The draft mandatory dairy code of conduct has been released today (Tuesday) for public comment, following a series of consultations in all eight dairy regions last year.
A Regulation Impact Statement has also been released for comment to refine assessment of the cost the code would have on farmers and processors.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the draft code had been released to ensure everyone can have their say.
“A mandatory code will be an industry-defining moment so I want all dairy farmers, processors and stakeholders to stay involved in shaping it,” he said.
A consultation meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 29 at the Warragul Country Club from 10:30am to 1:30pm, the Mecure Port of Echuca on Thursday, January 31 from 11am to 2pm and the Warrnambool Golf Club on Friday, February 1 from 11am to 2pm.
These are public consultations and no registration is required. Telephone town halls will be held on Wednesday, February 6 at 2pm and Thursday, February 7 at 10am.
More information about the code and consultations can be found on the Have Your Say website at https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/dairy-code-conduct. People can also email email@example.com or phone 1300 044 940.