Voting to change the levy poll process has now opened and it is time to have
YOUR say. As the dairy industry’s peak policy and advocacy group Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) is encouraging all dairy farmers to vote yes on their
ballot papers, which were mailed last week to all dairy levy payers.
Voting yes means a Levy Poll would only be held when a change to the levy or its procedures is proposed. In short, no change, no Levy Poll.
After the last poll in 2012, the clear message from dairy farmers was that the efforts and funds dedicated towards the poll process could have been better
spent delivering dollar value to dairy farmers. The change makes complete sense, saving at least $750 000 that will be redirected to industry programs.
Dairy farmers have made it clear in regional meetings across Australia that the industry should make the change. Now, we need to ensure that the Federal
Government is confident that’s the view of levy payers by voting yes or no.
A yes vote will not remove Dairy Australia from scrutiny. Dairy Australia will still be required to undergo an independent performance review at least
every five years, which will then inform an independent committee of industry representatives on whether or not a levy poll is required. If farmers
believe a poll is necessary, there is a failsafe mechanism for a group of levy payers representing at least 15 per cent of levy votes to propose a