President’s Message – January 2015

Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) welcomes 2015 with enthusiasm as we fine-tune our advocacy priorities to establish a sound policy platform to ensure we can capitalise upon growth opportunities delivered by 2014’s advocacy.

The prospects presented through 2014’s policy wins, such as the China FTA, prove that dairy is a force to be reckoned with when the whole value chain works collectively to achieve its aims. However, challenges including limited opportunities for domestic growth, as well as labour and skills shortages, and competition issues continue to constrain our industry.

We must persist in identifying and addressing these issues and solutions at the Federal level, whilst assisting our State Dairy Farmer Organisation (SDFO) members at the State level as required. ADF’s 2015 agenda is committed to carrying out whatever we can to progress these policies and help dairy become the best it can be.

Over the next 12 months, ADF is focused on addressing five key priority areas: continuing to drive market, trade and farm prosperity; building a highly skilled and productive workforce; developing fair and sustainable access to natural resources; and promoting animal health and welfare standards.

Under the ‘building a highly skilled and productive workforce’ umbrella, ADF will continue to advocate to reduce the three-hour minimum engagement requirement from the Pastoral Award  2010 and ensure that milking is included as an essential requirement, alongside feeding and watering of livestock.

The Pastoral Award is one of ADF’s 15 key policy priorities to Government this year. To find out more about other 2015 policy priorities, please stay tuned over the coming weeks to download your copy of ADF’s ‘Policy Priorities to Government 2015’.

I look forward to working with you throughout 2015 and trust you had an enjoyable festive season spent with family and friends.

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