Economic contribution and livelihoods

The dairy industry is the lifeblood of many regional Australian communities. Dairy manufacturing in particular is a vital and important contributor to the Australian economy and our regions, investing significant capital expenditure.

Such investment drives innovation and supply chain integrity that allows processors to continue to tap domestic and international markets. Most benefit stays close to the point of production, in the regional areas through jobs, skills and capacity building in manufacturing and on farm.

Dairy is one of Australia’s largest agricultural industries and our products are loved by Australians and our export markets worldwide. Dairy processing more than doubles the value of milk between farm-gate and the consumer.

The ADPF is committed to the livelihood of rural Australia by supporting Australian manufacturing and local jobs.

We are committed to ensuring that dairy manufacturing continues to provide a major source of employment, particularly to regional communities throughout Australia.

The ADPF is committed to showcasing the fantastic work of the Australian dairy industry, to help dairy processors attract and retain top Australian talent.

ADPF believes that workplace diversity and inclusion is essential in fostering happy, healthy and profitable businesses.

The importance of manufacturing for Australia has been highlighted by the COVID-19 crisis. Despite the upheaval, Australia’s dairy supply chain has continued unbroken and a highly collaborative supply chain has kept the milk flowing and provided valued dairy products to meet the needs of consumers, at home and offshore. This contrasts not just with other sectors of Australia’s economy, but to food supply chains around the world that remain deeply stressed.

The Australian Dairy Plan is a key document that will help increase profitability across the dairy supply chain. This is essential for manufacturers to enable continued capital investment and investment in innovation to continue to grow the industry so it can keep providing jobs and supporting Australia’s regional economies.

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