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The Australian dairy industry promises to provide nutritious food for a healthier world.

To do this, the industry has made the following commitments:

1. Providing best care for all our animals

Striving for health, welfare and best care for all our animals throughout their lives. Visit our Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework website for more details on this committment.

2. Improving the wellbeing of people

Maintaining and improving the wellbeing of people through the provision of nutritious, safe, quality dairy food.

3. Enhancing farmer livelihoods

Developing a dairy industry that rewards dairy workers and families, related communities, business and investors

4. Reducing environmental impact

Meeting the challenge of climate change and providing good stewardship of our natural resources.

Addressing these sustainability issues is about keeping dairy in business for the long term, and improving the industry’s resilience to meet challenges as they come, including a changing climate.

Further to this, the Australian dairy industry recognises it has a role to play in Australia’s contribution to international sustainable development goals. Australian dairy intends to be an integral part of the national and global effort to address the world’s biggest sustainability challenges.

Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework

The industry has set goals and targets against the four commitment areas through the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework.

The Framework supports the industry’s commitment to continuous improvement, and highlights where progress has been made and where additional effort is required.

In 2018, new goals were set for 2030 which reflects a renewed sense of purpose for continuous improvement and practice change where necessary.

Framework governance

The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC), comprised of Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) and Australian Dairy Products Federation (ADPF), has overall responsibility for the Framework.

Dairy Australia facilitates and supports the ADIC in developing and implementing the Framework.

A Steering Committee was established to drive the ongoing development and implementation of the Framework and includes representatives from farmer organisations as well as dairy companies.

Dairy Sustainability Consultative Forums have also been established to provide feedback on progress and facilitate two-way discussion on emerging issues both nationally and internationally.

Learn more about the governance of the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework.

Framework reporting

The Australian dairy industry regularly reports on progress of the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework. The fifth and most recent report, details current activity and performance against the Framework’s four commitment areas.

Access our previous sustainability reports.

What matters to Australians?

Public expectations of the dairy industry and its products are changing and consumers are increasingly asking questions about their food and where it comes from.

The Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework reflects where the Australian dairy industry stands on key sustainability risks: climate change, animal welfare, human health and nutrition, food waste and industry profitability.

Dairy Australia has launched a new communications approach called Dairy Matters that brings to light these values, standards and commitments and answers questions about the issues consumers care about.

Find out more about Dairy Matters and view the answers to common questions consumers have about dairy in a section called ‘You Ask, We Answer’.

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