Draft dairy code of conduct released

A DRAFT code of conduct for the dairy industry has been released as part of a second round of consultation ensuring farmers and milk processors get a say in shaping the $4.3 billion Australian industry.
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A new code of conduct is up for public comment. iStock.com

The draft mandatory dairy code of conduct has been released for public comment, following a series of consultations in all eight dairy regions last year.

A Regulation Impact Statement has also been released for comment to refine assessment of the cost the code would have on farmers and processors.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the mandatory code will be an industry-defining moment.

"I want all dairy farmers, processors and stakeholders to stay involved in shaping it," Minister Littleproud said.

"Milk levies come and go but the mandatory code would help balance the market power between dairy farmers and processors and improve farmers' bargaining power," he said.

"As it stands the code will require processors to publicly release their standard form agreement on a set date each year."

The Minister said the code will also establish a dispute resolution process, preventing unilateral changes to agreements, and outlawing retrospective step downs.

"The dairy industry called for a code and we're getting on with delivering it with as much consultation as possible," he said.

"This round of consultation includes three face-to-face meetings in Victoria and two phone-based town hall sessions where people from across the country can dial in."

More information about the code and consultations can be found on the Have Your Say website at https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/dairy-code-conduct People can also email dairycode@agriculture.gov.au or phone 1300 044 940.