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At the heart of DA's mission is to facilitate collaborative industry initiatives, supporting technology appraisal and accelerating technology adoption across the supply chain.

The growth and sustainability of the Australian dairy supply chain relies on the ability of the manufacturing sector to be cost-effective, innovative and sustainable in a globally competitive environment. Facilitating collaborative industry initiatives, supporting technology appraisal and accelerating technology adoption across the supply chain is at the heart of Dairy Australia'€™s mission. While our core objective is to improve profitability and sustainability of levy paying farmers, Dairy Australia does not limit investment and services to farm-focused initiatives alone. Instead it works across the dairy supply chain (from farm through manufacturing to final markets) profitably linking business partners in order to:

  • Increase returns, improve productivity or reduce costs, to lift business margins,
  • Deliver better/faster outcomes than businesses can achieve individually, and
  • Improve understanding of the dynamics of change across the dairy chain and thereby boost the long-term sustainability and viability of local farm businesses and the regional communities that depend on dairy.

In this role DA also acts a key conduit for dairy collaboration with governments, regional communities and institutions (particularly in the areas of RD&E, knowledge development and issues management) in order to boost understanding and alignment between the industry and broader community groups.

Program objective

The objective of Dairy Australia's manufacturing-related program is to support the sustainability and international competitiveness of the Australian dairy processing community for the benefit of Australian dairy farmers by:

a) Connecting processors with best-practice resources and technologies

b) Supporting collaborative initiatives and transfer of technology with strong industry-wide potential

c) Assisting manufacturers benchmark, performance track and communicate progress towards their Sustainability Framework targets.

Key activities supported

The Dairy Manufacturer's Sustainability Council

Manufacturers Workforce Webinars

Dairy Australia Technology Assessment (DATA) Scheme

Dairy Australia Grant Access Support (GAS) Scheme

Dairy Australia Process Modelling Tools

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Dairy Innovation Hub

The Northern Victoria Sodium Management Project

Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making. Find out how Focus Farms looks at the factors impacting decisions at any point in time, including seasonal and market conditions.


DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation responsible for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry and is an initiative of Dairy Australia and industry.

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