2030 Goals and Targets

Dairy sustainability goals and targets 2030

Australian Dairy's sustainability goals and targets

When the Australian Dairy Sustainability Framework was first endorsed in 2012, our industry was focused on goals for 2020. Since 2012, emerging issues, technological advances, regulatory changes, and customer expectations have changed the sustainability landscape.

We are currently in a transition period; we have reviewed 2020 goals and targets and made a new set of benchmarks for 2030.

2018 is the final year we are reporting against 2020 targets. Review our progress against 2020 targets in the 2018 progress snapshot.

The new goals and targets for 2030 confirm our ambition to continue to make changes for the better.

Commitment 1 - 2030 Targets


Enhancing economic viability and livelihoods
Creating a vibrant industry that rewards dairy workers and families, their related communities, business and investors

Our 2030 goals and targets for this commitment are:

Goal 1 -  Increase the competitiveness and profitability of the Australian dairy industry

  • Increase industry growth - new target under development (end 2019)
  • Increase our share of the global dairy trade to 10% by volume by 2030
  • Increase RD&E expenditure in the dairy sector by 2% per annum
  • Give consumers greater choice and access to a variety of dairy products and/or ingredients to meet their
    specific nutritional needs

Goal 2 - Increase the resilience and prosperity of dairy communities

  • Increase our contribution to supporting the economy of dairy regions
  • Increase the recognition of the benefit our industry makes to regional communities by 10% by 2030
  • Increase the contribution people in dairy make to social capital in their community

Goal 3 - Provide a safe work environment for all dairy workers

  • 100% of dairy workers to implement good safety practices
  • More than 90% of dairy workers working less than 50 hours per week
  • 30% reduction in Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) for farm and manufacturing workplaces
  • Zero workplace fatalities on farm and in manufacturing

Goal 4 - Provide a productive and rewarding work environment for all dairy workers

  • Less than 25% of dairy workers report low levels of life satisfaction
  • rates of dairy remuneration are similar or higher than for other regional industries
  • 80% of dairy employees are retained within the industry year-on-year
  • Less than 20% of dairy employers report difficulty in sourcing suitable applicants
  • More than   70% of dairy farm owners have an agreed farm transaction/succession plan by 2030
  • Human rights - target and indicators to be developed following industry discussion

An emerging issue - Human rights and modern slavery
The dairy industry is seeing large customers request social audits, investors and analysts increase their scrutiny of business risks and organisations seeking information on suppliers human rights practices.

  • The dairy industry is developing a discussion paper on human rights
  • We are preparing to adjust to Commonwealth legislation changes to human rights practices

Review our progress for enhancing economic viability and livelihoods against 2020 targets.

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Commitment 2 - 2030 Targets

Improving wellbeing
Providing nutritious, safe, quality dairy food

Our 2030 goals and targets for this commitment are:

Goal 5 - All dairy products and ingredients sold are safe

  • Zero non-compliant chemical residues found during the Australian Milk Residue Analysis (AMRA) Survey
  • Zero product recalls due to food contamination
  • 15% increase in the number of consumers who agree Australia produces safe, high quality dairy products
  • Food Safety Culture embedded into the dairy food business

Goal 6 - Dairy contributes to improved health outcomes for all Australians

  • Improve consumers perception of the health and nutrition benefits of dairy foods
  • The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian Dietary Guidelines continue to recommend milk, cheese and yoghurt as part of a healthy diet
  • Australians meet recommended daily serves for dairy
  • All dairy companies adopt a stated position on responsive consumption by 2020 and publicly report on progress by 2030

Review our progress for improving the wellbeing of people against 2020 targets.

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Commitment 3 - 2030 Targets

Best care for animals
Striving for health, welfare and best care for all our animals throughout their lives

Our 2030 goals and targets for this commitment are:

Goal 7 - Provide best care for all animals for whole of life

  • 100% ongoing compliance with legislated animal welfare standards
  • All of industry adopting relevant recommended industry practices for animal care:
    • No routine use of calving induction
    • No tail docking
    • All calves disbudded with pain relief prior to two months of age
    • All farmers implementing a lameness strategy
    • All farmers, where relevant, have cooling facilities
    • Bobby calves managed appropriately
    • All farms are implementing a documented biosecurity plan
  • 25% increase in the number of consumer who believe dairy farmers do a good job caring for animals
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) - the dairy industry uses antibiotics responsibly - as little as possible,
    as much as necessary - to protect the health and welfare of our animals
    • All dairy farmers access antibiotics from a registered vet and are using them responsibly under veterinary direction
    • Antibiotics that are of high importance to human Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Australia are only used to treat dairy livestock in exceptional circumstances where no other alternatives exist

An emerging issue - Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
Antibiotics have been used by dairy farmers to protect the health and welfare of their herds for decades. Use of antibiotics in Australian agriculture is relatively low in global terms, however, industry has implemented strategies to control antibiotic use including improvements in farm biosecurity, hygiene practices and animal husbandry.

  • Concern about animal welfare and antibiotic resistance have increased
  • The dairy industry has adopted an Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) policy - the dairy industry uses antibiotics responsibly - as little as possible, as much as necessary - to protect the health and welfare of our animals

Review our progress for providing best care for all our animals against 2020 targets.

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Commitment 4 - 2030 Targets

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Reducing environmental impact
Meeting the challenge of climate change and providing good stewardship of our natural resources

Our 2030 goals and targets for this commitment are:

Goal 8 - Improve land management

  • 100% of stock excluded from waterways
  • 100% of riparian zones actively managed and maintained
  • 100% of farmers complete and implement a soil and nutrient management plan
  • 100% of farmers have and implement a documented biodiversity action plan
  • Zero net deforestation by 2020

Goal 9 - Increase water use efficiency

  • Reduce consumptive water intensity of dairy companies by 30%
  • Improve water use and water productivity to utilise 2.0 tonnes of dry matter per ML used
  • 100% of farmers recycling water from dairy sheds
  • 100% of farmers monitoring water consumption
  • 100% of farmers have a water security risk management plan by 2020 and are implementing it by 2030

Goal 10 - Reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 30% across the whole industry

Goal 11 - Reduce waste

  • 100% diversion rate from landfill for dairy companies
  • 100% silage wrap recycled for farm
  • All dairy companies participate in the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) or equivalent
  • 100% of Australian dairy packaging to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025 or earlier
  • Halve food waste by 2030

An emerging issue - Food waste
Food waste is an issue in the dairy sector. In Australia, up to 129 million dollars of milk is either lost of wasted annually.

  • There is an increasing focus on the responsibility of food producers everywhere
  • Our industry must address new food safety targets to support this focus
  • In Australia, food waste is a huge issue, so the dairy industry has a more specific target of halving food waste by 2030

Review our progress for reducing environmental impact against 2020 targets.

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Review our progress against each commitment


    How we're tracking on community, industry and investment.

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    How we're tracking on providing nutritious, safe, quality dairy food.

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    How we're tracking on the health and welfare of all our animals.

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    How we're tracking on climate change and stewardship of our natural resources.

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