We commit to providing nutritious, safe, quality dairy food.
Population growth will place increasing pressure on food production. Milk, cheese and yoghurt contain a unique package of essential vitamins and minerals that support good health. Despite this, only 10% of Australians consume enough milk, cheese and yoghurt every day.
To encourage Australians to meet their recommended daily dairy intake, we are committed through the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework to achieving the following goals by 2030:
- All dairy products and ingredients sold are safe (Framework Goal 5)
- Dairy contributes to improved health outcomes for all Australians (Framework Goal 6)
Australian Dietary Guidelines review
Milk, cheese and yoghurt are all recommended in the Australian Dietary Guidelines as part of a well-balanced, nutritious diet. The latest 2013 Dietary Guidelines are currently under review by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The Australian dairy industry is actively involved in the review process to ensure dairy maintains its role in a healthy, sustainable diet.
Health professional engagement
We invited a group of dietitians to share first-hand what happens on a dairy farm as we know that consumers are wanting more information about the dairy industry than ever before. Watch the video here.
Dairy in healthy sustainable diets
Achieving a healthy, sustainable diet relies on a balance between nutrition and environment but also social, cultural and economic aspects. Dairy plays an important role nutritionally in our diets, but as part of a wider sustainable food system. Read more about the latest evidence for the role of dairy foods in a healthy, sustainable diet.
Quality in Australian dairy
The Australian Milk Quality Awards recognise farms across Australia with an annual average bulk milk cell count in the lowest 5% during the financial year (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021). Learn more about the awards and the 2021 winners here.
The Australian Grand Dairy Awards represent quality, excellence and innovation in Australian dairy produce. Held annually, these awards recognise the finest dairy and cheese products from around Australia. Explore the Awards here.
Cows milk and plant-based beverages
Dairy Australia partnered with the Healthy Food Guide to deliver a series of four videos aimed at dispelling dairy misinformation. Watch the video here featuring HFG Accredited Practising Dietitian Brooke Delfino titled 'Cow’s Milk vs Plant Based Beverages'.
Latest research - Fractures Trial
A new study led by the University of Melbourne has linked consumption of milk, cheese and yoghurt with the prevention of falls and fractures in aged care residents. Read the study published in the British Medical Journal.
Best care for animals
Dairy Australia’s commitment to livestock runs much deeper than just securing our livelihood.Read more
The dairy industry contributes billions to the economy and employs thousands but volatile markets, a changing climate and other challenges make dairy farming difficult for many.Read more
Reducing environmental impact
Dairy farmers are environmental caretakers and are committed to managing land and water responsibly, reducing greenhouse gases and protecting Australia’s natural resources for future generations.Read more