Quality, innovation and excellence

With its picturesque landscapes, the Australian dairy industry is committed to quality, innovation and excellence. Australian dairy producers craft some of the world's finest dairy products – from the pastures of Victoria to the coastal region of Queensland.

Consumers are already familiar with Australian dairy brands on retail shelves. This is particularly true for key markets in Asia. Our dairy products are highly sought after  internationally. This is driven by our well recognised and accredited dairy production, quality and safety processes.

Around half of our fresh milk is converted into 'drinking' milk for domestic and export customers. The rest is processed into a variety of manufactured dairy products which is used for many purposes. From premium milk, artisanal cheeses, and innovative dairy ingredients – Australian dairy farmers deliver products to meet the needs of buisnesses and consumers.

Australian dairy products are regarded as some of the finest in the world. We are known for our:

  • lush pastures and clean water sources: cows grazing on nutrient-rich grass, results in milk with superior flavour and nutritional value.
  • committment to strict regulations and quality control standards: this ensures that products meet safety and hygiene requirements.
  • innovative practices to increase productivity and sustainability: we integrate technology from robotic milking systems with precision agriculture techniques. This optimises efficiency whilst minimising the environmental impact.
  • focus on animal welfare: our cows are treated with care and respect throughout the entire process.
  • consistent efforts to align with Australia’s Sustainable Development Goals and committment to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

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Australia's dairy industry

World dairy exporter

We are the 4th largest exporter of dairy in the world, exporting around one-third of our annual milk production in the forms of various manufactured dairy products.


The industry employs the equivalent of more than 70,000 full-time jobs, with 56% in regional areas.


  1. Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Dairy Directory, December 2023.
  2. Deloitte Access Economics: Economic and Broader Contribution of the Australian Dairy Processing Industry, September 2021

Austrlian Dairy Directory

Learn more about the Australian Dairy Industry in Austrade's Australian Dairy Directory.