The Western Australian dairy industry is located in the South West of the state around three main areas: Harvey, Margaret River, and Denmark on the south coast. With approximately 135 dairy farms and a total herd size of 54000 cows, the state produces around 364 million litres of milk per annum, contributing four per cent of Australia’s total milk production. The value of milk leaving farms is $190m per annum. The state’s processing sector of the industry is dominated by three key companies along with a number of small businesses including organic operations. The industry plays a key role in the economy of local regions.

The WAFarmers Dairy Council is committed to working in the policy field to ensure the sustainability of our industry. We aim to shape the regulations and laws under which dairy businesses must operate.

WAFarmers is a state member of Australian Dairy Farmers Limited (ADF) which is committed to providing strong leadership and nationally coordinated policy and advocacy work so the dairy industry can continue to grow and prosper.

We work closely with Dairy Australia, the levy-funded industry organisation for research and development, and its regional body Western Dairy. The Dairy Council shares their vision and works to ensure the dairy industry in Western Australia continues to supply our consumers with a safe, healthy and nutritious product.

The Dairy Council holds an annual conference and industry awards gala dinner which is a key event on the dairy calendar for Western Australia. The conference hosts keynote speakers on a range of issues impacting the industry and also holds a processor discussion panel which is an opportunity for local farmers to speak with representatives of the key processing companies in the state. We also hold a Regional Roundabout, visiting key dairying areas to meet with local dairy farmers.

On a daily basis, the Dairy Council represents dairy farmers on a wide range of industry issues including:

Apply for the WAFarmers Dairy Industry Fund:

The WAFarmers Dairy Industry Fund was formed in 2014 to fund innovative projects and or people to improve the productivity, profitability, performance, business growth, and diversity of the WA dairy industry and any part of the dairy supply chain.

Applications open each December and close in January.

For further information, email [email protected] or call us on (08) 9486 2100.


Recent Submissions:

  • Mandatory Code of Conduct
  • Senate Inquiry into Deregulation
  • Geographical indications
  • WA Animal Welfare Act Review
  • Commonwealth Farm Trespass Bill
  • Health Star Rating System
  • DWER: Valuing Waste as a Resource
  • Agricultural Property ID
  • Dairy Shed Effluent Systems
  • BJD deregulation (joint with WD)
  • Dairy plan, reform and restructure process
  • Perishable agricultural goods inquiry/retailer abuse of power
  • Boyanup saleyards
For further information contact [email protected]