Lots of reporting of exports but not much reported on imports

Australia regularly promotes its dairy industry as a major exporter – with old figures displayed with fervour.

But who really wants to know how much is Imported?

Here are some import figures for the 2018 year courtesy of the ABS and Dairy Australia.


Cheese – 111,000 tonnes

Infant food. – 42,774 tonnes

Butter. – 36,402 tonnes

Whole milk powder – 29,147 tonnes

Lactose. – 27,957 tonnes

Liquid milk – 25,297 tonnes

Ice cream – 24,121 tonnes

Whey powder – 15,704 tonnes

Skim Milk Powder – 10,126 tonnes

Condensed milk – 3094 tonnes

Yoghurt – 1677 tonnes.

Total – recognising that the are liquid and solid products in the mix.

327,255 tonnes of product imported.

This is a lot of dairy product.

The milk and butter would require about 1.8 BILLION litres of milk to produce.

That is about 30% of Victorias milk!!

Australia needs to plan for the future!!!



  1. Avatar for Lori Lori on March 6, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Why do we need to import we have what we need right here on home soil it doesn’t make any sense.

    • Avatar for Andrew Weinert Andrew Weinert on March 6, 2019 at 8:12 am

      It’s a mix of lower cost imports, long term overseas contracts, (just like gas) internal competition and dropping milk supply.

      You are correct Lori – it does not make sense.

  2. Avatar for Grace Boskma Grace Boskma on March 7, 2019 at 8:56 am

    It makes more sense to me, as Australia was a biggest food trade before and now we are in strife of production and lesser exports.

  3. Avatar for Andrea Andrea on March 7, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    This is disgusting!! After the UN Lima Agreement was signed in 1975, it was the demise of our manufacturing and farming, and the start of mass imports into Australia! Want to help get Australia back?? https://m.facebook.com/Your-Will-Be-Done-Lets-sack-the-Parliament-522591114871106/?hc_location=ufi

  4. Avatar for Jean DAndrea Jean DAndrea on March 10, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I am a friend of this FBer and I work for McCormicks Foods Australia in the production Melbourne plant. The Company ( which is USA company) is global and is able to purchase large amounts of products from all parts of the Planet at reduced costs compared to Aussie Mfrs. A lot of our Dairy powders come from NZ and spices from Asia.

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