Progress Snapshot



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An overview of the Australian Dairy Sustainability Report 2019

This Progress snapshot gives you key facts and figures on Australian Dairy's progress against our industry's 2030 sustainability targets - the first time we have reported on these.

Australian Dairy in 2019

Latest figures show that:

  • There are 5,213 dairy farms
  • 140 dairy companies, 8 who process approx 85% of Australian milk
  • 42,600 Australians are employed in dairy
  • 1.44 million cows make up the Australian dairy herd
  • The value of farmgate production is 4.4 billion dollars
  • 35% of milk is exported
  • Dairy is Australia's 4th largest rural industry

Our Progress in 2019

Here is our 2019 progress across each commitment against 2030 targets. For details download the 2019 report.

  • 2019 Sustainability Report

    PDF, 5.19 MB

Sustainability commitment areas are:

  1. Enhancing economic viability and livelihoods
  2. Improving wellbeing of people
  3. Providing best care for all our animals
  4. Reducing environmental impact

Commitment 1 - Enhancing economic viability and livelihoods

Australian Dairy is a vibrant industry that rewards dairy workers and families, their related communities, business and investors.

  • Our 2019 progress against 2030 targets

    • 47 million was spent in RD&E in the dairy sector
    • 88% of consumers agree that dairy products were meeting their needs
    • Dairy farmers received payments of $4.4 billion in 2019, an increase of $105 million compared to 2018
    • Jobs directly supported by dairy economic activity increased to 46,200 in 2019, up from 42,600 in 2018
    • 90% of people surveyed in the Dairy Trust Tracker agree that dairy is an important part of their community.

Commitment 1

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Commitment 2 - Improving wellbeing of people

The Australian dairy industry provides nutritious, safe, quality dairy food.

  • Our 2019 progress against 2030 targets

    • 100% compliance during the Australian Milk Residue Analysis Survey
    • The percentage of consumers who agree Australia produces high quality dairy products increased 3% to 86% as measured in the 2019 Dairy Trust Tracker survey, continuing an upward trend since the Framework commenced reporting against this target
    • 80% of consumers surveyed agreed with the statement “Dairy foods are essential for good health and wellbeing”
    • Dairy continues to be recognised as an important part of a healthy diet under the Australian Dietary Guidelines. 

Commitment 2

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Commitment 3 - Providing best care for all our animals

The Australian dairy industry strives for health, welfare and best care for all our animals throughout their lives.

  • Our 2019 progress against 2030 targets

    • The proportion of dairy farmers who dock tails for management purposes continues to trend downwards and is 4% in 2019
    • Approximately 96% of farms have infrastructure to keep cows cool  
    • The 2019 Dairy Trust Tracker Survey indicated that 74% of consumers believe that dairy farmers do a good job caring for animals. 

Commitment 3

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Commitment 4 - Reducing our environmental impact

The Australian dairy industry meets the challenge of climate change and provides good stewardship of our country's natural resources.

  • Our 2019 progress against 2030 targets

    • Water intensity increased from 1.86 ML per ML of milk processed in 2017-18 to 1.91ML per ML of milk processed in 2018-19, representing an increase of 2.6% over the year and an increase of 9.1% on the baseline year of 2010-11
    • Baseline data from the 2015 NRM Survey showed 75% of dairy farmers were recycling water from dairy sheds
    • In manufacturing, waste intensity increased in 2018-19 to 1.5 tonnes of waste sent to landfill per ML of milk processed — up from 1.35 in the previous year.  This represents an increase of 11.5% but there has been an overall reduction of 44% compared with the 2010-11 baseline
    • Currently ten dairy companies are participating in the Australian Packaging Covenant - Bega, Brancourt Dairies, Brownes, Bulla, Chobani, Fonterra, Lactalis, Lion, Nestle and Saputo
    • An industry working group has been established to drive industry-wide progress towards meeting the 2025 National Packaging Targets and support the development of circular economies for dairy product packaging.

Commitment 4

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