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Dairy code consultations kick off

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  • Dairy code consultation locations and dates announced
  • Consultations held across major dairy regions
  • Stakeholders encouraged to shape Australia's first mandatory dairy code

Dairy farmers, processors and representative organisations are encouraged to take part in important regional consultations to help shape Australia's first mandatory dairy code.

Speaking in Forrest, WA, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said consultations are planned across major Aussie dairy regions.

"The dairy industry came to me and said they wanted a mandatory code of conduct, so let's get on with it," Minister Littleproud said.

"Consultations are the first step in the process, and staff from the Department of Agriculture will be on the ground in dairy regions from 8 November 2018.

"This process is the first part of making dairy sustainable in Australia. A mandatory code between farmers and processors can help make contracts fairer, more transparent and enforce a dispute resolution process.

"It's not a silver bullet but it's a good first step. There will be more structural reform to come

"I want all dairy farmers, processors and interested stakeholders to get involved and get the most out of this code."

More information about the code and consultations can be found on the have your say website https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/

People can register online, email dairycode@agriculture.gov.au or phone 1300 044 940.

Fast facts

  • Dairy is Australia's third largest rural industry, worth almost $3.7 billion in 2016–17
  • A mandatory dairy code was a key recommendation of the ACCC's Dairy Inquiry
  • While a mandatory code is being developed, the voluntary code will remain in place
  • Outcomes of the voluntary code review will be considered when developing the mandatory code

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