Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes recently launched the Dairy RegTech 2022 model at Dairy Food Safety Victorias annual general meeting, with a $500,000 investment from the Andrews Labor Government to pilot the program which reduces the regulatory burden for dairy licensees and supports dairy education initiatives. The pioneering model uses digital data collection and analytics to monitor the food safety performance of dairy businesses and has been designed in collaboration with the Victorian dairy industry to ensure global best practice in dairy regulation. Anyone involved in the production of dairy products in Victoria is required to have a licence and comply with specific conditions. For many licensees, this involves an audit process which focuses on reviewing paper records. The new digital model will support a proactive approach to meeting regulatory requirements and will include education and incentives to promote a positive food safety culture. Dairy Food Safety Victoria is currently working with manufacturers and will kick off the new model with the farming sector from next year. The dairy industry is worth $1.9 billion to Victoria as the countrys largest dairy exporter, we produce 79 per cent of Australias dairy exports. The Labor Government is committed to supporting Victorias dairy industry, which is an important part of the states $14.1 billion agriculture sector and a key component of our plan to grow the sector to $20 billion by 2030.
Premier of Victoria, 22 October 2019