Industry Resources

ADPF provides processor members a raft of key tools and resources on issues that have been identified to have an impact on their business at any given time.

In addition, ADPF provides the latest information and guidance to members on what’s happening in government, regulation and policy as relevant to the five strategic priority areas.

New Deloitte Report: Economic and Broader Contribution of the Australian Dairy Processing Industry

Australian Dairy Products Federation (ADPF) has launched a new report by Deloitte Access Economics on the Economic and Broader Contribution of the Australian Dairy Processing Industry, that highlights the significant contribution dairy processors make to the Australian economy and regional communities.

ADPF commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to provide the first, singularly focused comprehensive positioning of the dairy processing industry and its economic contribution and value more broadly across Australia – including employment, environment and sustainability, exports, transport and regional development.

Highlights from the report include:

  • $15.7 billion generated in revenues p.a.
  • 70,158 FTE jobs supported across direct and aligned industries – 56% of them located regionally.
  • $6.1 billion of capital employed and $383 million capital reinvested p.a.
  • $12 million p.a. invested in R&D
  • Reduction in energy use and emissions intensity by 24.5% and 23.5% respectively, in the last three years.

The following resources provide complete coverage of the economic report and include the full report, a summary in the form of an infographic, a link to a podcast discussion and case-studies.

Listen to the Podcast with renowned rural journalist Sue Neales in conversation with ADPF President Grant Crothers, Brownes Dairy CEO Natalie Sarich-Dayton and Fonterra Australia Managing Director René Dedoncker as they discuss the report and provide some insights into what two processors are doing on the sustainability front and to meet consumer demand.

Full Report - Economic Contribution of the Australian Dairy Processing Industry

Infographic - Economic Contribution of the Australian Dairy Processing Industry

Media Release - Economic Contribution of the Australian Dairy Processing Industry

Fonterra Case Study

Read about Fonterra Australia’s work in developing sustainable packaging

Brownes Dairy Case Study

Read about Western Australia’s Brownes Dairy as they bring back the ‘Milko’ home delivery service

COVID-19 posed a significant threat to the Australian dairy industry. If the industry failed to adopt new safety regimes and different ways of working, valuable export dollars, Australian livelihoods and public health would be at risk.

Perhaps more than any other player in the dairy value chain, dairy processors have had many issues to contend with throughout the pandemic. Processors have been forced to contend with: disruption to supply chains, the closures of usual distribution channels, panic buying, state border restrictions and closures, and being forced to work quickly to ensure COVID-safe operation of manufacturing facilities.

COVID-19 continues to pose challenges to processors.

Working together, Dairy Australia, ADPF and ADF developed a series of resources, which are available on the Dairy Australia website.

For all key information on COVID-19 for processors, please visit the dedicated COVID-19 section of Dairy Australia’s website.

The Australian Dairy Plan aims to drive a significant turnaround in the industry’s outlook via a range of bold initiatives targeting increased profitability, confidence and unity over the next five years and beyond.

For the first time, Australian Dairy Farmers, ADPF, Dairy Australia and

Gardiner Foundation, have come together representing the whole dairy supply chain to develop a national strategic plan.

The Plan was informed by nationwide consultation with over 1,500 participants.

The Australian Dairy Plan promises to deliver of five key commitments:

  1. We will reform industry structures to create a more cohesive dairy industry and strengthen our influence with key stakeholders
  2. We will attract and support new people and investment to build our industry
  3. We will increase our effort in marketing and promotion to build greater levels of trust and improve the value of dairy
  4. We will intensify the focus on farm business skills to improve profitability and better manage risk
  5. We will restore trust and transparency between farmers and processors to strengthen industry confidence

Visit the Australian Dairy Plan website to read the full Australian Dairy Plan and accompanying resources on profit and growth opportunities.

The Dairy Code of Conduct (Dairy Code) is an instrument under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and came into effect on 1 January 2020. The Dairy Code aims to improve the transparency of trading arrangements between dairy farmers and those buying milk.

The Dairy Code sets out mandatory elements in supply contracts and requires processors that intend to purchase milk during the next financial year to publicly publish standard forms of milk supply agreements on their website before 2pm on 1 June each year, including minimum milk pricing.

To support the implementation of the Dairy Code the ADPF developed a Template Sample Dairy Code Compliant Milk Supply Agreement Terms.

This template is designed to provide dairy processors and farmers with the terms which are compliant with the Dairy Code and to assist them with the negotiation of a Milk Supply Agreement (MSA). It includes everything required of a MSA under the Dairy Code of Conduct, but not further matters that may be relevant to either parties’ commercial relationships.

It is not a whole contract and individual legal advice is still recommended.

For more information on the Code, visit the ACCC’s website

The Dairy Australia website also has some supporting materials for the Dairy Code.

Sample Dairy Code Compliant Milk Supply Agreement Terms

The ADPF has prepared this template of Sample Dairy Code Compliant Milk Supply Agreement Terms for use by dairy processors and farmers to support with negotiating and developing a milk supply agreement that is compliant with the Dairy Code. These sample Dairy Code Compliant Milk Supply Agreement Terms contemplate negotiation of an agreement in writing and do not cover the situation where parties are recording an unwritten milk supply agreement under the Dairy Code.

Developed with the support of dairy processors – both ADPF members and non-members, the Milk Value Portal (MVP) takes average farmgate milk pricing (FMP) data and puts it in an easy-to-use format that farmers can easily interpret.

The MVP provides answers to the question ‘what is the milk price’ and ‘what drives the milk price in Australia?’ It includes relevant global and domestic intelligence and insights into the dairy market and supply chain influences on price.

At the core of the MVP, is the Farmgate Milk Value Tool that enables an interactive experience on FMP value, based on current and verified processor data.

Farmers can enter their farm parameters such as geography, farm size, and milk components (fat and protein content), to see what the average milk market is paying (in cents/litre or $/kg of milk solids) for a particular time of the year.

Farmers can then use this data to adapt their farms to achieve the best value and know what to expect when contracts are up for renewal.

The data is regularly updated to ensure the Portal remains relevant.

The Milk Value Portal is a fully-integrated one-stop shop for milk price modelling that is available free for use. It can be accessed through a web browser on a desktop or tablet, and is also mobile-friendly.

It’s an incredibly simple and easy to use tool that provides an intuitive user experience. You don’t have to be an economist to get the most out of the tool.

Click here to visit the Milk Value Portal.

Milk Value Portal Flip Book

Introducing the Milk Value Portal (MVP) - an industry-first one-stop shop that helps farmers understand the value of their raw milk. MVP is ADPF's commitment to rebuilding trusted partnerships between farmers and processors, as outlined in Commitment 5 of the Australian Dairy Plan. This Flip Book outlines the challenge, how MVP helps solve it and an overview of how to use to the tool.

ADPF has developed a 3-year strategy to guide all activity through until 2022. The strategy seeks to help ADPF best represent its members and ensure processors are playing their part to help deliver on the wider industry’s vision to provide nutritious dairy food for a healthier world.

ADPF’s vision is to protect and promote dairy for the future success of dairy processors, marketers and farmers. Our core purpose is to be the trusted source of advice and leader of public policy to government and the community, on the economic and social benefits of dairy.

The ADPF 3-year strategy is guided by five strategic priorities and corresponding objectives:

  1. Optimising trade and market access – Increase export competitiveness and international market access
  2. Sustainable access to resources – Create balanced and fair access to resources to improve our competitive advantage
  3. Effective regulation and policy – Influence government policies for the benefit of dairy
  4. Economic contribution and livelihoods – Promote the economic contribution of dairy processing and marketing
  5. Strategic leadership and communication – Be the trusted, ‘pre-competitive’ voice for dairy processors and marketers

ADPF 3-year strategy on a page

Find enclosed the ADPF 3-year strategy on a page. This document guides our activity through FY22. It outlines key priorities, initiatives, enablers and partnerships for the next three years under each of our five strategic platforms.

Australian dairy exports have continued to be largely unaffected by any regulatory barriers from the Chinese Government as a result of trade tensions between Australian and China. However, we are aware that a number of Chinese customers have been asking Australian dairy exporters for additional COVID assurances on their product safety, including a requirement for nucleic testing results.

Standard Dairy Quality Assurance Statement

In partnership with Dairy Australia, and in consultation with the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment; we have updated the Dairy Quality Assurance statement, to enable a standardised response as needed.

Following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) inquiry into perishable agricultural goods (PAG) last year, one of the recommendations was for governments and industries to explore measures to increase price transparency in PAG industries, in order to increase competition in those industries.

The program includes:

  • The delivery of workshops with perishable agricultural goods industries to understand their market transparency requirements.
  • A grants program to develop and implement tailored mechanisms to improve price and
    market transparency.

Co-design Workshops

Each sector in the perishable agricultural goods supply chain will be offered the opportunity to participate in two full day workshops. Industries can either have their own industry-specific workshops, or may hold sector-wide workshops where appropriate. Attendees will include representatives across the supply chain for the relevant sector, RDC(s), DAWE and the ACCC.

Workshops will provide an opportunity to discuss price and market transparency issues in the sector, brainstorm ideas to improve transparency and co-design the details of the project.

The workshops will be held between July and December 2021.

Grants for market transparency tools

Following participation in co-design workshops, RDCs will be invited to apply for funding for projects that generate knowledge, technologies, products or processes that improve market transparency appropriate for the relevant supply chain.

Project bids will need to be co-sponsored by partners from across the relevant supply chains and include non-matching (monetary and in-kind) co-contributions from industry participants. Bids will need to clearly demonstrate how the project will improve market transparency, how the project will be implemented, and an impact analysis across the entire supply chain, and how the proposed market transparency tool will be accessed.

Read the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s factsheet with more information.

Factsheet: Improving price transparency in Fresh Food Supply Chains

The Path to Half
The Path to Half explains the true cost of food waste in Victoria and provides the first Australian perspective on the impacts of food waste and food production on climate change, water loss and economic costs.

CEBIC Round 3 Thought Leadership event
Designing our future using the ‘waste’ of the past. A thought-provoking and imaginative opening event to our series on reducing food waste.

Launching our Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre
Sustainability entrepreneurs from Victoria, Australia and Chile shared how they built successful businesses that embrace circular economy and transformed market gaps into profitable opportunities.

National Food Waste Strategy
The National Food Waste Strategy provides a framework to support collective action towards halving Australia’s food waste by 2030. The strategy identifies four priority areas where improvements can be made—policy support, business improvements, market development, and behaviour change.

Dairy businesses – both farms and processing – are the backbone of the economy and the community in many regions of the Murray Darling Basin.

Dairy production and processing in the Basin underpins Australia’s food security, producing 22% of Australia’s milk, a key source of nutrition in the Australian diet.

The region is ideally located for both export and domestic markets, with efficient connectivity through road, port and telecommunications infrastructure.

The following resources provide key data and insights into dairy’s presence in the Murray Darling Basin, and can be drawn on for stakeholder meetings, briefings and submissions.

Dairy in the Murray Darling Basin Fact Sheet

This document provides a snapshot of the value, challenges, resilience and optimism of the dairy industry in the Murray Darling Basin. This document will be updated annually with new data and research. This version was created in May 2021.

Dairy in the Murray Darling Basin Infographic

This document provides a snapshot of key data on dairy in the Murray Darling Basin. This document will be updated annually with new data. This version was created in May 2021.