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.

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.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines review is now underway, set to be complete in 2024. Recruitment of the expert committee will be announced during the first quarter of 2021.

The first public stakeholder consultation activity – the Stakeholder Scoping Survey – is now open and calling for responses. Responses to the survey will be accepted up until 15 March 2021.

The survey can be complete here.


Stakeholder Scoping Survey questions

Before completing the survey, download this document to access the full list of questions. We have prepared this document for members to allow preparation ahead of completing the survey to ensure the responses put forward the most compelling case possible.