In the joint submission with Dairy Australia, the ADIC commented on many of the Green Paper’s policy proposals, with a particular call on the Government to address four priority areas that affect the industry’s competitiveness in the short to medium term; research, development and extension (R,D&E); access to international markets; investment; and people.
Recognising the Government’s funding of dairy R,D&E as an acknowledgement of its essential role in creating a more durable industry, the ADIC encouraged the Government to reaffirm its commitment to these programs.
The ADIC welcomed the successful conclusion of the China-Australia free trade agreement (ChAFTA), but highlighted that there are still opportunities for growth through the conclusion of further bilateral and multilateral trade agreements that provide genuine liberalisation of all dairy products. The ADIC also sought the removal of hurdles such as technical barriers to trade that need to be addressed.
Increased Government support for industry efforts to encourage investment and ensure a positive regulatory environment to underpin confidence and certainty for dairy investment was a further recommendation.
The ADIC also highlighted the need for enhanced Government support for Australian dairy programs designed to attract and retain a highly skilled, productive workforce.