Our commitment to addressing emerging 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.
The Australian dairy industry recognises it has a role to play in Australia’s contribution to international sustainable development goals and intends to be an integral part of the national and global effort to address the world’s biggest sustainability challenges.
Enhancing farmer livelihoods
Developing a dairy industry that rewards dairy workers and families, related communities, business and investors.
Improving the wellbeing of people
Maintaining and improving the wellbeing of people through the provision of nutritious, safe, quality dairy food.
Providing best care for all our animals
Striving for health, welfare and best care for all our animals throughout their lives.
Reducing environmental impact
Meeting the challenge of climate change and providing good stewardship of our natural resources.
Read more about Our Dairy Promise and commitments.
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.
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.
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.
You can also 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’.