Safe work environment

The dairy industry’s goal is that all business owners and employees have a safe and healthy work environment.

Safety underpins future success

The dairy industry is one of the most important contributors to the Australian economy, especially the Victorian economy, and safety is one of the key factors that will keep the industry competitive and encourage people to work in it.

A safe work environment will ensure accidents are minimised, productivity is enhanced and the full benefits of farm and manufacturing facilities realised.

The dairy industry’s goal is that all our people – whether they work in manufacturing facilities, on farms or in the service sector – have a safe and healthy work environment.

The dairy industry has set a target of 100% of on-farm and manufacturing workers to have completed Occupational Health & Safety training by 2020.

Sustainable Development Goals

The dairy industry’s Framework will help support the Australian government to tackle the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal #8 to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. We are also guided by the International Labour Organisation Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights:

8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.

8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.