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If you are thinking of forming a dairy farmer group to negotiate supply contracts, Dairy Australia’s Guide to Collective Bargaining can help you better understand what is involved, the potential benefits and the risks.

Guide to collective bargaining

Knowing how to collective bargain can mean better contract terms tailored to your needs.

If you're a dairy farmer and thinking of forming a group to negotiate supply contracts then our how-to guide collective bargaining for dairy farmers can help you.

Topics include:

  • understanding what is involved with setting up a collective bargaining group
  • understanding the benefits including:
    • greater price certainty
    • milk quality premiums
    • reduced costs through transport
  • avoiding pitfalls, including:
    • unrealistic expectations
    • poor communication
    • poor governance 

The guide also includes case studies, governance guidelines and resources and contacts.

There are however legal considerations for collective bargaining in Australia and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) assesses each application on a case by case basis.

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