No deadline for dairy plan feedback

By Geoff Adams

No deadline has been set for feedback on the Dairy Plan’s Joint Transition Team report into structural reform for the industry.

The Joint Transition Team report was published in January and recommended one option for the industry to vote on.

The Dairy Plan team has promised a feedback deadline will be provided soon, but none had been set by Monday this week.

Dairy Australia chair Jeff Odgers said the deadline had not yet been set, but industry would be given sufficient time for consultation.

“We’re not trying to rush consultation,”he said, pointing out that voting on the preferred option would not occur before mid 2020.

Mr Odgers said although the Joint Transition Team had recommended one model, feedback on how the preferred option could be enhanced or changed was welcome.

The proposed national body (referred to as ‘NewCo B’ ) would see the current range of national and regional dairy organisations brought together as a one stop shop for all industry services including policy, advocacy, R&D and marketing for dairy businesses across the entire supply chain. It would operate through one national brand and a network of regional offices providing tailored local services.

The proposed new organisation would be member owned and overseen by a skills-based Board.

Farmers would contribute a single levy payment for all services (the current Dairy Service Levy) and processing companies would also provide funding.

Eligible expenditure on research and development would continue to attract matched funding from the Commonwealth Government.

Feedback period for the draft Australian Dairy Plan report published on December 6 closed on March 2.