Dairy inquiry

The ACCC is conducting an inquiry into the competitiveness, trading practices, and transparency of the Australian dairy industry.

About the inquiry

On 27 October 2016 the Treasurer issued a notice requiring the ACCC to hold an inquiry into the competitiveness of prices, trading practices and the supply chain in the Australian dairy industry.

The ACCC must submit its report following the inquiry to the Treasurer before 1 November 2017.

The Terms of Reference for the inquiry were set by the Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP:

Terms of Reference [ pdf (290.19 KB) ]

Issues paper

The ACCC released an issues paper in November 2016 seeking feedback on key competition and fair trading issues in the industry. Submissions to the issues paper closed on 12 December 2016.

Dairy Inquiry Issues Paper [ pdf (291.48 KB) | docx (110.97 KB) ]


Published submissions are available at: Dairy inquiry issues paper submissions.


Broadly speaking, the inquiry is a public process and written feedback will be posted on the ACCC website.

The ACCC can accept a claim of confidentiality from the party if the disclosure of information would damage their competitive position. Further information is contained in the issues paper.

Consultation forums

The ACCC is holding public forums between 6 February and 22 March 2017 for dairy farmers.

For further information and to register your interest, visit ACCC dairy inquiry farmer consultation forums.

Summary of main issues

Toowoomba discussion summary - 6 February 2016 [ pdf (239.17 KB) ]
Taree discussion summary - 7 February 2017 [ pdf (160.31 KB) ]


The timeline dates are indicative and will be confirmed as the inquiry progresses.

Stage Date
Commencement date 1 November  2016
Release of issues paper 8 November 2016
Initial information requests to be issued December 2016
Due date for feedback in response to the issues paper 12 December 2016
Public forums and hearings February - June 2017
Final report to be released November 2017


Media enquiries: media@accc.gov.au or 1300 138 917

General enquiries: dairyinquiry@accc.gov.au or 03 9290 1997

Related news

ACCC hosting forums nationally to hear from dairy farmers - 24 January 2017
ACCC releases issues paper for inquiry into the Australian dairy industry - 8 November 2016