The national voice for Australian dairy farmers

Value chain profitability

  • Ensure Australia’s policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks do not impose unnecessary costs on Australian dairy product manufacturers, and back to farm-gate.
  • Improve productivity measures on key dairy supply chain elements that influence product manufacturing costs.

The Australian dairy industry needs to be viewed as an integrated supply chain. Milk is a perishable product, which must be processed before it can be sold commercially. As a result, dairy production is integrated across the supply chain: dairy farmers cannot operate without domestic processing capacity, nor can processors survive without domestic farm milk supply.

Dairy manufacturing and processing profitability depends on the efficiency of a number of key elements from across the value chain, including supply of raw milk, transportation, energy, labour and water costs, as well as effluent and waste disposal.


  • Response to the Productivity Commission Study
  • Agricultural Competitiveness Issues Paper
  • Federal Budget and Federal Election - policy priorities
  • National Food Plan
  • Australian Dairy Industry Response to the Productivity Commission Study: Costs of Doing Business – Dairy Product Manufacturing – May 2014

Contact Details

Level 2 Swann House
22 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel: (03) 8621 4200

Fax: (03) 8621 4280

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