Dairy Export Assurance Program (DEAP)

Dairy Australia is partnering with the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry to progress three projects within the Dairy Exports Assurance Program (DEAP) in a once in a generation opportunity to refresh and modernise the regulation of dairy exports.

The Department has received funding for a program aiming to reduce regulatory burden, and streamline audit arrangements in the dairy export sector.


The program is a major investment into the export sector and covers a range of projects which include:


  • Identifying the regulatory hurdles for domestic dairy manufacturers to become an approved establishment.

  • Food safety in commercial assurance programs.

  • Working towards reduced regulatory intervention through improved data.

Work on the DEAP has already begun with the Department working closely with Dairy Australia, as the Delivery Partner and a key industry stakeholder, to ensure that the modernising of the export system remains fit for purpose into the future.


Dairy Australia General Manager, Charles McElhone, said: “Dairy export markets account for more than one third of annual milk production in Australia and have been an extremely important value generator for farmers, processors, and the Australian economy more broadly. It is an extremely competitive global market that we are operating within, but there is enormous further potential to drive value for the Australian milk pool. DEAP’s objective is to make it cheaper and easier for Australian dairy companies to access these export markets and in doing so, enhance the opportunities for the Australian dairy industry.  In addition, this initiative will support our dairy sector’s knowledge, capability and compliance towards the regulatory environment that underpins our dairy trade. This is an exciting collaboration between Dairy Australia and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, highlighting how a partnership approach between government and industry can deliver much better outcomes for all parties.”

This work is part of the Australian Government’s broader Deregulation agenda, focused on reducing regulatory burden for food manufacturers with an initial focus on exporting. Deregulation will also work from the perspective of business and will co-design solutions with businesses and agencies across jurisdictions to identify and remove unnecessary barriers to investment.


DEAP provides an exciting opportunity for the Department to slash unnecessary red-tape to help get dairy products to export markets faster. This supports jobs in rural, regional, and remote Australia, and supports the Australian Government’s commitment to a $100 billion agriculture industry by 2030.


The Department will provide progress updates on the DEAP throughout the program.

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