2030 Dairy Sustainability Goals and Targets

Australian Dairy's sustainability goals and targets

The Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework allows us to publicly report progress against Our Dairy Promise – to provide nutritious food for a healthier world. This promise is underpinned by four Sustainability Commitments and 11 goals.

Our 2030 goals align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – also set for achievement by 2030 – in recognition of dairy’s role in the global effort to address the world’s sustainability issues. These UN SDGs are the global blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

This year, we are reporting against our 2030 goals and targets for the first time. In some areas, we are yet to finalise the target metrics and/or baseline metrics. These will be developed during 2020.

Review our progress against our new 2030 targets in the 2019 progress snapshot.

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

Commitment 1 - 2030 targets

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

    • Farm businesses achieve at least $1.50 EBIT/kg MS
    • Increase the Australian dairy industry's share of global dairy trade to 10% by volume
    • Increase RD&E expenditure in the dairy sector by 2% per annum
    • Provide consumers with a range of products to meet different needs
  • Goal 2 - Increase the resilience and prosperity of dairy communities

    • Increase the contribution the dairy industry makes to supporting the economy of dairy regions
    • Increase the recognition of the dairy industry's benefit to regional communities
    • Increase the contribution people in dairy make to social capital (community initiatives) in their community
  • Goal 3 - Provide a safe work environment for all dairy workers

    • Zero workplace fatalities on farm and in manufacturing
    • 100% of dairy workers implementing 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 on figures reported in 2017
  • 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 to 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
    • Human rights - dairy industry has a national human rights position - Indicators to be developed in 2020

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

Commitment 2 - 2030 targets

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 (as reported by Product Safety Recalls Australia)
    • 95% of consumers agree Australia produces safe and 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 responsible consumption by 2020 and publicly report on progress by 2030

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

Commitment 3 - 2030 targets

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 managed appropriately
      • All calves disbudded with pain relief prior to two months of age
      • All farmers implementing a lameness strategy
      • All farmers where relevant have infrastructure to keep cows cool
      • All farms have a documented biosecurity plan
    • 90% of consumers 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
      • All dairy farmers use antibiotics 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

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

Commitment 4 - 2030 targets

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

    • 30% reduction in the consumptive water intensity of dairy companies (on 2010-11 levels) (ML water consumed per ML of milk processed)
    • 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

    • 30% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity across the whole industry (from a baseline of 2015)
  • Goal 11 - Reduce waste

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

Review our progress for reducing environmental impact against 2020 targets.


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