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Find out about national and international standards and codes for food safety regulation.

Regulatory overview

The national Australian dairy food safety regulatory framework is an integrated preventative system developed by industry organisations and federal and state regulatory agencies. Internationally recognised Codes and Standards provide important guidelines for the framework. 

Customer requirements, food safety and product traceability are paramount drivers for the quality systems along with animal welfare, bio-security and environmental sustainability. 

The responsibilities and accountabilities of all industry members through the supply chain are incorporated into the food safety and quality systems. 

Potential risks are monitored on an ongoing basis with industry updated on a regular basis of possible challenges. Quality science supports the risk management process. The industry approach is preventative and outcomes based rather than process driven.

Federal agencies develop policy and standards, while state government regulators enforce, verify and monitor or conduct surveillance of food standards.

The Food Standards Code, and particularly Standard 4.2.4 - The Primary Production and Processing Standards for Dairy Products, the Export Control Act 1982, the Export Control (Prescribed Goods – General) Order 2005 and Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005 are important regulations for the Australian dairy industry. 

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Key federal agencies

Key state government regulators

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Important regulations for the Australian dairy industry

Australian Milk Residue Analysis Survey

The Australian Milk Residue Analysis (AMRA) Survey provides an independent, national monitoring program for potential agricultural and veterinary chemical residues, and environmental contaminants in Australian bovine milk.
The AMRA Survey plays an important role in the Australian dairy industry by gathering and compiling information on the chemical residue status of Australian milk. In doing so it assesses the effectiveness of the control measures that are in place to ensure food safety outcomes, with respect to chemicals used in the Australian dairy industry. The Survey also provides assurances to importing countries that Australian dairy products are produced under a system that meets their requirements and supports the export requirements of the Department of Agriculture under the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005.

The survey is national, coordinated by Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV) on behalf of other state regulatory authorities and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture. The program is supported and funded by Dairy Australia on behalf of the Australian dairy industry.


Our Farm, Our Plan

Our Farm, Our Plan is a new program designed to equip farmers to clarify their long term goals, identify the actions needed and to manage uncertainty and risk.

Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain report is commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year.

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