Dairy Industry Consultative Forum

12 November 2020

The role of the Dairy Industry Consultative Forum (DICF) is to facilitate the exchange of information and provide advice on issues impacting the dairy sector that fall under the Dairy Act 2000, and to provide a setting where dairy regulatory matters can be considered and addressed collaboratively with licensees and other stakeholders.

Scope

The DICF is a consultation body, providing advice, specialist skills, experience and knowledge of the dairy industry to:

  • Assist DFSV by providing feedback and guidance on the effectiveness and efficiency of our regulatory functions and activities
  • Discuss regulatory issues and developments relevant to the industry
  • Provide technical advice on policy development
  • Provide intelligence on operational issues facing the dairy industry, including ways to reduce regulatory burden

The DICF will provide an effective conduit for information exchange between DFSV and the dairy industry, and support informing the industry on operational matters and priorities around licensing, compliance monitoring, enforcement activities, and DFSV resourcing.

Membership

Membership is made up from across the Victorian dairy sector and includes representation from peak bodies.  The role of each member is to provide the forum with strategic advice and ideas that facilitates identification and resolution of issues.

The DICF is chaired by an industry member with the secretariat provided by DFSV.

Current industry members:

Allan Hood, Bulla Dairy Foods

Alison Lansley, Australian Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association

Andrew Pekin, Chobani

Arun Gangadharappa, Saputo

Bradley Wilson, Bega Cheese

Carla Meurs, Holy Goat Cheese/ Australian Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association

Chris Melville, Camperdown Dairy

Corrie Goodwin, Freedom Foods Group Limited

Daniel Cullen, Burra Foods

Janine Waller, Australian Dairy Products Federation

Julie Cameron, Meredith Dairy

Helen Dornom, Dairy Australia

Kirsty Fairbank, Lactalis Australia

Kristina Bader, Lion Dairy and Drinks

May Lee, Fonterra

Paul Mumford, United DairyFarmers Victoria

René Dedoncker, Fonterra (DICF Chair)

DFSV licensees can contact a DICF member to raise any matters they feel should be considered or discussed by the Forum.