federation (ADPF) in R,D&E investment is to represent levy payers by working with DA to drive the development of strategies, highlighting priority investment areas and ensuring tangible benefits reach the dairy community.

For more information and to download a copy of the ADIC’s submission, click here .


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