The Dairy Consultative Committee will provide a forum for dairy industry representatives across farming, processing and retailing to discuss issues about the implementation of the mandatory Dairy Code of Conduct.
An ACCC spokesperson said it would use the committee to:
“a) work with industry to develop and implement effective education and compliance strategies that will enable market participants to understand their rights and obligations and comply with the Code; and”
“b) collaboratively consider concerns related to the implementation of the Code and how those concerns might be addressed.”
The large committee will be chaired by former Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) president Noel Campbell and members participating today include:
John Elferink, South Australian Dairyfarmers Association
John Versteden, ADF
Janine Waller, Australian Dairy Products Federation
Charlie McElhone, Dairy Australia
Gary Kerr, Farmer Power
Ashlee Hammond, United Dairyfarmers of Victoria
Ben James, Aurora Dairies (formerly Warakirri Dairies)
John Mulvany, farm consultant
Michael Partridge, WA Farmers Federation
Shaughn Morgan, Dairy Connect
Ian Zandstra, NSW Dairy Industry Advocate
Robert Miller, NSW Farmers
Eric Danzi, Queensland Dairy Organisation
Tony Burnett, Dairy Farmers Milk Cooperative
Scott Briggs, Australian Milk Price Initiative
Not all of these members will be officially representing their organisations.
Committee meetings will be held quarterly across multiple ACCC offices via video link for about 12 months and members will not be paid.