Dairy Code of Conduct in review

The Australian Government has started its review process into the Dairy Industry Code of Conduct.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the Australian Government will be seeking input from the dairy reference group, dairy farmers, processors and industry groups.

“The Dairy Code of Conduct was introduced on 1 January 2020 to even out market imbalances in the dairy industry,” said Littleproud.

“It was a recommendation of the ACCC’s 2018 inquiry into the dairy industry, which found significant imbalances in bargaining power at each level of the dairy supply chain.”

Littleproud said the review is critical to assessing whether it is operating as intended and is open to feedback on how it could be improved.

“We will listen closely to industry’s experiences and hear how the Code’s requirements are being met, the impact on business relationships and outcomes,” he said.

“I am committed to ensuring a fairer go for dairy businesses and keeping families on the farm.

“Creating a stronger business environment, healthier market competition, and more competitive supply chains means fairer prices for farmers.”

Last year, an agreement issue in the milk supply chain has been flagged by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.