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Dairy Australia Annual Report 2018-19

Dairy Australia’s Annual Report includes statements on our financial activity and key performance outcomes. Download a copy of the report, or individual sections, or scroll down the page to learn more about our activities in FY19.

The 2018-19 season was one of the toughest in recent memory. Persistent, very dry conditions across all regions significantly impacted the cost of key inputs and farm profitability yet farmers showed their resilience in the face of these challenges.

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The Australian Dairy Industry FY19

National milk production decreased 5.7% to 8.8 billion litres, but the decline could have been even more severe. The Murray region was hardest hit, with water prices and falling production an ongoing concern for all parts of the industry.

 

 

 

8,795
million litres total annual milk production
5,213
farms
35%
milk production exported
* Above statistics as at 30 June 2019

Our FY19 revenue

Dairy Australia’s revenue to support investment in critical priorities for the dairy industry is obtained primarily through the dairy service levy and Commonwealth Government funding for eligible Research and Development (R&D) activities. The dairy service levy is deducted from payments made to farmers by milk processing companies which are then remitted to the Australian Government.

*Values displayed in are in $'000

Our funding allocation

Funding is allocated across the three strategic priorities (SP) that guide the programs and projects we deliver on the ground. These priorities are as follows:

  • Strategic Priority 1 (SP1) Profitable Dairy Farms – includes pre and post farmgate activities aimed at improving productivity as well as industry sustainability
  • Strategic Priority 2 (SP2) Capable People – focuses on education and training to enhance the capability of industry participants
  • Strategic Priority 3 (SP3) Trusted Dairy Industry – focuses on maintaining the industry’s long-term ‘social licence to operate’.

Chair’s report

“The 2018-19 season was one of the toughest in recent memory. Persistent, very dry conditions across all regions significantly impacted the cost of key inputs and farm profitability, yet farmers showed their resilience in the face of these challenges. "

Jeff Odgers, Chair, Dairy Australia

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Jeff Odgers - Dairy Australia Chair

Managing Director's report

“Dairy Australia continues to have an active program of investment and activities that advance the dairy industry, which is made possible through the investment of farmer levies, the support of the Federal Government in matching investment in research and development, and in the many partners who support our work. The Board and I are grateful for this support, and we will continue to focus our efforts on rebuilding the profitability and confidence of the industry.”

David Nation, Managing Director, Dairy Australia

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David Nation - Dairy Australia MD

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