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Code of conduct consultations to start

By Alana Christensen

Formal consultations on a mandatory dairy code of conduct are set to get underway soon, with hopes a framework can be agreed to before Christmas.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, who was in Shepparton today, said it was hoped the code could be in place for the next dairy season.

"Consultations will occur across Aussie dairy regions and I want all dairy farmers, processors and people interested about the future of dairying in this country to get involved," he said.

“The code will help make negotiations and contract arrangements between farmers and processors fairer and more transparent and include a dispute resolution process. However this alone will not fix the dairy industry or increase farm gate prices—real structural reform is needed.”

Dates and locations regarding the consultations will be released shortly.

For more information of development of the code visit: haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/dairy-code-conduct