Responsible management of our natural resources is key to the dairy industry’s long term growth, and underpins the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework. While the industry has a strong record of managing resources such as water and soil, policy settings that provide fair and assured access to these resources, and support dairy’s sustainability initiatives, are essential.
Our policy priorities in the Natural Resources focus area aim to address the following issues:
- Secure access to quality water supplies to ensure the dairy industry’s productivity and international reputation.
- Oversee the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and its Water Recovery Strategy to ensure its effectiveness in providing water certainty for farmers who face the challenge of producing more milk with less water.
- Continue our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions intensity and changes to energy use through ensuring equipment upgrades and renewable energy options are affordable for dairy farmers.
- Promote the uptake of sustainable natural resource programs, such as nutrient management tools, and support dairy farmers’ capital investment in funding these best practice industry initiatives.
- Improve dairy farmers’ risk management, such as better preparing them for drought and extreme weather events, through improved government policy and tools to encourage appropriate farm and business management.