Dairy Australia actively participates in regulatory reviews and consultation on the state-based regulations that guide dairy production systems.
Regulatory authorities can generally provide guidance on meeting the latest regulatory requirements, including regional officers, and are the best place to start should with a concern or query.
Environmental Management and Protection
Each state has its own environmental management and protection agency.
Environmental regulation in Victoria
A new Victorian Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and regulations are coming into force 1 July 2021. The new Act and regulations represent a significant change in environmental management across Victoria, with a move from prosecution to prevention of environmental damage.
The centrepiece of the changes is a new General Environmental Duty (GED), which will require all Victorians to take ‘all practicable measures’ to avoid environmental damage. This will operate in a similar way to current WorkSafe arrangements, which farmers are familiar with.
Storage of tyres for use in silage production, management of effluent, and compost production have emerged as the key issues for dairy farm businesses.
Dairy Australia, along with the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, have been engaging with EPA through the Agriculture Reference Group, for over two years. This engagement aims to ensure that the new regulations for on-farm environmental management are commensurate with risk, practical, easy to manage, and do not replicate the extensive risk management processes and procedures that farmers already undertake.
Further information about the changes is available on the EPA website, and in the following documents produced by Dairy Australia:
Dairy Australia will also be presenting a series of webinars for dairy farm businesses on what the changes mean for their day-to-day business. It is expected that these webinars will be held in June/July in time for the start date of 1 July 2021 for the new rules.
Details of these webinars will be posted here and advertised through RDPs, UDV and social media channels.