If you're planning to manufacture and sell dairy products this central library of information and other resources will help you trade your goods, both domestically and for export.

This introductory video explains the basics of dairy manufacturing and provides insights on how to produce safe and high quality dairy products for the domestic or export market.

Are you Trade Ready?

The Are you Trade Ready website brings together crucial information from a list of reputable industry and Government sources to assist Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SME) interested in manufacturing and/or exporting Australian dairy products for domestic and international markets.

Are you Trade Ready offers an in-depth self-assessment tool aimed at predicting what you know and need to know to get started.

You can also calculate initial costs of recalling food using the Dairy Food Recall tool developed specifically for SMEs in the dairy industry. This online tool has been created to help Australian dairy businesses understand the potential costs of a food recall and help guide decisions for improvements to their procedures.

Exporting to China

China is Australia's largest export market and our largest agricultural goods market. For several decades, exports and investment have underpinned the development of the Chinese economy. Dairy exports have contributed significantly during this time.

Exporting dairy products to China requires considerable planning to ensure all regulatory and market requirements are met, both locally and in China. Any organisation involved in export sales to China must first be registered with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

A dedicated Trade Ready China website has been specifically designed to assist potential dairy exporters to China. It provides you with all the necessary regulatory and market information required to make the exporting process a seamless one, prior to contacting the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to obtain the necessary export licence.

Please note: This site does not guarantee an export licence or guarantee acceptance of a dairy product into China.

Export market research

Trade resources

Australia ranks fourth in overseas exports trade, with our milk production creating a surplus destined for global markets.

To find out more information about dairy products and markets, including market overviews, tariff information, industry and product statistics, visit Exports and Trade.

You can also discover which countries hold strong trade agreements with Australia by visiting the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia’s trade statistics at a glance.

Trade success stories

Saint David Dairy

In this video, owner and Managing Director of Saint David Dairy, Ben Evans, share his experience on what it takes to run a boutique dairy company, and particularly the importance of implementing and managing a water-tight food safety plan.

That's Amore Cheese

Gain an insight into Melbourne cheese company, That’s Amore Cheese, and hear owner Giorgio Liguanti discuss the importance of sourcing local milk to produce a quality product, and how a robust food safety plan could be the difference between success and failure in the dairy industry.

That's Amore Cheese

Gain an insight into Melbourne cheese company, That’s Amore Cheese, and hear owner Giorgio Liguanti discuss the importance of sourcing local milk to produce a quality product, and how a robust food safety plan could be the difference between success and failure in the dairy industry.

Other resources

Dairy Australia is only one source of market research information for the dairy industry. There is a myriad of global organisations who can help you with specific industry research. Listed below are some other organisations that may be able to assist you further.

  • List of organisations


    Australian government resources and assistance for exporters. Austrade contributes to Australia’s economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, governments and citizens.

    Australian Bureau of Statistics

    The ABS purpose is to inform Australia's important decisions by partnering and innovating to deliver relevant, trusted, objective data, statistics and insights.

    Australian Government grants

    Locate the grants and assistance programmes most relevant to your business. Grants are available from the Australian, state and territory governments, and in some cases from local councils. Search through a wide variety of grants in many categories.

    An online government resource for the Australian business community offering simple and convenient access to all government information, assistance, forms and services. It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.

    Central Intelligence Agency (US Gov) World Fact Book

    The World Fact Book provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

    Department of Agriculture (US Gov)

    The Economic Research Service provides key indicators, outlook analysis, and a wealth of data on the U.S. food and agricultural system. Along with information on farming practices, structure, and performance, ERS produces data on such diverse topics as farm and rural households, commodity markets, food marketing, agricultural trade, diet and health, food safety, food and nutrition assistance programs, natural resources and the environment, and the rural economy.

    UN Comtrade Database

    Free access to detailed global trade data. UN Comtrade is a repository of official international trade statistics and relevant analytical tables.

    The Economist

    The research and analysis division of The Economist Group, the sister company to The Economist newspaper. They assist businesses, financial firms and governments to understand how the world is changing and how that creates opportunities to be seized and risks to be managed.

    Euromonitor (login required)

    International market research services and reports (subscription service)

    Export Council of Australia

    Supporting international business and educates and assists Australian companies to take on the world. The ECA has the development of Australia’s resources via the promotion of Australian industry in international markets.

    Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL)

    Industry-led, not-for-profit organisation focused on growing the share of Australian food in the global marketplace, working with the food and Agribusiness industry.

    International Chamber of Commerce (CC)

    The world’s largest business organisation working to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation to accelerate inclusive and sustainable growth.


    IRI integrates the world’s largest set of otherwise disconnected purchase, media, social, causal and loyalty data to help CPG, retail, over-the-counter health care and media companies grow their businesses.


    Sort through the data and deliver accurate, up-to-date information on companies, industries and countries across the world.


    Global business data, analysis & research services. Consolidates statistical data on over 80,000 topics from more than 22,500 sources

    World Bank (UN)

    Country and global data.


    Industry gold standard for new product trends and innovation. With global coverage of the key new products launched, access the highest level of data granularity, local market knowledge and in-depth analysis.


    Consumer studies in more than 100 countries with a complete view of trends and habits on a global scale.


    Please note: Dairy Australia does not partner with or promote any of the organisations listed above. The summary above is to help you continue the journey.

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