Australian Dairy Industry

For an overview of the Australian dairy industry and the contribution made by dairy manufacturing, read our fast facts below.

Dairy processing generated $15.7 billion in revenue across a diverse array of products and value chains.

Dairy processing’s economic contribution totals $12.4 billion toward Australian GDP of which $3.1 billion is direct

Most of the industry’s economic contribution is indirect, with $9.3 billion in value- added supported elsewhere in the economy

For every dollar of value-added in dairy processing, the industry supports 3.0 dollars of indirect value-added in aligned industries such as raw milk and other ingredients, transport and utilities

Processor capital investment averaged $383 million a year between 2017-18 and 2019-20, accounting for around 15% of the food manufacturing total

This infographic has been prepared alongside a report solely for the use of Australian Dairy Products Federation to outline the dairy processing industry’s footprint in Australia, including regional areas.

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