If you are involved in dairy farming for milk production in South Australia, whether with cows, sheep, goats or buffalo, you need to be accredited with the Dairy Authority.

If you are a new farmer seeking accreditation or an existing farmer adding an additional farm requiring accreditation, you will need to complete an application form and submit it to the Dairy Authority as the first step.  Please note, an application fee may be charged.   Click on link for Application Form.  DPPB-2017 V1

For enquiries relating to the accreditation process please call us on (08) 8223 2277.

The Authority works with dairy processors to ensure dairy farms comply with their Food Safety Schemes and FSANZ Standard 4.2.4. The Authority receives and utilises monthly reports from the dairy processors detailing farmer compliance with the Standards and quality test results.  Farmers must comply with company quality standards for total plate count (bacteria), antimicrobials and somatic cell count(dead cells). There are some overseas markets which require additional performance measures.  All dairy farms must pass an annual audit.


The monthly fee for 2017/18 for farmers supplying to large scale dairy processors (receiving 1,000,000 litres of milk or more per annum) is 0.0671 cents per litre.

The 2017/18 fee for dairy farmers supplying small scale dairy processors (defined by the Authority as receiving less than 1,000,000 litres of milk per annum, or receiving milk from other than a dairy farmer) is a flat fee of $545 per annum.

For new applications, an initial one-off fee of $100 is payable on application.

For all farmers, an additional fee of $100 per hour will apply in the event an audit requires additional work necessitating follow-up visits.


Authority staff audit on-farm HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) based food safety programs for all processors except Murray Goulburn. Dairy farmers supplying Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Ltd must comply with their company-specific HACCP based programs, and the Authority accompanies company auditors on some of their audits to monitor competency in their auditing practices and as part of the National Dairy Verification Program.

For those farmers not supplying major processors (including goat, buffalo and sheep milk dairy farmers) Authority staff work with individual dairy farmers to implement and audit the Authority’s program, Quality Dairy, on their farms.

What to do if there is a problem

If you think you have a food safety problem such as a cooling system failure, or pesticide and antibiotic contamination of milk, call us on (08) 8223 2277 as well as your company as soon as possible so we can help you deal with it. It may not be a big deal if dealt with quickly and properly.

Importantly, do not allow any milk to leave your property until the issue is properly identified and rectified.


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