The draft mandatory code of conduct has been released for public comment, following a series of consultations in all eight dairy regions last year.
Federal Member for Murray, the Hon Damian Drum said after robust conversations at the consultation hearing in Shepparton and other areas around the nation this draft code has been released.
“The draft code has been released to make sure everyone gets to have their say. Local farmers will have the opportunity to make suggestions and have their views heard on such an important piece of policy,” Mr Drum said.
“The electorate of Murray is home to approximately 1100 of Australia’s dairy farms, as the elected representative of Murray I have strongly advocated for farmers and processors alike to ensure the end result of this important code is right and fair for all.”
The Department of Agriculture will be holding consultations on 31 January at the Mercure Port of Echuca, between 11:00am and 2:00pm.
“I encourage everyone to read through the draft code before attending consultations and to come prepared with suggestions. No farmer or processor is excluded from the process,” Mr Drum said.
“There will also be an opportunity for farmers to dial in to two phone-based town hall sessions.
“Information can be found on the draft code and consultations at www.agriculture.gov.au by going to the Have your Say section,” Mr Drum said.
The Code will establish a dispute resolution process, stopping processors changing agreements without farmer consent, and outlaw retrospective step downs.
More information about the code and consultations can be found on the Have Your Say website at https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/dairy-code-conduct. People can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 044 940.